2012’s 10 Most Fascinating People

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December 18, 2012 by theappress.wordpress.com

Last week ABC aired the annual special, Barbara Walter’s 10 Most Fascinating People. While watching it I agree with most of the people that were chosen, but here’s a revised list of people I agree earned the spot as one of the most fascinating people of the year and of those whom I would have liked to see:

  • Captain Francesco Schettino- The Captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship still has some clarification to give on the day the Costa Concordia sank off the coast of the Tuscan Island of Giglio in Italy. Abandoning his ship, Schettino gained negative press after 32 people died in the incident and many more were injured. However, the captain says his side of the story will be published in a book that is in progress. Nevertheless the event was one of the biggest stories of the 2012.

Photo: AMPAS.

  • Seth MacFarlane- Though he wasn’t exactly a household name, actor and singer Seth MacFarlane has quite an impressive resume’. As one of the youngest succesful producers of an animated show he had immediate success with the show Family Guy which led to multiple spin-offs. As the voice of most of the characters of the show he turned to a new project, this year’s film Ted. In the meantime he’s also come out with his first album and will be hosting this year’s Academy Awards in January, hopefully brining lots of laughs.
  • Gabby Douglas- As the first female black woman to win the team and individual gold medal for gymnastics, Gabby Douglas went from being unknown to a household name overnight. The 16-year-old revealed to Barbara Walters the early hardships her family endured, from being homeless to being abandoned by her father, yet Douglas didn’t let any of that hold her back and certainly isn’t done with gymnastics anytime soon. It’s safe to say we’ll be seeing more of Douglas at the next summer Olympics in Brazil.
  • David Petraeus- A man who was once celebrated but is now surrounded by scandal David Petraeus’ extramarital affair with his biographer has been the top of headlines for weeks. Though Barbara Walters named him the most fascinating person of the year, a title he held two years ago for his military service, I don’t believe a person who has had so much negative press deserves the number one spot. Yes, his story is shocking and certainly all over the news, but I think Mr. Petraeus needs to avoid the limelight for a while and doesn’t exactly deserve to be written about or in the hot seat for now.
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    Hilary Clinton- Everyone is hoping this powerhouse will be running for the 2016 election though the Secretary of State says she’s rather focus on philanthropic projects for now. Here’s to a woman who has mended so many relationships with other countries and helped those in need across the globe. She’d have my vote.

  • Chris Christie- New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie put the election aside after hurricane Sandy and toured the wreckage of the state, helping those affected by the disaster. Christie received backlash for thanking President Obama for his help with hurricane Sandy relief and many accused his actions as favoring Obama rather than Romney. Though characterized as hot-headed, his blunt honesty is refreshing in the world of decorated politics.

    Sandra Fluke- The woman who brought on the controversial debate of whether or not women’s birth control should be covered in health care plans. Fluke became the buzz after being denied a chance to speak at a Republican-run House hearing and later being called a “slut” by radio personality Rush Limbaugh. She was later able to state her case at the Democratic national convention. I’d especially love to hear her comments and reactions to Ted Akin’s “legitimate rape” comments and Richard Mourdock’s comments on how even pregnancies from rapes are “a gift from God.”

  • E. L. James- So even though I don’t want to, I have to agree with Barbara’s choice picking E.L. James as one of the most fascinating people of 2012. If you don’t know who she is, she happens to be the author of a book you may have heard of…50 Shades of Grey sound familiar? She’s got a movie based on the books in development and with a book sold worldwide every second she beat J.K Rowling’s record!
  • Honey Boo Boo- Here’s another that will probably get many eye rolls, but hey, this little girl has taken the world by storm by simply being herself. I’ll admit at first I couldn’t stand her, but the more I read about her and saw on her show the more I realized that she’s just a crazy, happy little girl with a family that clearly loves each other and loves to have fun. What’s even better is that she embraces her body, her weirdness and isn’t afraid to talk about any taboo. So you’d better redneckonize.
  • Malala Yousafzai- In my opinion this girl deserves Time magazine’s person of the year award for sure and the top spot as the most fascinating person of the year. Since the Taliban took over the north-west region of Pakistan she lives in, girls like Malala were forbidden to go to school. However, she put up an incredible fight continuing to go to school. In October she was shot in the head by members of the Taliban when they boarded her school-bus as she was coming home. She has miraculously recovered and will continue to fight for her right to an education and equality for women in Pakistan.

Malala in 2009 (Veronique de Viguerie / Getty Images)


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