Wednesday, June 4, 2008

3.5 Out Of 100? Where's The Rest???


This could alternatively be given a "WTF" title. Seriously. What the F*ck?????

I was getting ready for bed, but decided to browse one the message boards I frequent regularly, since I hadn't been there in awhile. One post caught my eye in particular. Someone had plucked from the AfterElton website a list of the Top 100 Men for 2008. Curious, I checked it out.

Mistake No. 3, my friend, big mistake!

Out of 100 men listed, there were only 3.5 men of color. (I gave the African American community and White community "half" of Wentworth Miller since he acknowledges his Multiracial background but "passes" himself). I should correct myself too, because in a technical sense, there were more men of color. However, they were all Latino men who are also passing, so I didn't include them. There were, I might add, no men listed of Native American or Asian descent. None. Correct me if I'm wrong. There were one or two names I didn't recognize.

It shouldn't surprise me. Not in the least. I guess I put more faith in American Pop Culture Powers-That-Be than I should have. I disagree with more than half the list! I'll sit down this week and come up with my own Top 100, and unlike AfterElton, I won't be biased, but you better believe there'll be more than 3.5 brothers listed. For that matter, they'll be more than 75 Men of Color, so yes, maybe it WILL be biased! Goddammit! AfterElton certainly was...

For anyone interested, I copied the list and pasted it below. Just so people don't think I'm a racist, and I'm not, but I'm proud of all my heritages. June maybe about Gay Pride, but African American/African Descent Pride is 3-6-5!

AfterElton's Top 100 Men Of 2008-Did I miss anybody of color?
  • 100. Jared Leto
  • 99. James Franco
  • 98. Hayden Christensen
  • 97. Ben Browder
  • 96. Adam Barta
  • 95. Thomas Roberts
  • 94. Russell Tovey
  • 93. Peter Paige
  • 92. Matthew McConaughey
  • 91. Jake Shears
  • 90. Christopher Gorman
  • 89. Robert Downey Jr.
  • 88. Justin Hartley
  • 87. Jude Law
  • 86. John Krasinski
  • 85. Rufus Wainwright
  • 84. Ricky Martin
  • 83. Nicolas Gob
  • 82. Henry Cavill
  • 81. Adam Levine
  • 80. Tom Ford
  • 79. Shia LeBeouf
  • 78. Jason Statham
  • 77. Mitch Hewer
  • 76. James Sutton
  • 75. Dave Annable
  • 74. Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  • 73. J.P. Calderon
  • 72. Darryl Stephens
  • 71. Clive Owen
  • 70. Cristiano Ronaldo (Is Spanish. A different "ethnicity" in Europe, not race.)
  • 69. Ronnie Kroell
  • 68. Josh Duhamel
  • 67. Eric Mabius
  • 66. Paul Rudd
  • 65. Orlando Bloom
  • 64. Lee Pace
  • 63. Eric Bana
  • 62. Ian Somerhalder
  • 61. Ashton Kutcher
  • 60. Jensen Atwood
  • 59. Josh Holloway
  • 58. Eddie Cibrian
  • 57. Colin Farrell
  • 56. Chad Allen
  • 55. Patrick Dempsey
  • 54. Ewan McGregor
  • 53. Paul Walker
  • 52. Gael Garcia Bernal
  • 51. Taye Diggs
  • 50. Eric Dane
  • 49. Matt Damon
  • 48. Chris Meloni
  • 47. George Clooney
  • 46. Matthew Fox
  • 45. James McAvoy
  • 44. Declan Bennett
  • 43. Jared Padalecki
  • 42. David Boreanaz
  • 41. Gerard Butler
  • 40. Johnny Depp
  • 39. Ryan Gosling
  • 38. Milo Ventimiglia
  • 37. Mario Lopez
  • 36. Jonathan Rhys Meyers
  • 35. Jamie Barber
  • 34. Heath Ledger
  • 33. David Tennant
  • 32. Randy Harrison
  • 31. Tom Welling
  • 30. James Marsden
  • 29. Jo Weil
  • 28. Hugh Jackman
  • 27. Channing Tatum
  • 26. Christian Bale
  • 25. Justin Timberlake
  • 24. Zac Efron
  • 23. Robert Gant
  • 22. Matthew Rhys
  • 21. Ryan Phillippe
  • 20. Jake Silbermann
  • 19. Chace Crawford
  • 18. Wentworth Miller (1/2)
  • 17. Thore Scholermann
  • 16. Daniel Craig
  • 15. Brad Pitt
  • 14. T.R. Knight
  • 13. Jensen Ackles
  • 12. David Beckham
  • 11. Gareth David-Lloyd
  • 10. Ryan Reynolds
  • 09. Anderson Cooper
  • 08. Chris Evans
  • 07. Van Hansis
  • 06. Gale Harold
  • 05. Neil Patrick Harris
  • 04. Cheyenne Jackson
  • 03. Luke McFarlane
  • 02. John Barrowman
  • #1. Jake Gyllenhaal

3 comments:

photogreg said...

you know, i don't agree with that list at all! Darryl Stephens should be in the top ten. and where's Taye Diggs??

patrick said...

it seems like in real life, in general, Kutcher is savvier than the average Hollywood folk

Joseph said...

Cheyenne Jackson is half-Native American. But, yes, it is disappointing that there weren't more men of different races on the list, and it has generated quite a bit of discussion over at AfterElton.

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