The People’s Choice Awards offer democracy one last chance to redeem itself

Tim Kinnealy / January 7, 2009

Unlike those other snooty awards ceremonies like the Oscars and the Hobo Olympics, the People’s Choice Awards don’t rely on an elite group of judges to determine the winners. No, for the past 35 years, the PCAs have put the decision directly in the hands of the people. Which could be a mistake, because people have been known to do some pretty stupid things at times. In the case of People’s Choice nominee Anne Hathaway, it was dating a felonious dirtbag who eventually embarrassed her in the international media. Too bad there’s no category for “Most Unfortunate Girlfriend of the Year” because I’d totally vote for her. If only my voting rights hadn’t been suspended due to my criminal record. You organize one cockfight in an elementary-school playground, and people act like you’re the next Saddam Hussein or something. Someday we’ll get enough people on the Supreme Court to reverse that law…

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