Time 100: Is Blake Lively Really One of the Most Influential People?
Time 100: Is Blake Lively Really One of the Most Influential People?
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
Today Time Magazine released its annual list of the 100 most influential people of the world. The list includes a lot of the people you'd expect (President Obama, Oprah, Bieber, Zuckerberg), but there are also some strange pop culture inclusions.

Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner made the list (proving that not making a show can be just as influential as making one). Also, while Tina Fey may have been powerful in the past, she was left off in favor of Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler, proving there's a new funny lady ruling Thursday nights. And Glee star Chris Colfer got on the list too, though, realistically, it's Ryan Murphy's storylines for his character, Kurt Hummel, that should be here.

But while arguments could be made for those three, there's one person on the list that makes no sense to me: Blake Lively.

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That's right, the star of Gossip Girl (one of the lowest-rated shows on the CW and, therefore, all of television) is somehow one of the most influential people in the world. I know she's going to be in the new Green Lantern film, but that alone can't be the reason for her inclusion on this list.

When Gossip Girl started, the show was hot and Lively was definitely a cultural icon, even getting to host Saturday Night Live (thus far, she's the only CW star to do that). However, Gossip Girl is in its fourth season and any influence the show had is long since gone.

Even more ridiculous is the fact that Lively made the list while other, far more influential people, did not. Here's a quick list of five pop culture icons who didn't make the list, but who should've, especially over Lively.

Charlie Sheen: Who else could have a spectacular self-implosion and actually get more fans following him? He got over a million Twitter followers in his first day on the site, which is all you need to say to prove how influential he is.

Donald Trump: The man is not only running for president (allegedly), but he's leading in some polls.

Rebecca Black: Over 100 million YouTube hits can't be wrong (well, they can, but like it or not, she helped influence what music is and how it is delivered).

Lady Gaga: If being carried into the Grammys in an egg won't make you influential, I don't know what will.

Andy Cohen: The Bravo producer and celebrity has his own show and has single-handedly led the charge to make the Real Housewives franchise as big as it is.

Who else is more influential than Blake Lively, or does she deserve to be on the list?

(Image courtesy of the CW)

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