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10 Most Hated Men in America
Shakespeare: In time we hate that which we often fear
The most hated men in America can be hated for just one reason or many: conceit, arrogance, criminality, heartlessness, cruelty, ugliness, cowardice, indifference, avarice, misogyny, miserliness, thoughtlessness - or you name it. And keep in mind, all the men on this list are American citizens and still alive. Thus, you won’t find on this compilation Hitler, Stalin, Al Capone or Ted Bundy. Nor is the list in any particular order, because it’s not the intent of the author to name the most hated man in America.
Also bear in mind the author does not hate any of the people on this list. The list simply reflects a perception that perhaps tens of millions of people may hate these guys. Of course, at some point in time, all of these men may mend their ways and become much more likeable folks.
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1. Bernie Madoff
Bernie Madoff committed the largest investment fraud in the history of the US, cheating many investors for at least $18 billion. This financial scam, a so-called Ponzi Scheme, may have started as long ago as the 1970s and lasted until 2008. Madoff’s game was designed to make huge profits for investors in a relatively short period of time, but there never were any investments; in fact, the business may never have been legitimate in any way. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigated Madoff’s company, Bernie L. Madoff Investment Securities (a family business more of less), back in the early 2000s, but didn’t find anything incriminating. However, the FBI finally caught up with Madoff in 2008 and he was convicted of numerous felonies and sentenced to 150 years in prison.
2. Governor Rick Snyder
While governor of Michigan from 2011 to 2015, Rick Snyder appointed several people to manage the water supply for the city of Flint, Michigan. Then in 2014, in an effort to save $5 million, one of these managers switched the source of Flint’s water supply from Lake Huron to the Flint River, a body of water heavily polluted with trihalomethanes, very corrosive industrial compounds. Soon, it became known these chemicals leached lead from old water pipes, giving lead poisoning to many of Flint’s residents. Governor Snyder was blamed for the contamination, and four families filed a federal class action lawsuit against Snyder and other state officials (criminal indictments were also filed). Snyder apologized for the incident and asked the federal government to declare a state of emergency in Flint. At one point, Snyder pledged to drink Flint’s tap water for 30 days, helping prove the water was safe to drink, but Snyder reneged on his promise, instead going to Europe.
3. Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby has had an illustrious career as an American entertainer, actor, author and producer. Starting in the 1960s, Cosby was a stand-up comedian and soon starred in TV shows such as I Spy. Then, in the 1970s, Cosby created and produced the TV show Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, a TV series that ran for more than 10 years. And, in the 1980s, Cosby starred on The Cosby Show, a sitcom that dominated the ratings well into the 1990s.
Nevertheless, since 2000 more than 50 women have made allegations of gross sexual misconduct by Cosby, to summarize, saying that since the 1960s he drugged and raped these various women. Most of these accusations cannot be adjudicated because of the statutes of limitations, but one is actionable. Cosby stood trial for aggravated indecent assault in June 2017, and a mistrial was declared by the judge. Apparently Cosby will be brought to trial again for this charge later in the year.
4. Edward Snowden
A computer professional by trade, Edward Snowden has worked for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and as a contractor for the United States Government. In 2013, Snowden leaked to the public thousands of documents belonging to the National Security Agency. These documents involved global surveillance disclosures for the US and foreign governments such as that of the UK. Snowden was later indicted by the US Department of Justice for violating the Espionage Act of 1917 (heavily amended over the years), causing him to flee the country. And then Snowden engineered many subsequent “leaks” for thousands of documents belonging to the Department of Defense. Snowden claims he peruses every document and only publicizes ones that seem within the public interest. Just exactly how “revealing” these documents are has been the subject of great debate in the US and elsewhere.
5. O.J. Simpson
Almost everybody knows that in 1995 O.J. Simpson was acquitted of murder charges in a case which, at the time, was considered a so-called trial of the century. Charged for the murder of his wife, Nicole Brown-Simpson and her friend, Ronald Goldman, Simpson seemed to have gotten away with murder, although he was found guilty in a subsequent wrongful deaths lawsuit, totaling $33.5 million in damages. Then in 2007 O.J. and three other men were arrested for armed robbery, kidnapping and other felonies. It seems O.J. had hoped to get back some of the sports memorabilia that had been taken from him for civil reparations. The following year, “The Juice” was convicted of the aforementioned charges and given a sentence of 33 years in prison, with a minimum of nine years without parole. And, over the years, Simpson has had numerous other legal entanglements.
6. Martin Shkreli
American entrepreneur and pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli, beginning in the early 2000s, has worked as a hedge fund manager of MSMB Capital Management and as the CEO of several different pharmaceutical companies in the US. When Shkreli was the CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, a company he also founded, he because infamous in 2015 for raising the price of the antiparasitic drug Daraprim, useful in the treatment of malaria. The price of Daraprim went from $13.50 per pill to $750, prompting the media to call him “the most hated man in America.” Also, Shkreli has been involved in other exorbitant price hikes for prescription drugs, one of which is Thiola (an increase of $1.50 to $30 per pill). Also in 2015, the FBI indicted Shkreli for securities fraud, accusing him of using a pyramid scheme during his dealings at MSMB Capital Management.
7. Barry Bonds
It seems safe to write that baseball player Barry Bonds won more awards for his hitting and fielding prowess than any other MLB player in history. Perhaps his most impressive records were for hitting home runs: 73 in a season (2001) and 762 in a career. Certainly Bonds was one of the greatest baseball players of time – or maybe THE GREATEST BASEBALL PLAYER OF ALL TIME. But Barry Bonds played during the so-called steroids era (late 1980s to early 2000s), when many professional baseball players were accused of using anabolic steroids, admitted to using them, or were caught using them and then suspended. Be that as it may, Bonds only admitted to using “the cream” and the “clear,” both of which contain steroids, but never admitted to injecting steroids. When Bonds’ career ended after the 2007 season, he was indicted for perjury and obstruction of justice in the BALCO steroids scandal. He was convicted, though the charges were eventually overturned. Moreover, Bonds had the reputation of being an arrogant braggart, hated by many players, coaches and fans.
8. Jared Fogle
A former spokesperson for Subway restaurants and, at one point, commonly known as “the Subway Guy,” Jared Fogle generated his 15 minutes of fame by losing over 200 pounds while eating little more than Subway sandwiches – that is, minus the mayonnaise and other high caloric condiments. Then somewhat famous, Fogle worked in Subway’s advertising campaigns from 2000 to 2015. But Fogle’s fame turned to infamy when he was investigated for paying for sex with minors and receiving child pornography. Fogle copped a plea and was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison; in addition, he was heavily fined. Incidentally, in 2002, Fogle was the subject of an episode of the TV show South Park, entitled “Jared Has Aides.” Fogle said he was flattered that an entire episode was made about him, constituting high praise!
9. Kanye West
Kanye West is one of the most successful pop artists of the twenty-first century. He’s won numerous Grammy Awards and Rolling Stone magazine included three of his albums on its list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. Moreover, Time magazine included him on its compilation of the 100 most influential people in the world (in 2005 and 2015). But Kanye’s outspoken nature has rubbed many folks the wrong way. During the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Kanye said President W. George Bush “didn’t like black people,” greatly insulting Bush, though Kanye apologized afterward. Then in November 2013, Kanye said that President Obama’s performance was lacking because he didn’t have the Jews’ money and influence. Also, during award shows in the years 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2015, Kanye spoke depreciatively of award winners Britney Spears, Gretchen Wilson, Beck and Taylor Swift. And many other artists have been disparaged by Kanye’s actions, monologues or interviews. Lastly, in the fall of 2016, during performances, Kanye ranted at people and walked out of at least two concerts, eventually cancelling the rest of the tour because of exhaustion and depression.
10. Donald Trump
One of the wealthiest people in the world, Donald Trump won the Presidency of the US in November 2016, beating Hillary Clinton in the Electoral College, although Clinton won the popular vote by more than two million, making Trump the fifth President who was elected without winning the popular vote. Trump was elected even though he was greatly unpopular, even considered a joke candidate by many, a kind of satirical character worthy of parody on such shows as Saturday Night Live. During the campaign Trump was combative, defensive, arrogant, pompous, argumentative, offensive, accusative, abusive, vulgar, sexist, crass and xenophobic. At one time or another, Trump appeared to be a racist, an internet troll, a misogynist and/or a fascist. Moreover, many women claimed to have been accosted or even sexually assaulted by Trump. Yet, somehow, Trump was elected President of the US. It appears accurate to point out that tens of millions of people hate Donald Trump, but an equal amount, more or less, voted for him and may even like him.
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