1. Americans are overwhelmingly the world’s most influential people. I count 63 of the 100 as American. This certainly reflects America’s dominant position in the world, and the fact Time is an American publication
2. No Canadians made the list of most influential people in the world, not even Justin Beiber, with his 38 MILLION Twitter followers. Sadly, he is the only Canadian who comes to mind.
3. The average age of the 100 is 47. I’m 57. My chances of making the list anytime soon appear slim.
4. Of the 100, I’ve never heard of 69 of them, which probably reflects more on me than on Time.
5. Time attributes an inordinate amount of influence to artists and entertainers; there are 20, including both Jimmy Kimmel AND Jimmy Fallon. Seriously, two second-tier late night hosts are regarded as the most influential people IN THE WORLD. They’re not even the most influential people on late night TV. Also on the list is Shonda Rhimes, creator of the TV show Scandal. Her entry is written by Oprah Winfrey, who writes: “She gets us — all of us!” Sorry, I don’t get it. Then there’s actress Jennifer Lawrence, who, Jodi Foster writes, has a stare that “cuts a searing swath in your gut”. And I just thought she was kinda cute. Mindy Kaling of the middling comedy The Mindy Project is on the list, as is an R&B singer named Miguel.
6. In the listing of Titans (how someone qualifies as a Titan is not mentioned) comes someone named Scooter Braun. Yes, Scooter. Apparently, he “discovered” Justin Beiber, Carly Rae Jepson and Psy. May I suggest that Scooter Braun be removed from the Titan list and moved to the Cultural Criminal list?
7. Best names on the list: Palaniappan Chidambaram, Yair Lapid, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, and someone called Barack Obama! I think they made that one up.
8. The creators of Minecraft are on the list. Not only have I never heard of them, I’ve never heard of Minecraft.
9. Fattest guy on the list is Chris Christie, morbidly obese governor of New Jersey.
10. Wayne LaPierre, head of the world’s most evil organization, the National Rifle Association, is lauded by rocker/gun nut Ted Nugent who compares LaPierre to the founders of the American republic. Nugent writes: “Wayne stands firm against the insidious tsunami of dangerous anticonstitutional furor that would further infringe on our sacred Second Amendment.” I guess I shouldn’t have expected anything subtle from Nugent.
11. Least worthy inclusion: Lindsey Vonn, American alpine skier. She is listed as an Icon. Really? To whom?
12. The best part of the issue was a column by Joel Stein, who looked back at the previous editions of the 100 Most Influential, and found such gems as Pippa Middleton, Ugly Betty actress American Ferrera, “comic” Dane Cook, and rarely used quarterback Tim Tebow. Good calls, Time!