[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Saturday, 1 April 2006, 14:15 GMT 15:15 UK
Jackson tops 'most foolish' poll
Michael Jackson
Jackson was pictured shopping while dressed in traditional women's attire
A survey has named singer Michael Jackson as the "most foolish person" in the US for the fourth successive year.

Of 1,000 people polled, 69% said Jackson had "done something foolish" in the past 12 months.

US Vice President Dick Cheney, who shot a man while hunting, tied for second place with socialite Paris Hilton.

President George W Bush came next, followed by actor Tom Cruise, in the random phone survey by New York-based public relations consultants.

Wearing women's clothes

So far in 2006, Jackson has been spotted shopping in Bahrain wearing traditional women's attire, and has closed down the house on his Neverland ranch to try to save money.

Last June, he was cleared of 10 child abuse charges at the end of a four-month trial.

"Michael Jackson seems to have a lock on the number one spot for the foreseeable future," said the poll's organiser Jeff Barge.

"If Mr Cheney's actions weren't enough to oust him, it's hard to imagine what could," he added, referring to the accident in February in which an elderly quail hunter was shot in the face and neck by the vice president.

The survey was conducted by Opinion Research Corporation and released to mark the traditional April Fool's Day, which takes place every 1 April.

Jackson shuts down Neverland home
17 Mar 06 |  Entertainment
Inside Jackson's fantasy estate
10 Mar 06 |  Entertainment
In pictures: Jackson exhibition
16 Feb 06 |  In Pictures
Cheney accepts blame for shooting
15 Feb 06 |  Americas
Jackson seen in female disguise
26 Jan 06 |  Entertainment
Cruise and Holmes' whirlwind romance
17 Jun 05 |  Entertainment
Michael Jackson cleared of abuse
14 Jun 05 |  Entertainment


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific