Casey Anthony, Marilyn Manson top list of creepy celebs
By Piya Sinha-Roy
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Casey Anthony, the Florida mom acquitted in July of killing her child, has been voted the No. 2 creepiest celebrity, closely following shock rocker Marilyn Manson, according to a poll released on Thursday.
Anthony, 25, was voted 57 percent 'creepy' to Manson's 69 percent in a survey conducted by E-Poll Market Research ahead of the U.S. Halloween holiday on October 31.
America's fascination with crime is evident on the list, as Anthony is closely followed by former football player O.J. Simpson who was famously acquitted of murdering his ex-wife in 1995. He earned third place with a 56 percent creepy rating.
"Anybody people think has committed a crime, whether they are guilty or not, are going to be disliked, and Casey Anthony and O.J. Simpson are disliked," said Gerry Philpot, president and chief executive of E-Poll Market Research, which tracks people's popularity in the media.
Rounding out the top five creepiest celebrities are returning entries from last year, "The Hills" reality star Spencer Pratt and 'Octomom' Nadya Suleman, who made headlines in 2009 when she gave birth to octuplets.
Pratt and Suleman also earned the lowest E-Poll "E-Scores," which represents their overall marketing effectiveness and takes into account their negative portrayals in the media. The lower the E-Score, the more disliked the celebrity is.
While Anthony, Simpson, Pratt and Suleman are ranked on negativity, some of the top scorers find it good to be creepy.
Singer Manson, for one, has made a career of seeming rather odd to some with his gothic-inspired black clothing and heavy makeup. Yet, that is exactly what his fans like. Continued...