Who Is Google’s Most Searched Celebrity of the Year?
This morning, Google released its annual Year in Search list and,
predictably, the top trending people of 2015 were also subjects of the
year’s biggest controversies. Rachel Dolezal went from being an unknown
woman in Spokane, Washington, to the focus of several national debates
on cultural appropriation. Newsman Brian Williams became the story after
several accounts of his questionable reporting history were revealed.
Charlie Sheen, who had kept a low profile these last few years, had his
personal life subjected to intense scrutiny after he revealed his HIV-positive status on the Today show. Donald Trump’s increasingly disturbing presidential campaign also secured him a spot on the list.
Of course, the Kardashians, America’s most famous family, continued
their dominance over our national headlines—so much so that earlier this
year, a British man even created an app that blocks all mentions of them from your news feed. This year, however, it wasn’t Kim who broke the Internet: The introduction of Caitlyn Jenner
in June became the focus of our intense fascination, while Lamar Odom
sadly took the top spot because of his continued battle with addiction.