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Donald Trump Newest Inductee to Dubious Hall of Fame

New York, NY (January 11, 2018) – For the first time in the history of Esquire’s Dubious Achievement Awards, its annual celebration of all that is vainglorious, unintelligent, and just plain ridiculous, the magazine named more than one individual as “Dubious Man of the Year.” Breaking with a tradition that has celebrated such disgraced titans as Richard Nixon and O.J. Simpson, Esquire bestowed its mantle this year on “The All-American Pervert”—as exemplified by Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K. and other dishonorable mentions.

“We found it impossible to determine whose low behavior deserved our highest honor,” said Jay Fielden, editor-in-chief of Esquire. “And given what we’ve heard about them, they’d each just grab it anyway.”

Even Esquire’s longtime mascot, the pop-eyed roué Esky, who has been lasciviously ogling women in its pages since 1934, was not spared—with several covers depicting his decades of inappropriate behavior.

Last year’s “Dubious Man of the Year,” Donald Trump, was ineligible to be a repeat winner but became the latest inductee into the Dubious Achievement Awards Hall of Fame, joining such worthy luminaries as Michael Jackson, Jerry Lewis, and an Aberdeen Angus Bull named Lindertis Evulse.

In its tribute, the magazine noted that the 45th President made his first appearance in the Dubious Achievement Awards in 1988 for “what else—a childish spat with a politician. Trump called then–New York mayor Ed Koch a ‘moron’ who ‘can’t hack it anymore,’ and Koch replied that Trump was ‘greedy, greedy, greedy’ and ‘piggy, piggy, piggy.’ (Let history record that they were both right.)”

In addition to those honorees, Dubious Achievements were awarded to a host of other magnificently undertalented figures including White House Communications Director For Eleven Days Anthony “Mooch” Scaramucci, Kim Jong Un, Kendall Jenner, Lavar Ball, and Genie, a calf born resembling Kiss frontman Gene Simmons in full makeup.

The Dubious Achievement Awards first appeared in Esquire in January 1962 as “a salute to those many to whom the rest of us owe so little.” They ran in the magazine until 2008, when they were accidentally left behind in the coat room at Elaine’s restaurant for eight years before resurfacing again.

The Dubious Achievement Awards are on here, and in the Winter issue, which hits newsstands on January 9.

About Esquire
Esquire creates engaging conversations that drive the culture, with a unique mix of intellectual showmanship, hilarity, impeccable style, visual punch and extraordinary writing. Esquire is the most-honored monthly magazine in America, with 26 National Magazine Awards, including one for its iPad app, and 88 nominations. In addition to its U.S. flagship, Esquire publishes 27 editions around the world. Follow Esquire on Instagram and Twitter at @Esquire. With 20 titles in the U.S., Hearst is the largest publisher of monthly magazines with a total paid circulation of nearly 30 million (AAM 1H 2017). Hearst Magazines’ print and digital assets reach nearly 123 million readers and the Hearst Men’s Group collectively reaches more than 25 million male readers and site visitors each month (source: 2017 comScore Multi-Platform //GfK MRI Media + Fusion (06-17/F16)).

Nathan Christopher, Hearst Magazines

Allie Haake, Hearst Magazines


Thursday, January 11, 2018