When you’re picking the year’s 100 Most Influential People, surely someone isn’t going to be happy with the final list.
In this case, outraged fans have zeroed in on Time omitting Laverne Cox, the transgender icon who stars on Orange is the New Black. In an earlier fan-voted poll on Time’s site, 91.5% of respondents said Cox should be included on the magazine’s final list. The public polls don’t directly affect the list’s results – Time editors simply consider them before making final decisions. Still, many readers were surprised to see someone with such a groundswell of support not be named to the list.
The Daily Dot points to a Tumblr post that pictures Cox’s dominance in the reader polls, adding this caption: ”And then they didn’t put her on the list.” The post quickly went viral, racking up 44,000 reblogs and “likes” in 24 hours. People who did make the list over Cox? Matthew McConaughey, John Green, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Amy Adams.
Also on the list? Orange is the New Black creator Jenji Kohan. In Kohan’s write up for the magazine, Shonda Rhimes explained Orange’s influence: “Jenji’s characters are a breathtaking riot of color and sexual orientation onscreen.”
Cox, for her part, is looking on the bright side, and thanking fans for their support: