It’s the end of the week, so it’s time to unwind, prepare for the weekend, and take a tally of who’s managed to piss us off throughout the course of the past seven days.
Some of these contenders have truly spurred our righteous and indignant anger, while others have simply offended our tasteful sensibilities. Either way, this Christmas, we’ll be sending them the gift of our collective vitriol:
1. Dr. Larry Nassar
The former athletic director for Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics was arrested in November for sexually abusing minors. Since his arrest, over 60 women have come forward, claiming that Nassar molested them during unnecessarily invasive medical exams. The FBI also discovered that Nassar’s computer contained thousands of child pornography images.
Nassar was arraigned on Wednesday in a federal court, and plead not guilty to two counts of child pornography. He is currently awaiting trial in jail.
To be clear, this despicable behavior deserves more than a flippant exclamation of “aw, HELL naw” — it deserves a sentencing that will ensure this sexual predator never has the opportunity to sexually abuse women ever again. Even though this man is (rightfully) included on this occasionally humorous list, that is not intended to lessen his alleged crimes, or make light of them in any way.
2. Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna
The notoriously dramatic pair made waves this weekend when Blac Chyna moved out of fiancé Rob Kardashian’s house, taking the couple’s newborn baby, Dream, with her. Now, however, it sounds like the pair have made up, against all the better judgement in the world. “They are going to counseling together and are back on,” a source confirmed to Us Weekly.
I don’t understand — did these two somehow develop amnesia? While reconciliation is very in the spirit of the season, perhaps these two should take a step back and consider the fact that, perhaps, they would do best to leave each other alone.
If not for the sanity of the general public, the two should at least honor a peaceful separation for the sake of poor baby Dream. She deserves better than all of this empty drama.
3. Bill Huizenga
This U.S. Representative for Michigan’s second congressional district claimed this week that he supports increasing health insurance deductibles, and encouraging the general public to save and allocate their money for healthcare expenses.
Huizenga’s reasoning is that, if the money is coming out of pocket, people are much more likely to be shrewd in their healthcare spending. Huizenga then went on to give an anecdote that supposedly supported this point, saying that, when he and his wife were unsure whether his son had broken an arm or simply sprained it, they decided to wait overnight to see if they pain went away before actually taking the kid to the doctor.
You know, like perfectly sane, frugal people!
(For what it’s worth, the arm was, in fact, broken.)
I don’t care if you support higher insurance deductibles (I’m not really sure why you would, but whatever, live your life), but doesn’t this story somehow constitute child abuse? Or, at the very least, some form of negligent parenting?? It seems to me that an emergency situation is the absolute last moment when you should be concerned about pinching pennies — which, hello, is why we have health insurance in the first place, you lunatic.
4. Justin Bieber
The long and short of this story is that Justin Bieber has been wearing what appears to be an arctic snow beast around the streets of Los Angeles — where the weather is a balmy 60 degrees, and certainly does not warrant an enormous fur coat.
Basically: Justin Bieber is making nauseating fashion choices yet again, and we all get to deal with it.
5. This Racist Woman At A JC Penney In Kentucky
Apparently, this unidentified customer in Kentucky just couldn’t wait for the two Hispanic women in front of her to finish checking out. As the sales attendant was ringing them up, one of the women added more items to the basket — and the elderly woman behind her decided that this action warranted a good ol’ country-fried racist tirade.
She went off on the two Hispanic women, saying “Go back to wherever the f*ck you come from, lady,” and “You’re probably on welfare. Tax payers probably paid for all that stuff.” When one of the women appeared to apologize, the irate woman replied “It’s OK, speak English! You’re in America. If you don’t know it, learn it.”
The whole incident was, to say the least, utterly despicable.
To their credit, JC Penney issued a statement on the video to the Washington Post, saying:
We regret that innocent bystanders — both other customers and a J.C. Penney associate — were subjected to such discriminatory remarks … We absolutely do not tolerate this behavior in our stores, and are working with our associates to ensure any future incidents of this nature will be addressed quickly and appropriately.
The only small consolation is that this woman clearly forgot that she lives in an age where everyone carries a smartphone — and where every bit of footage is immortalized forever. I hope her impassioned comments were worth it, because she’s now officially at the top of everyone’s sh*t list this week.