Giving us the creeps?

August 16, 2011

Blog Guy, last week you wrote about an opinion poll naming Casey Anthony the “most hated person in America.”

You said of the people who had heard of her, 94 percent didn’t like her. But you also said that 57 percent found her creepy. Was that a different poll?

No, just a subset of the same poll. Her 57 percent creepy quotient puts her right above O.J. Simpson, who scores a 56.

Did the poll find anyone creepier than Casey Anthony?

Only one person. Musician Marilyn Manson, who is practically off the charts creepy.

But aren’t being creepy and hated kind of similar?

Not always. The E-Poll Market Research folks tell me there are generally two types of creepy people. Those who are perceived as spooky – like author Stephen King and director West Craven – and those who are perceived as actual creeps, like Anthony and Simpson and former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.

Those on the spooky side of the creepy list may actually be very well-liked.

Then why did you go out of your way to use a shot of Stephen King looking like a real creep?

Come on, could you pass up that shot?

Who else do Americans think is very creepy?

Would it surprise you if I said actor Mickey Rourke or Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards?

No, Blog Guy, that would not surprise me. I notice you also used a shot of former almost presidential contender Donald Trump. Is he high up on the creepy list?

Not exactly. His creep factor is just 27 percent, but it’s higher now than it has ever been. The bottom line on Trump is, if more than a quarter of the people who recognize you would wait for the next elevator, that’s creepy enough in my book.

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Combo left: Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich leaves the Dirksen federal building after his arraignment hearing in Chicago, April 14, 2009. REUTERS/Frank Polich

Combo right: U.S. singer Marilyn Manson gestures during a news conference in Vienna, June 28, 2010. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Left: Best-selling author Stephen King in a 1970 file photo. REUTERS/Handout

Right: Actor Mickey Rourke arrives for a news conference in Hollywood, California March 30, 2009. REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus

Bottom left: Property investor Donald Trump poses with former Miss Universe Beauty Queens in New York, July 27, 2011. REUTERS/Jamie Fine

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I appreciate the juxtaposition of Rod and Marilyn. I’m finding myself secretly hoping that there will be a partial eyebrow migration.

Posted by sarabelle | Report as abusive

I vote for
King to be rightfully spooky,
Rourke to be rightfully creepy
Donald to be rightfully beyond being human.

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

I would wonder how Hugh Heffner figures on the creepy list?
Also, I just noticed how much Marilyn Manson looks like Nicholas Cage. Creepy.

Posted by Nosmo_King | Report as abusive

@RB: Stephen King just looks young and in the 70’s!

Please do not sign up Mickey Rourke for the OE Tour to Krasnoyarsk.

@Nosmo: Marilyn and Nicholas – twin sons of different mothers? Have they entered look alike contests?

@Shra: good one! Do you think the Miss Universe contestants have the pained expression on their faces because they didn’t sign up for the Krasnoyarsk Tour? Or did they forget and take the same elevator as Donald?

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

my favorite Stephen King quote: People want to know why I do this, why I write such gross stuff. I like to tell them I have the heart of a small boy… and I keep it in a jar on my desk.

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Posted by GeorgiaPeach | Report as abusive

You can recognise the real creepy ones because when they try to act normal you still perceive them as creepy or having a strange “vibe”, as if they didn’t have a clue about how to interact in situations.
The just spooky are the ones you don’t think are creepy even in the weirdest situation.

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Posted by Amy300 | Report as abusive

In my experience, only poor, unattractive creeps are problematic for most men and women.

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

Wise words Doc.

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

Where’s fwd? I’m sure he would have enjoyed the beauty queens…or are his eyes stuck on just one duchess now?

Posted by Malteser | Report as abusive