Celebrity: Ann Coulter
Ann Coulter is normally one of those loudmouth Republicans that is either someone Liberals love to hate and just plain hate, but she was especially awful in 2012. So awful, in fact, that one has to wonder if she's inhaling too many fumes when bleaching her hair constantly. The two biggest things: In an appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher, she claimed that "real racism" no longer exists in America, and she called President Obama a "retard" on her Twitter feed.
Saying shocking things in politics is a surefire way to gain attention and ratings for any network. In fact, the whole reason Fox News became as notorious as it did for being a Republican circus was because chairman Roger Ailes put the outrageous Glenn Beck on the network in 2008—a move that earned them $900 million along with their shitty reputation. Doing something like calling the president a slur for mentally disabled people is guaranteed to get someone like Ann Coulter attention, which she needs to sell the books she keeps releasing.
Fortunately, it didn't get her the right kind of attention: Parents of children with special needs began demanding apologies from the bleached blonde conservative, and a 30-year-old Special Olympian with Down syndrome, John Franklin Stephens, posted an open letter on the Special Olympics blog addressing Coulter's language and saying that she, and society, "need to learn that being compared to people like me should be considered a badge of honor."
Both her appearance on Bill Maher and her ill-worded tweet were low attempts at getting attention. We've lost all hope of her ever being anything less than an annoying presence in the political commentary sphere, so for 2013 she should at least grant the world this: Be a decent human being, and respect others. —Tanya Ghahremani