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As the 2014 retrospectives start rolling in, GQ has published its annual “Least Influential People” list, including a number of figures who were thorns in Hollywood’s side.
The 30-entry list isn’t ranked, the magazine says, but the online version was placed in numerical order, with Bono and U2 and President Obama taking the first two spots.
With the Bono-led U2, GQ, like many iTunes users, complained about the band foisting its new album upon them.
“The Tom Friedman of rock and the rest of his band collaborated with Apple to strong-arm their new album into your iTunes library without your consent,” GQ‘s Drew Magary writes. “You couldn’t even delete it! Apple had to send out specific instructions for how to wipe Songs of Innocence (God, that title) off your computer.”
Regarding Obama, GQ complained about him golfing instead of dealing with various issues.
“Why are you still on Martha’s Vineyard?! Missouri is BURNING. Putin is conquering Europe. The CDC is playing nude Twister with Ebola patients,” Magary writes. “I need you ON THIS. Are you even president anymore?”
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Former Clippers owner Donald Sterling also placed high on GQ‘s list of the lowly, with Magary writing: “The racist/slumlord/pervert/nudist ex-NBA owner displayed a remarkable lack of power in 2014. He failed to keep his girlfriend from recording him saying a bunch of horrible shit about black people. He failed to keep the NBA from taking over his Los Angeles Clippers. He failed to keep his wife from selling the Clippers to that bald guy from Microsoft. He failed at every attempt to sue his way back into ownership. He failed to win even a shred of our sympathy in a hilariously misguided interview with Anderson Cooper. And the best part is that it all caught him completely off guard. ‘You mean I’m not allowed to be a rich bastard who gets away with everything anymore? That’s not fair!’ “
“I know it’s weird to put him on this list, given that he wrote King Lear, directed The Godfather and was briefly the U.S. poet laureate,” Magary writes. “But I’m telling you, there’s something off about this LaBeouf fella — like he isn’t everything he claims to be….”
GQ still isn’t over the How I Met Your Mother finale, saving a spot for co-creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas and complaining about the show’s much-maligned twist ending.
CNN, which technically isn’t a person, earned a spot on the dishonor roll for its seemingly endless search for the missing Malaysian Airlines plane.
Other notable names making the cut include Zach Braff, Sarah Palin, Woody Allen, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, Johnny Depp, Robin Thicke and Suey Park, the “Twitter activist” who launched the #CancelColbert movement.
“Two weeks later, Colbert was chosen to replace Dave Letterman. I want to be the target of Twitter activism,” Magary writes. “Maybe I’ll wind up in bed with Pippa Middleton.”
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