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One of the Most Influential People in the World is .... ?

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 30, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 30, 2010 |

Time Magazine released its list of the Most Influential People in America, and I guess that the most surprising name on there is not Glen Beck or Sarah Palin — who are unfortunately very influential. It’s not even Ashton Kutcher, whose influence is elusive to me, although not to Sean P.Diddy Combs, who wrote up his profile:

What he and Demi do with Twitter is a good example. Most people use it to promote themselves, but he uses Twitter to connect, to strike up conversations, to send positive messages to the millions of people who read his words. This guy will show us the future. And it’s gonna be a blast.

Lady GaGa and Robert Pattinson: I see their influence, although I wish I didn’t. Taylor Swift likewise. Neil Patrick Harris and Neill Blomkamp are surprising, but in a good way. As are Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof. I have no idea, however, what Prince is doing on the list in 2010.

No. Really, the most surprising person on the list is Lea Michele. You mean: Rachel Berry? What kind of influence does she have? She’s a role player in a Fox show, and probably not even the most popular one. Her inclusion, however, was amusing for one reason: Olivia Newton-John’s self-serving write-up:

It must be so exciting to be Lea. To be in a wonderfully entertaining musical, playing a character whom millions of people around the world adore and whom young girls emulate — tell me about it!

Here is the full list of Time’s Most Influential Entertainers, aka, the people most likely to help sell copies at the news stand:

Lady Gaga
Conan O’Brien
Kathryn Bigelow
Oprah Winfrey
Valery Gergiev
Robert Pattinson
Ashton Kutcher
Suzanne Collins
Taylor Swift
Neil Patrick Harris
Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof
Lea Michele
Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik
Simon Cowell
Neill Blomkamp
Elton John
Marc Jacobs
David Chang
Chetan Bhagat
Sandra Bullock
Ricky Gervais
Han Han
James Cameron

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