Trainwreck 100: Jack Thompson

Trainwreck 100

Oh, celebrities: they suck, yet we can’t stop thinking about them. But who is truly the world’s most worthless celebrity? Here at Heavy, we use science to answer these questions. Using a complex series of algorithms that monitor blog mentions, videos, and other Internet and media traffic, we have distilled the world’s celebrities into an orderly list of 100 attention-seeking douchebags. Every day, we’ll debut another entry on the list, counting down to the ultimate celebrity trainwreck.

There seems to be a disproportionate number of lawyers on this list – and it’s not due to any disrespect on our part for the legal profession. No, it seems like the pejorative title of “ambulance chaser” attracts more than its fair share of trainwrecks. Take today’s case – he’s been leading a one-man crusade against video games for the last ten years, filing epic lawsuits against some of the biggest names in the industry charging them with the moral corruption of sensitive American youth. The end result of all this paperwork? He’s been disbarred and banned from practicing law in his home state, and video games still rule. Who’s the trainwreck? Find out after the jump.

Trainwreck 100 Jack Thompson

Murder simulator fans (and you know who you are) will of course recognize Jack Thompson. The self-styled moral crusader made his first assault on evil in the early 1990s with the Parent’s Music Resource Council, that group of censoring busybodies led by Tipper Gore that made 2 Live Crew feel bad about rapping about pussy. But it wasn’t long before the bogeyman of filthy rap was replaced by something more pernicious – violent video games like Grand Theft Auto. For some as yet undisclosed reason, Thompson appointed himself America’s judge of moral appropriateness, citing dubious scientific studies in his multiple frivolous lawsuits. Now stripped of his license, Thompson is a loose cannon, and who knows what he’ll do next.


Check out the Trainwreck 100 archive here.

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