Jerry Sandusky: Is it really that hard to say you’re not attracted to underage boys? Sure, Sandusky is innocent until proven guilty — but the ex-Penn State coach has done himself any favors with his awkward defense against pedophilia charges.
Kris Humphries & Kim Kardashian: Their “marriage” may have only lasted 72 days but the exhausting and completely unnecessary coverage of this vapid couple lasted all year long ad nauseum.
Herman Cain: First it was funny, then offensive and finally kind of pathetic. Cain briefly seemed poised to become the GOP nominee for president. Instead he wound up playing a right-wing martyr when sex allegations destroyed his campaign.
Donald Trump: Where to begin. He made headlines for weeks questioning everything about our president — from his intelligence to his citizenship. Even though Obama demolished all his claims, he’s still threatening to run for president as a third party candidate. You’re fired! Enough!
Rebecca Black: After tween ‘singer’ was widely ridiculed for her awful Auto-tuned single “Friday” she still managed to get mainstream popularity. A testament to the sad state of the music industry.
Stanley Crouch: A last minute addition to our list, this writer took a oddball cheap shot at theGrio in a column for the Daily News and didn’t substantiate his claims at all.
Casey Anthony: The salacious and sickening Casey Anthony preoccupied media coverage for months, and when it was all over what did we learn? Oh, nothing.
Lil Wayne’s wardrobe: The merits of Wayne’s Tha Carter IV are up for debate, but his oddball fashion choices of late are not — leave the jeggings at home next year Weezy.
Nicole Scherzinger: Rumor has it the former Pussycat Doll may not return to the hit reality show The X Factor next season. And fans of that show likely will be saying ‘good riddance’. Her tearful indecisiveness cost one young performer her chance at a fortune.
Kobe Bryant: Kobe’s egotistical ball-hogging antics on the court have turned off all but Lakers fans for years, but recent allegations that he may have cheated on his wife are just foul.
V Nasty: This obscure rapper has made a name for herself, not because of her lyrics, but because of her copious use of the n-word. She should know that’s a no-no for any white person.
Sarah Palin: We thought the Sarah Palin spectacle ended last year and she has faded from the media spotlight. But that didn’t stop her for publicly freaking out over Obama’s Christmas card! Give it a rest governor!
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As we look back on the year 2011 — we tend to try to try to think of what made the last 12 months memorable, or even great. But there’s also the more unpleasant aspects — and off-putting people — of the past year. In this slideshow, theGrio runs down our least favorite prominent figures of 2011 (Donald Trump anyone?) and kindly ask them to stay put there.