It’s tough being a wrestling fan and a nerd.  The two camps are often antagonistic and expect massively different things of their in-ring heroes.  Recently, a 60-ish Hulk Hogan returned to action in the WWE (thankfully, not as an active wrassler) and as much as I wanted to dislike his attention vortex ways, there was a comforting sense of nostalgia in having the bald eagle back in his old stomping grounds.  Even hearing stories of what a self-serving jerk he has been in the past, recognizing that he couldn’t (or wouldn’t) really wrestle even back in the day, part of me cheered the Hulkster nonetheless. More shockingly, I recently had a similar problem with clips of that Kardashian show on ‘The Soup’.  Amid all the preening and melodrama, Khloe K. seemed like she might have the slightest concept of responsibility and dignity, and perhaps even realizes that the celebutard gravy-train won’t go on forever.  Comparatively to some of her siblings, it almost makes one root for her, which leads to today’s rather pressing query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) can’t ever bring myself to dislike Katy Perry, even though most of what she says and does should make me dislike her, asking: What character/celebrity is just too charismatic for you to really hate?

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  1. HipHopHead
    May 15, 2014 at 12:39 pm — Reply

    Mattew how do you think of this off the wall questions?
    Great question of the day, week or month!!!

    Any character? Real or imaginary?

    Dusty Rhodes comes to mind, only because of Hulk Hogan reference. But the American Dream was overweight, not very attractive and talked like he had mouth full of marbles. However he had the charisma (aka mic skills) to make you watch and listen.

    WWE Network is worth the $10 a month (so is Major Spoilers).

    • May 15, 2014 at 2:03 pm — Reply

      Well, what I do is, I have a job where I channel a small portion of my brain-power, and thus ruminate endlessly about junk.

      Also, Dusty Rhodes is incredible…

  2. starks scraps
    May 15, 2014 at 2:55 pm — Reply

    I would say Hogan I think. There is no reason for me to like this guy but I just can’t dislike him. Maybe it’s because he was a role model of all that was good and right when I was a child.

  3. Arbor Day
    May 15, 2014 at 3:41 pm — Reply

    James Franco and Matthew Mcconaughey.

  4. gary
    May 15, 2014 at 4:05 pm — Reply

    I don’t really have that problem :-)

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