#6: Tony Hayward
One would think the CEO of a company that caused the largest manmade environmental disaster of all time would be consumed with anxiety and grief over the thousands of lives affected. Meet Tony Hayward, CEO of British Petroleum, whose post-disaster impulse was to make his company seem like the real victims and deny that the spill had much of an impact. “What the hell did we do to deserve this?” he asked. (A whole lot, it turns out.) In May, when addressing a group of reporters, Hayward claimed that “the environmental impact of this disaster is likely to be very, very modest.” Really?
But hey, at least he’s sorry.
#7: Kenneth Kratz
The Wisconsin prosecutor—now forever branded the “sexting D.A.”—was caught sending dozens of suggestive text messages to a young woman while he was prosecuting her ex-boyfriend in a domestic abuse case. As much as we love a good soapbox rant, we’ll let the messages speak for themselves:
- Are you the kind of girl that likes secret contact with an older married elected DA … the riskier the better?
- Hey … Miss Communication, what’s the sticking point? Your low self-esteem and your fear you can’t play in my big sandbox? Or???
- I’m the atty. I have the $350,000 house. I have the 6-figure career. You may be the tall, young, hot nymph but I am the prize!
- I would not expect you to be the other woman. I would want you to be so hot and treat me so well that you’d be THE woman! R U that good?
And this from the man who founded and headed up the Wisconsin Crime Victims’ Rights Board. Kratz claimed the texts were just a “series of respectful messages” and refused to resign until he was “voted out.” It took a request by the governor—and leaked information from other victims—for Kratz to finally leave office and publicly apologize.
#8: Mel Gibson
Have you seen trailers for The Beaver? Poor Jodie Foster—her dark comedy looks like a YouTube parody of a Mel Gibson movie. But it wouldn’t be nearly as unwittingly hilarious if the already racist, anti-Semitic actor hadn’t disqualified himself from all present and future Husband of the Year awards right before the film was set to be released. For a print version of his (very NSFW) sweet nothings to Oksana Grigorieva, we recommend the version with kittens.
#9: Terry Jones
When the Pope, President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and half the world’s leaders tell you that maybe—just maybe—hosting a mass burning of the Koran is a terrible idea, you stop immediately, right?
Wrong. Terry Jones, the handlebar-mustached pastor from Florida, stuck to his bigoted guns until the absolute last second, pretended to back down, then changed his mind, then changed it again—but only because he thought the stunt had called enough attention to how “dangerous and radical” Islam is.
Radical is the key word here.