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Miley Cyrus is one of the 100 most influential people in the world

by Bob Sassone, posted May 5th 2008 2:03PM

Miley CyrusTime's annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World is out, and for the third year in the row I just missed making the list (last year I was 103, this year I'm at 102, so I'm getting better!). The list is broken down into five different categories: Leaders & Revolutionaries, Heroes & Pioneers, Scientists & Thinkers, Artists & Entertainers, and Builders & Titans. This year, Miley Cyrus, Hannah Montana herself, is #59. And the weird thing is, it's under the Scientists & Thinkers category.

OK, that's not true (she's under Artists & Entertainers), but it got me thinking that there must really be a shortage of influential people in the world today.

And this isn't one of those rants where a 40-something guy goes off and talks about how silly Hannah Montana is or how it's overhyped. She's "influential" in her way, at least with how tween girls act and dress and what they buy. And the Jonas Brothers need somebody to date. I'm just wondering if Time didn't name her because of the buzz factor surrounding her this past year or if they really do think she's more influential than George Clooney (#71), Steve Jobs (#82), and Jeff Bezos (#85).

Other TV-related people on the list include Oprah Winfrey (#22, behind Brad and Angelina!), SNL head honcho Lorne Michaels (#58), Oprah doc Mehmet Oz (#44), and Tim Russert (#72). As a bonus, each essay about the people picked is written by another famous person.

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GRACE DRUMMOND

MILEY CYRUS CERTAINLY DESERVES TO BE ONE OF TIME MAGAZINE'S 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE IN THE WORLD! BRAVO TO TIME MAGAZINE'S EXECS FOR RECOGNIZING THIS AND "MAKING IT OFFICIAL"! DESPITE THE RECENT "YELLOW JOURNALISM" ATTACK ON MILEY, HER TRUE, CLEAN, HONEST, GOOD-HEARTED SELF GLOWS THROUGH. SHE IS SO MUCH AT THE "TOP" OF GREAT, THAT THE ATTACK WAS ONLY BEING "USED" BY THE MEDIA WHO HAVE AN AGENDA TO ATTEMPT TO BRING HER DOWN TO THE TRASHY REPUTATIONS OF LINDSAY, AND JAMIE LYNN SPEARS' PREGNANCY, ETC. HURRAY FOR TIME MAGAZINE'S HONORING MILEY JUST AS SHE IS > HER SELF! A RESPONSIBLE, SENSIBLE PERSON, RAISED "PROPERLY" BY BILLY RAY AND TISH CYRUS, AND FOLLOWING THOSE BALANCED VALUES, WHILE STILL BEING A STAND-OUT OF AN EXCEPTIONALLY BEAUTIFUL PERSON, SINGER AND ACTRESS ~ A WONDERFUL ROLE-MODEL FOR CHILDREN, TEENS, AND ALL AGES. WITH HEARTFELT APPLAUSE, TO TIME, AND TO MILEY, BILLY RAY AND TISH, from GRACE DRUMMOND, and my TWO SONS (AGES 13 & 15), Portland, Maine

May 06 2008 at 5:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Nathaniel

Not surprised at all. She controls the children of the world.

You know, come to think of it, I've never heard a single one of her songs. I have no right to have an opinion of her music. Her show, though, is actually kinda funny in a goofy when your 13-year-old cousin comes to visit.

May 05 2008 at 4:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gordon Werner

and we wonder why there are so many problems in the world today.

ugh.

May 05 2008 at 3:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
GL

Of course she's more influential than Clooney, Jobs, Jamie Dimon (88) and Prince Alwaleed bin Talal (89).

Lorne Michaels better watch it, she's on the rise.

May 05 2008 at 3:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Scott

Despite some rather bizarre choices like this one, the TIME 100 is always interesting because of the peers that they get to write the essays. They're always much more interesting and specific than the general text that would've been written by the magazine (since Joel Stein is pretty much the only one on their staff with a distinctive writing style).

May 05 2008 at 3:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jim

The list also includes Andre Agassi, so take it for what it's worth.

May 05 2008 at 2:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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