Last weekend, Golden Globes organizers canceled the popular awards ceremony, bowing to threats from the Writers Guild to picket the red carpet. Now, it looks as if the Grammys will befall the same fate. But don’t fret. If you’re craving an awards show, the Center for Consumer Freedom is here to help.
At year’s end, we announced the finalists for our 2007 “Nanny Awards,” which recognize the antics of animal-rights zealots, celebrity busybodies, environmental scaremongers, self-appointed “public interest” advocates, and nutrition activists — all of whom claim to know “what’s best for you.” Ten were nominated. Thousands of votes were cast. And when the dust cleared, only one nominee could be called the best (of the worst).
PETA employees Adria Hinkle and Andrew Cook won the title, paws-down. Hinkle and Cook admitted in court to picking up perfectly healthy dogs and cats from North Carolina animal shelters, killing said animals in the back of a PETA-owned van, and tossing the bodies into a trash dumpster. (PETA President Ingrid Newkirk, took a few moments off from force-feeding us strict vegetarianism to criticize the deadly duo, but only for using the dumpster.)
Dan Kinburn, a lawyer for the deceptive animal-rights Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) received an honorable mention. Kinburn spent last year encouraging trial lawyers to use California’s Proposition 65 (a notorious “bounty hunter” law) to sue “virtually every restaurant in the state of California that is not serving an all-vegetarian diet.”
Self-appointed obesity activist Meme Roth came in third for cramming a whole lot of crazy into 2007. She called out the Keebler Elves, the Girl Scouts, and even Santa Claus as obesity culprits. Roth had to be physically restrained from vandalizing a YMCA snack table. And when asked on The Daily Show if “eating a cupcake is the same as putting a gun in your mouth,” she agreed, straight-faced.