The Least Influential People of 2011: Gwyneth Paltrow, President Obama, Make GQ’s List

GQ typically praises the Hollywood elite for being the sexiest people on the planet, for being the most powerful, or for being the richest. But the magazine can also honors those “other” celebrities. Today GQ released “The 25 Least Influential People Alive” list, and apparently Gwyneth Paltrow and January Jones find themselves in that “other” category of celebrity.

Some choices on the list are obvious. Harold Camping, for instance, just can’t make the world end. He’s been trying for decades but every doomsday prediction has ended in embarrassment. After his last failed prediction, the rapture promising preacher has decided to retire his fire and brimstone speeches.

Some choices are less obvious, like, well, President Obama. GQ writes:

“Okay, so we’re cheating a bit with this one. He did order the raid that wiped Osama bin Laden off the face of the earth. But then he used that surplus of political capital to let everyone in Washington stick a boot in his ass. This is a man who should be the most transformational figure of the century. Hell, he promised to be that. Instead he wields all the power of a substitute teacher at night school.”

And then there are some that we can probably all agree on. After ridiculing Gwyneth’s cookbook and her endless award show appearances, GQ asks: Is it any wonder we all loved watching her die in Contagion?

Here’s the complete list of the “25 Least Influential People Alive.”

  1. Tim Pawlenty
  2. Princess Beatrice
  3. Ed Schultz
  4. Tia and Tamera Mowry
  5. Team Spider-Man (Bono, the Edge, and Julie Taymor)
  6. Hank Williams Jr.
  7. Amy Chua
  8. Steve Williams
  9. Hosni Mubarak
  10. January Jones
  11. Harold Camping
  12. Paul Reiser
  13. Jeff Ashton
  14. Arnold Schwarzenegger
  15. Léo Apotheker
  16. Gwyneth Paltrow
  17. Tina Brown
  18. Tila Tequila
  19. Dr. Marcus Bachmann
  20. Rosie Huntington-Whitely
  21. Bobby Bonilla
  22. Rapper Pitbull
  23. Harrison Ford
  24. John Boehner
  25. President Obama

Who would you put on the least influential list?