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Obama, Cornel West Among GQ’s “25 Least Influential”

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President Barack Obama, Dr. Cornel West and Dennis Rodman are among the 25 least influential people of 2013, according to GQ magazine.

In its November edition, the magazine released its third annual listing of “people who’ve overstayed their turns in the spotlight and used their fame for not a good goddamn thing,” contributor Drew Magary wrote in the article’s introduction.

The commander-in-chief of the United States came in at No. 17 on the list. Instead of being the change-agent that he promised to be back in 2008, Obama has been reduced to being a “very eloquent hat stand,” Magary posited.

“He can blame Republicans in Congress all he likes and get away with it because congressional Republicans are the worst. But the fact remains that I have spent the majority of this man’s presidency watching bad things happen, then hearing a thoughtful speech about how we [have got to] make sure the bad things never happen again, and then watching as nothing gets done,” Magary wrote.

Similarly, he said former Princeton and Harvard professor Cornel West, who came in at No. 24 on the list, has lived down to his hype. The once-revered public intellectual was a “charismatic and brilliant” force among the cadre of media talking heads.

“There was nothing to indicate that by 2013 he would become a complete and utter nut job,” Magary said. “He openly derided the White House as ‘the Barack Obama plantation,’ bitched that ‘Black folk are...being pushed to the back of the bus’ by gay rights, and basically spent the entire year throwing out a laundry list of deliberately outrageous quotes designed to generate a worthless news cycle.”

“All he needs now is a trip to North Korea to bury any last trace of his integrity,” Magary concluded.

The latter statement was a reference to NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman, who came at No. 1 on the 2013 list. Rodman struck up a friendship with North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un during a visit with the Harlem Globetrotters earlier this year. In a later interview with Sports Illustrated, the former Chicago Bulls star claimed he deserved a Nobel Peace Prize for his attempts to make peace between America and the communist country, which has often threatened to deploy nuclear weapons on the U.S.

“My mission is to break the ice between hostile countries,” Rodman told SI. “Why it’s been left to me to smooth things over, I don’t know. Dennis Rodman, of all people. Keeping us safe is really not my job; it’s the Black guy’s [President Obama’s] job.”

“But I’ll tell you this,” he added. “If I don’t finish in the top three for the next Nobel Peace Prize, something’s seriously wrong.”

But, not only is Rodman delusional, but his attention-grabbing gambit is a stab in the eye to the people who suffer under the dictatorial regime, GQ suggested.

“He was the first prominent American celebrity invited inside the nation-sized prison that is North Korea, and he did literally the least interesting thing possible with it. ‘Sure, Kim Jong-un is a brutal dictator who starves and kills his own people. But he was pretty chill when we hung out!’” Magary mocked. “Dennis Rodman is a Q-list celebrity willing to commit borderline treason just to hang out with a dictator who himself aspires to be a Q-list celebrity. It’s all hilarious, until you remember there are millions of people who can’t leave this Kingdom of the Absurd without taking a bullet to the head.”

Other celebrities who were featured in the slideshow of shame included actor Will Smith and his family, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, CNN host John King and San Francisco 49er Chris Culliver, who made anti-gay statements at the Super Bowl in February.



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