There are things in entertainment that can seemingly do no wrong as far as the "media" is concerned. There is a certain group of actors, actresses, movies, etc. who for some reason or another are the chosen ones. Many times it is because these people/things don't think too highly of themselves and aren't that famous/successful. They are beloved as long as they don't get too popular. It's like the band Green Day. Their fans loved Green Day...until everyone else started loving them. For some reason, we don't like things to get too big for their britches.
But some of these "hidden gems", actually suck. Yes, they're not hugely famous, and that's because they shouldn't be. They are not under rated, they are quite properly rated, thank you.
So this is one type of "thing" I'm talking about.
The other type of thing is the thing where no one has actually watched the thing in question, but they've heard good things. And thus they pretend like that thing is awesome, even though I am very convinced they've never watched it.
An example of this is Craig Ferguson. If you read Entertainment Weekly, you'd think this guy was a genius. But if you've ever watched his show, you'd know that he is an abortion with an accent. Just terrible. I defy anyone to sit through 5 minutes of his show. And yet, I read and hear people saying they enjoy Craig Ferguson's show and "what he does". They are liars. They have never watched Craig Ferguson, but they have heard that others do (who are also liars) and want to sound cool.
The chosen ones fall into these two categories in my opinion - perceived to be underrated, or never actually seen. So without further ado, here is a partial list (off the top of my head at 1am, I'll get angry for the weeks to come as I think of more) of people and things that the media loves even though they suck.
Zooey Deschanel (is almost the sole reason for the existence of this list)
The movie "Adventureland"
The aforementioned Craig Ferguson
Chris Simms (NFL QB)
While we're at it, Brett Favre
The Big Bang Theory
Movies with subtitles
joseph Gordon Levitt (doesn't suck, but let's all settle down)
The Electoral College
Christian Bale's portrayal of Batman, particularly the voice he uses
Everyone with the last name "Gyllenhaal"
The movie "Notorious"
Babies from Africa/China
Bill Murray in dramas
Kevin Smith/Robert Rodriguez
The Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas
Oscar De La Hoya for the last 10 years
That's all I got for now, I have to go to sleep...