The Forbes list of 100 celebrities was released today, and Angelina Jolie is number one, and supposedly that means something. From the Hollywood Reporter:
Angelina Jolie is now the most powerful celebrity in the world, taking the No. 1 spot on Forbes’ 2009 Celebrity 100 list, which ranks stars from the film, TV, music and sports worlds based on entertainment-related earnings as well as exposure in the media.
This pushes Oprah Winfrey, who held the top spot for two consecutive years, down to No. 2 on a list dominated by females.
Being in the spotlight throughout the past 12 months brought Jolie to the top of the list. However, Winfrey remains the highest-paid, earning $275 million over the past year, compared with Jolie’s $27 million.
Huh? I already didn’t get it, and then they tried to explain it and I more didn’t get it. Being in the spotlight throughout the past 12 months makes Jolie the most powerful? She has lazer-cannons for eyes now or something? Her grip is like a vice and her hair has the tensile strength of a spider’s web? Seriously, I don’t understand. At least Oprah has a highly-watched television show through which she broadcasts and explores her ideas and opinions on a daily basis. She has (and uses) the capacity to influence her viewers’ spending choices, reading choices, charitable notions, and instantly bestow increased celebrity on the guests she choses. That is a sort of power. Angelina Jolie was in Wanted, and she was terrible. I know that she went on a tour of the U.N. cafeteria once or something, but come on. Barack Obama is #49? This list was literally put together by making a cat wander over a field of 100 names on a living room carpet. Play yourself off, living room randomizer cat.