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Poll finds Kanye West is 2009′s Scrooge
If “A Christmas Carol” came to Hollywood, rap star Kanye West would be Scrooge and 9 year-old Frankie Jonas, the youngest Jo Bro, would make a great Tiny Tim, according to results in a survey of more than 1,900 children, teens and adults that was released on Wednesday.
Also, when E-Poll Market Research asked respondents for its annual holiday survey what “celebrity” they would most like to spend New Year’s Eve with, U.S. President Barack Obama came out as one of the top choices, along with talk show host Oprah Winfrey and singer Taylor Swift.
But it was the feature of the survey that identified celebrities with popular Christmas characters that produced the most noteworthy results and labeled West as the new Scrooge.
West received widespread scorn after he took the microphone from Taylor Swift at the MTV Video Music Awards in September, and it appears that the survey results are proceeding along that wavelength in calling him the year’s Scrooge. Frankie Jonas, who has a recurring role on the Disney television show “Jonas” and voiced the main character in this year’s animated film “Ponyo,” is so young that it’s probably a natural pick for survey respondents to link him to Tiny Tim, although fortunately for him, he has none of Tiny Tim’s tragic infirmities.
The survey also identified television weatherman Al Roker with Frosty the Snowman, “American Idol” alpha judge Simon Cowell with the volcanic Heat Miser from the Christmas TV classic “The Year Without a Santa Claus,” and sometimes scary actor Christopher Walken with the spindly Jack Skellington, the lead character in Tim Burton’s 1993 film “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”
E-Poll Market Research said it linked the celebrities to Christmas characters by having survey respondents describe attributes of celebrities, and then matching those findings with Christmas characters with similar attributes.
In another part of the survey, respondents named heiress Paris Hilton, divorced reality stars Jon and Kate Gosselin and singer Britney Spears as the celebrities they hope get “stranded on an island in 2010″ and forgotten about.