2011 will go down in the history of cads as the year of the Trolling Politician: Two married congressmen from New York (Reps. Chris Lee and Anthony Weiner) were dumb enough to disseminate pics of their bare, sculpted chests in an attempt to get attention and affection from near-strangers online. You would think that after 2010 cad list favorite Brett Favre sent that dong shot, public figures would know better than to leave such an obvious digital trail. But where would our yearly cads list be without extreme narcissism and myopia?
We compiled our third annual Worst Cad of the Year list the way we put together our 2009 and 2010 versions: Our DoubleX correspondents sent in comments on each person in the lineup, and those comments are included in quotation marks, Zagat-style. This year’s list has a few firsts for us, including our first lady cad in the form of komely Kim Kardashian. The televised debacle of her 72-day marriage and the accompanying cash grab turned our collective stomachs.
Charlie Sheen has the distinction of making the list two years running—another first. He wins extra cad points for spewing his Sheenglish in both old and new media. This list is also more worldly than previous lists, with disgraced European politicians Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Silvio Berlusconi both earning their fair share of ire. Also hailing from the continent is “The Austrian Oak” Arnold Schwarzenegger. The American public discovered this year that Arnold impregnated both his wife and his mistress at almost the same time in 1997. Oh, by the way, his mistress worked as a housekeeper in the Schwarzenegger household for years after she had his love child.
Our cads list is fairly comprehensive, but it’s not complete. Please do add any cads we’ve left out in the comments below. Perhaps this year’s list will be instructive, and next year’s cheating celebrities will be smart enough to keep their philandering offline. We’re sure that will happen. Right after that 2012 apocalypse.