‘The Leftovers’: Why were these eight celebrities raptured?


Jennifer Lopez? Just gone. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

The premiere of HBO’s “The Leftovers” is very grim. No surprise there, considering the show takes place three years after a rapture-like event, in which two percent (140 million people) of the world’s population simply disappeared without any warning or reason and everyone else is left to just deal.

However, there is one unexpectedly comical moment in the episode: We learn the names of eight celebrities who were taken away. It is the most random list imaginable.

So, we put together a list of reasons why the famous people who are gone in “Leftovers” world may have been worthy — and not worthy — of the rapture, thanks to some of the things they did during their time on Earth. (Don’t worry, everyone’s confused by the inclusion Gary Busey.)

Jennifer Lopez
Worthy of rapture: That Grammys Dress.
Not worthy of rapture: Bennifer started the era of awful couple nicknames. Oh, and “Gigli.”

Shaquille O’Neal
Worthy of rapture: He’s a back-to-back-to-back NBA finals MVP.
Not worthy of rapture: One word: “Kazaam.

Anthony Bourdain
Worthy of rapture: Helped give rise to foodie culture.
Not worthy of rapture: Helped give rise to foodie culture.

Bonnie Raitt
Worthy of rapture: Every new album = guaranteed great Mother’s Day gift.
Not worthy of rapture: She’s been riding “Something to Talk About” for almost 25 years now.

Condoleezza Rice
Worthy of rapture: First female African-American Secretary of State, first female National Security Advisor and much more. Also Jack Donaghy’s most significant ex.
Not worthy of rapture: Iraq?

Pope Benedict XVI
Worthy of rapture: Maybe he truly was the voice of God?
Not worthy of rapture: Those red Prada shoes were kind of tacky.

Salman Rushdie
Worthy of rapture: “Midnight’s Children” is worth every accolade it ever received.
Not worthy of rapture: He constantly acts as if he knows the above is true.

Gary Busey
Worthy of rapture: Hey, those “Lethal Weapon” glory days count for something.
Not worthy of rapture: He appeared on “Celebrity Apprentice.” Twice.

Emily Yahr is an entertainment reporter and pop culture blogger for the Style section. She joined the Post in May 2008, a week before she graduated from the University of Maryland, and worked on Lisa de Moraes' TV Column and blog.
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