In her annual special of all the people who are definitely the most interesting people in the whole entire world, Barbara Walters has announced Amal Clooney (née Alumuddin) as ‘the most fascinating person of 2014’.Amal Clooney
And it makes sense , doesn’t it? Amal is a renowned and respected barrister who specialises in international law and human rights. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Oxford and a Master’s Degree from New York University. She speaks three languages, has worked for the UN, and has represented prime ministers and advised world leaders.
That is one damn fascinating woman.
Oh. Wait. Except according to Barbara Walters, Amal’s astonishing achievements in her life and career are not what make her fascinating. Apparently what makes Amal the most fascinating person of 2104, is the fact she managed to fascinate George Clooney.SHE GOT HIM.
In a 4:38 minute TV spot dedicated to describing why Amal took out the ‘most fascinating’ title, her career isn’t mentioned until well after the halfway mark. And even then, it’s only emphasised that she manages to be passionate about human rights ‘while looking gorgeous’.
The whole segment is an embarrassing clusterfuck of 1950s bullshit. It reduces a an incredible woman’s worth down to the fact that she managed to lock down a bachelor, and it turns marriage into the most important achievement in a woman’s life.
Amal (not surprisingly) was not interviewed for the segment designed to congratulate her for landing a man, but there are plenty of highlights from Walters anyway:
“This is Amal Alamuddin. George Clooney’s beautiful bride. You could say her’s was the wedding of the year. But let’s put it into perspective – it was really one of the greatest achievements in human history. Everyone said that no one would ever get George Clooney to the alter. In fact, George Clooney, who had been married briefly in his twenties, said it himself.”
So no beating around the bush then. This is about Amal landing a man. Oh, and just to drive her incredible achievement home:
“Like climbers attempting Mount Everest, a bevy of beautiful women threw themselves at the unattainable, and failed.”
Barbara then lists all of the women who have tried to climb the mountain that is George. (Also, just quietly, you know what would be more fascinating than climbing a metaphorical Mount Everest? CLIMBING THE ACTUAL MOUNT EVEREST. OR LITERALLY ANY OTHER MOUNTAIN.)