Laverne Cox Left Off Time “Most Influential” List, Despite Nabbing Top Votes

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Time magazine released its annual 100 Most Influential People list, slapping Beyoncé in a bra and panties on the cover. While we can’t deny Queen Bey is a major power player, trans actress-activist Laverne Cox was left off the list—despite having the second highest percentage of “yes” votes among all the nominees.

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While editors make the final decision, the Most Influential People list has a public-voting period that allows readers to weigh in yea or nay on nominees.

As Perez Hilton pointed out, Cox not only scored 91.5% approval rating, but garnered 85,000 votes—the second most after Benedict Cumberbatch. Lupita Nyong’o—a recent Oscar winner, red-carpet stunner and People’s Most Beautiful Person for 2014—was also left off, despite having the highest percentage of “yes” votes in the whole competition.

Who did make the list? The Fault in Our Stars author John Green, with a paltry 8,400 votes—almost half of which were “no.” Carrie Underwood made the cut as well, even though 74% of the 18,589 people who voted didn’t want her.

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Ever gracious, Cox avoiding casting any shade at the magazine. Se took to Twitter to thank her fans for their support.


Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.