Ooh, does that sound too negative? Not sure anyone’s going to want to click on that link. Oh well, too late now.
At Ranker, we try to accentuate the positive. Like in that old song. “My Favorite Things.” Anyway, that’s why you’ll see a lot of Ranker lists posted on the front page, and around the Web, for “Best Of” lists. Those are huge. Everyone wants to hear the best bands, see the best movies, wear the best brands and eat the best shark recipes available. (Yes, of course that’s a thing.)
But a lot of the most interesting lists aren’t about the Best stuff that’s out there. They’re about the Worst things in life. And it’s about time we stopped being so prejudiced against Worst Of lists, which in their own way, can be just as informative and entertaining as the other kind. (Not to mention dryly amusing, when done properly.)
So here’s a quick rundown of the Best of the Worst Ranker lists of the moment. Well, wait, they’re not the Worst lists. They’re the Worst-Of lists. The Best of the Worst of Ranker lists? No, that just sounds weird. Damn… this blog post sucks…
The CrowdRanked list that asks the question: “Which was the worse crime against decency and good taste? The mullet or the jegging?” I know, it’s tough…
Personally, I’m a bit offended that my own suggestion – shutter shades – isn’t doing better. Is there ANYONE besides Kanye West and maybe the occasional Asian DJ who thinks shutter shades still look cool?
This is the Wikipedia file photo for the concept of “shutter shades.” The Wikipedia editors are trying to tell you to stop wearing them in the only way they know how.
Because this is a CrowdRanked list, you can actually continue adding new suggestions on there by making your own list. I’m not sure if you can top Hammer Pants or Crocs in terms of most widespread, egregious fashion disasters… but I welcome you to give it a try.
It’s sort of commonly understood that everyone who wins an Academy Award must be hugely talented. Even if maybe they didn’t deserve it for the thing that actually won, as when Scorsese won an Oscar for “Departed” that was largely seen as a retroactive award for his entire filmography… it’s hard to knock Oscar winners in general as being a talented crop of people.
Having said that, a number of the past winners of the Best Actor award (and really, in every acting category) didn’t exactly go on to win the same manner of accolades for their entire careers. So it’s time to look back at all the Best Actor winners and pick out the ones who, perhaps in retrospect, maybe shouldn’t have that trophy on their mantle.
Hey, Roberto, how big do you think your chances are of taking the #1 spot in this list?
Yeah, seriously, what the hell was going on that year? A romantic comedy set at a concentration camp? That really worked for you, America of the 1990s? It’s like, for a few years there, someone put Dexter in charge of Miramax or something. That is just grim.
It’s hard to straight-up do a “Worst Reality Shows” list… because some of them are so bad they are actually pretty good. That’s kind of the point. If you’re watching “Hoarders,” you’re probably under no illusions that this is going to be an hour well spent, expanding your horizons such as you would when reading a great novel or learning a new skill. You just want to see some losers living on top of rodent skeletons so that you can go to sleep knowing at least 2 people out live a lifestyle even more off-putting than your own. I get that.
Still, we can all agree on some common ground, that some reality shows are just smarter than others. For example, some reality shows don’t feature Snooki. So there you go right there.
Don’t worry about it, though… One day, all TV shows will feature Snooki. Here she is auditioning for Andy Rooney’s recently-vacated “60 Minutes” spot.
Unsurprisingly, “Toddlers and Tiaras” and the Kardashian family have been performing strong right out of the gate. I was sort of surprised to see how many “classic” reality shows had made the list, though. Considering that most reality TV is designed to be immediately satisfying and then extremely disposable, it’s amazing this many people even recall “Temptation Island” or “The Ashlee Simpson Show” enough to hate them. And yet… here we are… I’m so proud of all of you for hanging on to your disgust over the years, even the decades.
Finally, a pair of lists about the “Occupy Wall Street” movement that has captured the American public’s fascination and attention this past month. (At least, during all our spare time in between Internet searches for a scorpion jacket like Ryan Gosling wore in “Drive” that we are convinced will make us the hit of the Halloween party even though every third guy is probably going to show up in one of those.)
Yes, a pair of lists. Because I don’t want to post just one political list, and it happens to lean to one side of the spectrum or the other and we get ones of dozens of e-mails from angry people about how Ranker hates the Constitution and Ranker’s killing 3 acres of rainforest every second and websites for list-making were Leon Trotsky’s idea originally anyway. Cause none of us need that.
So first up is a list of silly videos in which Occupy Wall Street protesters (and other sympathetic protesters from solidarity movements across the nation) demonstrate their not-exactly-100%-firm grasp on the economic issues at stake.
Like this guy, who’s seriously upset that Radiohead didn’t show up to play at the protest, as was promised. He’s basically holding a side protest at the protest about how he didn’t get to see Radiohead for free:
Which is weird because exactly how is Radiohead considered protest music anyway? It’s hard to really get your righteous anger on to, say, “No Surprises.”
And for those of you who firmly support the protesters and don’t at all like the idea of a list mocking them, check out this guide to the most unhinged mainstream media reactions to the OWS movement. It includes gems like this clip of “Fox and Friends” referring to the protesters as criminals and drug users:
Seriously, what is up with that show. Next, they’ll be inviting the children of legendary country music stars on to come on and compare Obama to Hitler.