When Kanye West stage-stormed Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, it seemed the entire world came crashing down on the loose-lipped egomaniac. Even President Barack Obama weighed in on the fray, famously branding the “Love Lockdown” rapper a “jackass” shortly after the now-infamous event.
So it seems like just desserts…or perhaps just a chuckleworthy turn of events…that West has been voted “more influential” than Obama in a new online survey.
Ye, 33, came fifth in AskMen.com’s Top 49 Most Influential Men Of 2010, beating out the US President, who came landed in 21st in the website’s fifth annual poll, down from No. 4 last year. More than half a million votes were cast to determine the guys who have made the largest impact on popular culture over the past 12 months, and ultimately, shaped what it means to be a modern-day Renaissance Man.
The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart scored first place. Further down the list we have studious screen star James Franco in at No. 7, Eminem is in at No. 24, Ben Affleck takes 25th place, while Leonardo DiCaprio is No. 43. Rounding out the Top 10 are Drew Brees at No. 6, Elon Musk at No. 8, Jose Mourinho at No. 9, and Graydon Carter at No. 10.
“It seems that this year in particular, our readers have chosen unlikely influencers; guys who don’t always play by the rules, and in many cases, created their own norms in opposition to the current times,” James Bassil, AskMen’s Editor-in-Chief, explains. “Jon Stewart earned his title by speaking frankly, and in the process, successfully engaging millions of ordinary citizens in politics. This year’s top five — Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs and Kanye West are more than that — all found success in their fields by taking unconventional paths … by breaking the rules of their industries.”
Check out the full list @ AskMen.com….