The New York Press has released the 2nd annual
"50 Most Loathsome New Yorkers" issue.
"In defining the word ‘loathsome,’ we cast
a wide net and caught all manner of frauds, blowhards and bloodsuckers,"
the New York Press wrote. "Sometimes the people displaying this behavior
are representative of unseen forces and larger groups; other times they’re self-contained
symbols, their loathsomeness obvious."
Rapper 50 Cent is the only rapper to make the
list this year, checking in at number 48.
"Look at you, up from the underground with
mix tapes and DVDs in hand, riding the coattails of Jam Master Jay’s murder
into the TRL ether," the article reads. "We probably could have handled
the Teen People cover, but the Teen People centerfold was off the cliff: You
posed in a bulletproof vest for a glossy magazine aimed at 12-year-old girls.
Did you know that the press release for your Grammy performance had you next
to Celine Dion and Richard Marx? Time to go get fitted for a pair of MC Hammer
pants and bring your act to Foxwoods."
Bruce Ratner, the multi-millionaire developer
led the purchase of the New Jersey Nets with a group of investors that included
Jay-Z, checked in at number 49.
"It would be nice to have a pro team back
in Brooklyn," The New York Press quipped. "It would also be nice if
wings sprouted from our shoulders and we could fly like pixies. Wannabe Batman
villain Bruce Ratner pays no heed to the heinous traffic mess a new arena would
create for Flatbush and Atlantic Aves. He speaks nothing of the people forced
out of their homes, nor of the enormous amount of public dough needed to fund
his private enterprise, nor of the dozens of buildings being condemned at ludicrously
undervalued prices—even as his nearby, failed Atlantic Center Mall depends
on City Hall back-scratches to pay rent. A true visionary, Ratner can only see
his multi-billion-dollar dream extending heavenward. The people of Brooklyn
are just diorama props for investor display, pouring soda and serving hot dogs
at minimum wage."
Donny Deutsch, the D in Russell Simmons’ defunct
advertising venture D-Rush, also made the list.
"The chief of David Deutsch Associates says
he only hires ‘Jews, chicks and f###,’ and is known for tearing off his shirt
during office hours and saying—without irony—things like, ‘I can kick
the ass of any CEO in advertising!’ Think Steven Seagal meets Charlotte Beers.
The "Elvis of Advertising" has been dabbling with a CNBC talk show
and even told New York magazine that he’d consider running for mayor. Qualifications:
good at selling sh*t, does lots of pushups. Look out, Bloomie.’
The Hilton Sisters, Lenny Kravitz, the cast of
Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, Moby, Sarah Jessica Parker, Donald Trump, Howard
Stern, Rupert & Lachlan Murdoch all made the list, while former Mayor Rudy
Giuliani landed at the number 1 spot.