time magazine poll

Benedict Cumberbatch leading the way as most influential actor according to TIME readers

Apr 17, 2014 16:44 By Alistair McGeorge

Benedict Cumberbatch is leading the way as the most influential actor in the world, according to an ongoing poll.

TIME magazine is working on its annual top 100 list, and the Sherlock star is head and shoulders above the competition, receiving more votes than the likes of Jared Leto, Jennifer Lawrence and even pop-megastar Miley Cyrus.

Although the poll is still open, Benedict is currently placed is sixth, behind the such stars as Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Beyonce and Justin Bieber, and he is the only actor in the top 10 as it stands.

Given his prominence on the big and small screen, it perhaps shouldn’t be too surprising to see him held so highly in the minds of the public.

As well as his role as Sherlock Holmes in the BBC’s modern-day retelling of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s literary detective, he’s become a go-to man in Hollywood.

The likes of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and his part in Star Trek Into Darkness have made him a valuable box office name, while taking on the role of Wikileaks leader Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate proved he could tackle the big issues.


anonymous asked:

Great response! Between AAVE/BVE, I dunno, I've always called it Ebonics. But saying it's not ok to have it on the list just because it's AAVE makes it SEEM like you are saying black people are unable to take criticism and shouldn't be criticized. I do recognize the rocky road that can be, but those specific words have evolved past AAVE, which is a great thing of it's own. But to each their own, I can understand why you are upset about the chosen words, but feminism is by far the dumbest choice.

I guess it bothers me as much as it does because the writers / readers of Time Magazine really have no place to criticize AAVE slang. I mean, I also have a problem with them using the slang popularized by young women on there (“obvi” “literally” “I can’t even”) because it fails to also point out popular slang used by young men that is equally as “annoying.” …and feminist is a super dumb choice because feminist isn’t even a slang word! (though neither is influencer.. but I think that is a jab at start-up culture, just like kale is a jab at hipsters.) 

If a magazine like… Essence for example posted a similar poll that included tons of AAVE slang then that holds a very different connotation. Hell. even something like friggin’ Buzzfeed holds a different connotation because the average reader of Buzzfeed isn’t friggin’ 48 years old (and probably white. Even though Times omitted race from their demographics.) Black people absolutely can take criticism, I just think white people need to stop targeting them at every friggin’ turn!  That poll felt very AAVE heavy to me and it just made me see red. I wanted to yell at Time to STAY IN THEIR LANE.

Nothing “evolves past” its dialect roots just because other people use it. Y’all is still just as much Southern American English, and saying day / dem / dose instead of they/them/those is still Cajun English, even though plenty of speakers outside of those dialects use those words. All of those words are still AAVE even if white girls on Insta use them! 

My overall point is that slang is a very valid part of our language with diverse roots. It should never ever ever be “banned” or criticized for being “annoying” because language is awesome, and watching the way people change language and create new words is so stinking cool.. the ass holes over at Time can go poop their pants.