Laverne Cox Didn’t Make the Time Magazine 100 cut…
So, this may come as a shock to some, but it might not surprise others. Laverne Cox, actress appearing in Orange is the New Black, Transgender advocate and activist, did not make the final selection for inclusion in Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. It’s true, you can look HERE to see for yourself:
Now, the reason it’s worth mentioning is that she was quick to rise on the list, several news orgs even reported about her having quite the voting tally built up, and it was a surprise to many, it seems. You can see some of these here, and here. Even on Time’s website HERE. So, it’s not like there weren’t votes.
What happened here? We at Transition Transmission, quite simply, don’t know. It’s not that the list isn’t filled with some fairly influential people, mind you. It is, it’s quite a who’s who of influential and powerful people. But… then we have a few people on there that don’t quite seem to add up when standing next to someone like Laverne Cox. Let’s grab some random names from entertainment here, let’s see… we have Carrie Underwood, Seth Meyers, Matthew McConaughey, and Jordan Peele. Now, yes, those individuals do entertain us, and they are all awesome in their own right. But where is Laverne, she’s ridiculously influential these days. Perhaps she’s not big enough in the entertainment industry…
I guess we could look at the activists who were ‘influential’ on the list. But why bother? The numbers were there to support her getting on the list… weren’t they? Certainly looked like it, and unless there was some kind of last minute dive to vote by some dastardly conservatives, we, like everyone else, are left wondering what happened.
Perhaps it’s that she’s transgender, and thus didn’t fit into their options of male and female (which you can see are the only two options to sort their selections from on their website). Or perhaps they simply weren’t going to include the most powerful and positive trans activist and role model in recent memory for… some other reason?
It basically leaves you wondering ‘What Happened’? And we’re not the only ones. Twitter has been lighting up wondering how ‘person x’ made it on the list, but Laverne did not.
[ Amber Neko - April 24, 2014 ]