Thats how it appears to self-proclaimed bastard- ologist Bill Fielding, who has researched the lives of more than 8000 bastards for an upcoming book, Those Bastards! (Bill Fielding Publishing).
Most bastards are either lucky, stupid, evil or sick and, interestingly, a large number making the list are illegitimate, which makes them true bastards in every sense of the word.
But figuring out whos a bastard of historical proportions isnt as simple as it sounds. Fielding says there are a lot of gray areas.
As he puts it, Adolph Hitler may have been an evil bastard, but he was a vegetarian because he didnt believe in killing animals.
Other bastards whove made an impact include sick bastards like Charlie Manson; greedy bastards like Donald Trump; and obnoxious bastards like Bill OReilly.
Finally, Fielding puts Pope Benedict XVI in the reformed bastard category because he was a member of the Hitler Youth when he was in his teens.
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