2012's Least Influential People

'GQ' provides a year-end list we can get behind
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 28, 2012 1:58 PM CST
This 2003 file photo shows Lance Armstrong waving on the podium after he won his fifth consecutive Tour de France cycling race, in Paris.   (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

(Newser) – If all those year-end lists of inspiring, fascinating, and otherwise amazing people has you feeling bad about yourself, turn instead to GQ's end-of-the-year list of 2012's least influential people, a group of "zeros" it refers to as insignificant and thoroughly uninspiring:

  • Mitt Romney: "Did anyone vote enthusiastically for Mitt Romney? Of course not. Voting for Romney is like hooking up with the last single person at the bar at 4am."
  • Madonna: "That cheerleading outfit isn't making you look any younger, Madge." Get out of the way, we have Ke$ha now.

  • Lance Armstrong: "Every year brings new and incontrovertible evidence that Lance Armstrong is the polar opposite of the inspiring legend he was once made out to be."
  • Adam Sandler: "At this point, the only reason Sandler makes movies is so that Rob Schneider can earn a living."
  • Occupy Wall Street protesters: "You really showed those Wall Street bigwigs you meant business by failing to adopt proper leadership and embodying virtually every awful liberal-hippie stereotype. ... Say what you will about the Tea Party, at least it managed to get people elected."
The entire hilarious list is worth a read. (Read more lists stories.)

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