winning the Time 100 Poll does not technically lead to a person ending up on the Time 100 List, which is fair enough since celebrities with huge social media followings are invariably going to wind up near the top, regardless of what they’ve actually done over the past year.
however, not only did Laverne Cox do extremely well in the poll (which was topped by two Indian politicians, both of whom were on the final List) despite only having about 72,000 Twitter followers, but she also has far greater cultural relevance than several of the people who made it into the Arts category of the official List. Laverne Cox is one of the vanishingly few openly trans people in the public eye, her fame has skyrocketed over the past year, she’s evidently inspiring a sincere outpouring of positive feeling from the public (her votes in the poll were over 90% positive, which is FAR better than very nearly anyone else), and she stars in one of the very first successful internet-only tv shows, a media format that’s really only existed for a couple of years.
the List isn’t precisely a popularity contest, it’s more like a rating of who is culturally relevant and influential at this point in time — for better or worse. and apparently right now, that includes people like Robyn Wright, Robert Redford and Amy Adams, all of whom can be categorized as actors who are “having a good year,” but not, i think, any moreso than plenty of other celebrities who are also “having a good year,” such as Lupita Nyong’o, Michael Fassbender, Macklemore, etc.
i don’t know a great deal about the Time 100 list and i’m aware that this isn’t “”important”” in the greater scheme of things, but i find it disappointing that Laverne Cox was ignored like this.