Can we really claim Michelle Obama is the seventh least influential person in the world? Does that mean she’s more or less influential than pop earworms like Gotye or the constant influence of Madonna on the world stage? If Mitt Romney is first is that because he lost the 2012 election or because he’s barely recognized while at a CVS?
These are the sorts of questions that plague us as we go through all 25 choices on GQ’s list of The Least Influential People of 2012. The list’s a mix of pop culture mainstays, but the additions of the political choices seem to sting a bit much. Especially when going after the First Lady:
“It was a game effort by the first lady to get Americans to eat healthier. She founded the “Let’s Move!” campaign to get our children to contemplate forward locomotion. She even wrote a book about growing her own vegetables, which many people bought as a passive-aggressive way of telling someone they’re fat. And yet we’re still all hopeless corpulent shits.”
Whereas others start out with the claws firmly in the air (“Was anyone inspired by Mitt Romney?”) there are brief moments where it feels like a reminder about gaffes of 2012 past. Of course, we’re talking about when a Daily Caller reporter kept interrupting President Obama back in June. But the reporter in question–who we vaguely remember without the help of Google–doesn’t get the title of Least Influential. Instead it goes to Daily Caller EIC Tucker Carlson taking in the final spot on the list. Does that make him the Most Least Influential or the Least Most Least Influential?
Guess you may as well read the full list and then tell us who else from Washington that GQ is missing.