So recently, Time Magazine released “The 100 Most Influential People.” The list is the result of a bunch of people voting in and seeing if someone was worthy of being on the list. The results have been (to me, anyway) a cross between hilarity, frustration, and this thought:
Now, do not get me wrong, there are indeed people who do deserve to be on this list that are on the list. People like Pope Francis, Malala Yousafzai and Barack Obama totally deserve their place on the line. But some just leave me going “What in hell are people thinking?”
This goes beyond things like “Well I don’t agree with the things he/she says/does so they don’t deserve the recognition” These are people who have contributed close to NOTHING of significance, and their presence on the list is a complete and total mystery. Let’s start with a few “favorites.”
First up on our tour of BSland is Kim Kardashian West. It’s important to keep in mind, by the way, that each of these people has a brief bio/article written by someone else who is also famous, and they tend to be more famous than the person in question. In this case, the article is penned by none other than Domestic Legend Martha Stewart. According to her, KimK is influential because she (and the rest of her clan) are “a totally modern construct.” She argues that because they are a blended family with “biracial pairings” (Which is her way of saying she’s married to Kanye) that they deserve to be on the list.
Right. We’re talking about someone who initially got famous because of a sex tape with her and Ray-J, and who has basically done nothing but bask in her late father’s earnings and life savings. She has a product line and other things because…why, exactly? What exactly is she even influential for? Shaking her ass? Well, I guess that works. I guess it also helps she’s married to Kanye West.
And Speaking of Kanye, yup, he’s on there too. And his article is written by no other than ACTUAL INFLUENCER Elon Musk. Basically, the whole blot can be summarized in the first sentence:
Kanye West would be the first person to tell you he belongs on this list. The dude doesn’t believe in false modesty, and he shouldn’t.
There you go. Kanye West is on the list, according to Musk, because Kanye would feel like being on the list. Seriously Elon? I really don’t want to knock Elon because I really respect his work and the thing’s he’s done, and I’m kinda pissed that Kanye made the list and he didn’t. Then again, maybe this is Elon’s way of getting back at Time and Kanye for not making the list, by making Kanye look like an ass. If so, well done, Elon.
Tim Cook is on the list as well. Look, I think Tim’s done a bang-up job running Apple, and he’s definitely helped make the company a much more mature version of what it used to be, but to give Tim this spot over Apple’s founder, Steve Jobs, is a complete insult to the man’s legacy, and to Apple’s as well. I’m not a fan of ol’ iGod, but even I have to admit that Steve Jobs has influenced technology in a way that Tim Cook could never hope to achieve.
And then we come to Taylor Swift (In the ICONS section next to people like Pope Francis and Malala no less). Yes, that Taylor Swift. Her contributor, Mariska Hargitay, feels that Taylor is “tuned in to the greater good, and she embraces—thoughtfully and authentically—the chance to contribute to the world.” Umm, how, exactly? About the only thing Swift is famous for is writng 10+ songs about broken relationships. Hardly the workings of someone truly influential. Trouble. Trouble. Trouble.
These are people that readers picked. WE THE PEOPLE picked them. I think We The People can do better. Where’s Martin Luther King? Where’s the Dalai Lama? Where’s Winston Churchill? Where’s Thomas Edison, or even Nikola Tesla? What about Satoru Iwata, CEO of Nintendo? Oh well, guess nobody cared enough for them.
Now that you’ve read through my rant about how “influential” these people are, here’s a funny. Go take a look at who penned Ruth Bader Ginsburg‘s entry into the top 100 (Yes she deserves to be there, IMO). Just look. Laugh. Then come back. Also, the Koch Brothers’ entry was written by Rand Paul, which is funny too.
I also laughed at the fact that Kim-Jong-Un’s entry was written by a North Korean defector. I mean the guy definitely has few friends but still…that’s kinda funny. I also think it would have been funny if Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren had written each other’s Top 100 blurbs. (Clinton wrote Warren’s but not the other way around.)