Celebrity A-Hole of the Year---Jesse Jackson
His 2001 started out on a down note with the National Enquirer's blockbuster revelation that he fathered a child out of wedlock. To make matters worse, the child' mother, Karen Stanford (above), alleged that Jesse talked about getting an abortion and had failed to financially support the child. It was also revealed that Jesse brought a pregnant Ms. Stanford to the White House during the Clinton-Monica period when he was "ministering" to Bill Clinton about the sorry state of the Clinton marriage. You can't make this stuff up!
Remember all of Bill Clinton's disgraceful pardons? One that went relatively unnoticed was the pardon of Mel Reynolds. Does that name ring a bell? Democratic congressman Mel Reynolds was sent to jail for criminal sexual assault and solicitation of child pornography. Isn't it ironic that he was pardoned by Bill Clinton, a guy who knows a thing or two about deviant sexual behavior. Jesse saw fit to hire this guy right after he was pardoned as, get this, a Rainbow/PUSH consultant for - prison reform! What a disgrace, Jesse hiring a convicted child molester!
2001 would get even worse for Jesse. By mid-year Jesse was fending off repeated verbal attacked by Fox News' Bill O'Reilly over how and where he gets all of his money. Jesse has been using his Rainbow PUSH coalition as an extortion vehicle for years. Here is a typical example, the CEO of Cypress Semiconductor told Bill O'Reilly that Jackson demanded his company hire "consultants," people close to Jackson, for advice on how to integrate the company. As Cypress is very well integrated, the CEO told Jackson to take a hike. That my friends is extortion. Now that Jesse's persona had been so damaged, people like the CEO of Cypress are less afraid to come forward publicly. In the past, nobody challenged Jesse for fear of being labeled 'racist'. All of that has changed.
Not content to bury his head in shame and go away, Jesse soon pounced on the war in Afghanistan as a way to re-polish his tarnished image. Jesse claimed that religious leaders of the Taliban had contacted him and asked for his involvement on the issue of the foreign aid workers being held in Afghanistan. Jesse got several days of press coverage post- Sept. 11 as he publicly debated the Taliban's invitation to bring a 'delegation of religious leaders' to Afghanistan. Jesse met with Secretary of State Colin Powell and was told in no uncertain terms, "go away".
When a western journalist finally asked the Taliban spokesman about their interest in Jesse Jackson coming to Afghanistan to intervene in the dispute of the foreign aid workers, the spokesman replied, "Jesse who?" You see, Jesse had made the whole thing up. He was trying to use the greatest tragedy in American history to improve his image. A truly shameless and despicable thing to do.
What a year for Jesse Jackson.
It is for these reasons that Pundit Review has selected Jesse Jackson as Celebrity A-Hole of the Year!
Black culture appears to believe that no crime is too great to overlook as long as it appears that "blackie has been a victim of whitie." I am sure that Reynold's stated story has as many holes in it as OJ's alibi.
Add Jerry Lee Lewis parody song playing in the background "Whole Lotta F**king Going On"