Two of my favorite people are ranked No.1 and No.5 on Out magazines most influential list. Number one is none other than talk show host and newest Idol judge, ELLEN!! Making the list for the first time and debuting at number 5 is our very own glam god, Adam! Congratulations to them both!!
Ellen DeGeneres, Adam Lambert top Out magazine’s most influential list
April 16, 2010 | 8:31 am
And the most powerful gay person in America is — Ellen DeGeneres.
“American Idol’s” newest judge tops Out magazine’s list of the most influential gay men and women in America, rising from the No. 2 slot she occupied last year thanks in large part to the broader exposure “Idol” has brought her.
“Since DeGeneres replaced Paula Abdul as a judge on ‘American Idol’ in February, millions upon millions of viewers are getting a double dose of the hugely popular talk show host and 12-time Emmy winner,” write Out’s editors. “The American Express and Covergirl pitchwoman’s reach is nearly unparalleled, especially after Oprah Winfrey’s announcement that she will be ending her show in 2011. A passionate advocate for marriage equality, an avid opponent of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ and staunch defender of animal rights, DeGeneres’s enormous platform is many an American’s gain.”
But DeGeneres isn’t the only “Idol”-affiliated name to rank high. Adam Lambert debuts on the list at No. 5, breezing right past the likes of “Project Runway” powerhouse Tim Gunn (No. 47), two-time Oscar winner Jodie Foster (No. 41) and financial guru Suze Orman (No. 27) — as well as a host of other entertainment, media, political and fashion heavyweights.
Lambert’s sudden burst into the gay power elite is something Out’s editors say they “never saw coming,” noting that his “attention-grabbing run on ‘American Idol’ was largely interpreted as a referendum on tolerance.”
“Lambert shattered the glass closet of ‘American Idol,’ arguably ruining the show itself in the process (this season’s mealymouthed class merely played catch-up), and his kinky American Music Awards performance forced ABC to break out its rule book,” the magazine contends. “His Rolling Stone cover was the mag’s best seller of 2009, and midrange domestic debut sales of ‘For Your Entertainment’ are only the launching pad for an international career. Who did we talk about before?”
— Amy Reiter