Barbara Walters Picks Amal Clooney As “Most Fascinating Person Of The Year” – Backlash Was Immediate


Barbara Walters chose Amal Clooney (née Alamuddin) as her most fascinating person of the year, stating “This is Amal Alamuddin, George Clooney’s beautiful bride. You could say hers was the wedding of the year. It was really one of the greatest achievements in human history,” referring to having landed the world’s former most eligible bachelor.

The howling started almost immediately.

“Yes, in Walters’ world, marrying Hollywood’s most notorious bachelor puts you on par with Mother Teresa [a former most fascinating person],” commented a writer in the Washington Post.

And @ABC2020 @GMA @BarbaraJWalters “Most fascinating person is fascinating because she married a man? Congrats on setting women back 200 years.”

Although some championed the choice, many noted that the woman chosen is a significant human rights lawyer who clerked for then-federal judge Sonia Sotomayor and has defended the likes of Julian Assange. Yet it was marrying Clooney that Walters noted as her fascinating achievement.

This is not the first time that Walters has chosen a woman whose principal achievement would appear to be marrying a powerful man. In 2005 she named Camilla Parker Bowles her most fascinating person; in 2002 it was Laura Bush, neither of whom has distinguished herself in personal or significant ways.

The rest of Walters’ list includes Taylor Swift, Michael Strahan, philanthropist  David Koch, Oprah Winfrey, businessman Elon Musk, George R.R. Martin, Chelsea Handler, Neil Patrick Harris and Scarlett Johansson.

Amal Clooney was not even interviewed for the piece, which riled people even further.

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