Thursday, 29 Oct 2020

The most woke Time 100 yet? BLM founders and Dr. Fauci dominate

The most woke Time 100 yet? BLM founders, Dr. Fauci and Gabrielle Union dominate annual list along with COVID-19 heroes

  • TIME released its list of the 100 most influential people of 2020 on Tuesday night
  • Dr Anthony Fauci, frontline nurse Amy O’Sullivan and rapper Megan Thee Stallion were among the eight cover stars for this year’s issue
  • Black Lives Matter founders Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi also got a cover
  • President Trump landed on the list for the fifth year in a row, along with his attorney general Bill Barr and election rivals Joe Biden and Kamala Harris  

Dr Anthony Fauci, President Donald Trump and the founders of Black Lives Matter have been named to TIME magazine’s 2020 list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

TIME released the list on Tuesday night, revealing Fauci as one of the eight cover stars for this year’s issue, alongside R&B singer The Weeknd, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai, COVID-19 frontline nurse Amy O’Sullivan, actress Gabrielle Union and her NBA star husband Dwyane Wade, rapper Megan Thee Stallion, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and BLM founders Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi.  

Late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel penned the biography for Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert who was thrust into the spotlight this spring as a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force. 

‘He delivers the truth, as difficult as it may be to hear, earnestly and with one goal: to save lives. His courage and candor have earned our trust. We are all fortunate to have a man of his wisdom, experience and integrity to help us navigate these difficult waters,’ Kimmel wrote.  

Dr Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, was named to TIME magazine’s 2020 list of the 100 most influential people in the world

Black Lives Matter founders Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi also earned a cover

Black Lives Matter founders Cullors, Garza and Tometi headed up the ‘Icons’ portion. 

Their biography was written by Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, a black 17-year-old who was shot dead by a white security officer in Florida in 2012.  

‘There are only three of them, but they are everywhere,’ Fulton wrote. ‘They are getting people to think: What if you had a 17-year-old son in a hoodie, and no weapon, just a candy and a drink, and now he’s dead on the ground? What if your daughter was sleeping in her own bed and the police knocked down the door and killed her? How would you feel? That is what “Black Lives Matter” asks.’  

Leading the ‘Artist’ category with cover features were Megan Thee Stallion and The Weeknd.

Actress Taraji P Henson had nothing but praise for Megan in her description, writing: ‘I don’t like to put the stigma of the word “Strong” on Black women because I think it dehumanizes us. But Megan — she’s got a strength. She is the epitome of tenacity.’

Elton John praised The Weekend, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, in a brief blurb, calling him ‘a mysterious figure in an era when mystery is rare in pop. You never know what to expect next.’

Amy O’Sullivan, a 18-year veteran ER nurse at Wyckoff hospital in Brooklyn, made the list as a representation of all front-line workers who have risked their lives during the pandemic. 

O’Sullivan treated the first COVID-19 patient at her hospital, who also became the city’s first death in early March.   

Amy is just one of the millions of health care workers worldwide who risked everything to service others,’ Emmy-winning journalist Katie Couric wrote.

Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade graced a cover together, each with their own biography. 

‘With his support for his daughter Zaya, who is transgender, Dwyane has set a powerful example for parents and for society of how to be good allies to young people who are figuring out who they are,’ musician John Legend wrote. 

‘He and Gabrielle don’t love Zaya despite who she is. They love Zaya, and they celebrate who she is and they embrace her.’ 

Amy O’Sullivan, a 18-year veteran ER nurse at Wyckoff hospital in Brooklyn, made the list as a representation of all front-line workers who have risked their lives during the pandemic

Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade graced a cover together, each with their own biography.

President Trump also made the list for the fifth year in a row, along with his presidential rivals Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, his attorney general William Barr and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. 

TIME’s senior White House correspondent Brian Bennett wrote a particularly scathing biography for Trump, writing that he ‘downplayed the severity of COVID-19 early on, refused for months to wear a mask and pressured government scientists to change their recommendations, as the virus spread to eventually kill more than 200,000 Americans’.

Bennett called Trump’s presidency ‘norm-shattering’, adding: ‘Voters will decide on Election Day whether Trump’s use of power will be a cautionary tale or a preview of more to come.’ 

Another White House correspondent for TIME, Tessa Berenson, penned the description for Barr, focusing on how the attorney general has taken on a role as protector of Trump. 

‘It’s not clear whether Barr is guided by fealty to Trump or a belief in sweeping Executive power,’ Berenson wrote. ‘Either way, he has proved himself a top defender of the scandal-plagued President.’ 

Biden’s blurb, written by South Carolina Congressman Jim Clyburn, describes the Democratic presidential nominee as ‘honest, compassionate and empathetic – but most of all, he is a public servant.’

Like most Americans, Joe Biden knows hardship; he knows disappointment; he knows sacrifice and moments of contentment,’ Clyburn wrote. 

‘It’s one thing to run to lead a country at its high point, but I believe it speaks volumes to Joe’s character that he will fight to lead us through these.’

Meanwhile, Biden’s running mate Harris was praised as a ‘trailblazer’ by Massachusetts Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley. 

‘Kamala every day embodies the beliefs and expectations of little girls and young women who see themselves in her,’ Pressley wrote. 

‘We speak of our elders and we say, “We are, because of them.” Years from now, a generation of young people will look at Kamala and say, “We are, because of her.” 

TIME 100: THE FULL LIST 

PIONEERS 

Megan Thee Stallion

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Ibram X. Kendi

Nathan Law

Tomi Adeyemi

Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir

Julie K. Brown

Cecilia Martinez

Maya Moore

Chase Strangio

Zhang Yongzhen

Tourmaline

Waad al-Kateab

Abubacarr Tambadou

Gabriela Cámara

Camilla Rothe

Rebecca Gomperts

Ravindra Gupta

Lauren Gardner

Shi Zhengli

Shiori Ito

ARTISTS 

The Weeknd

Ali Wong

Michael B. Jordan 

Selena Gomez

J Balvin

JoJo Siwa

Halsey

Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Jennifer Hudson

Yo-Yo Ma

Dapper Dan

Anaïs Mitchell

Michaela Coel

Bong Joon Ho

LASTESIS

Julie Mehretu

Ayushmann Khurrana

LEADERS 

Dr Anthony Fauci

Kamala Harris

Tsai Ing-wen

John Roberts

Xi Jinping

Donald Trump

Caesar

Angela Merkel

Joe Biden

Jair Bolsonaro

Nancy Pelosi

Narendra Modi

William Barr

Anne Hidalgo

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Mary Kay Henry

Nemonte Nenquimo

Ursula von der Leyen

Jung Eun-kyeong

Bonnie Castillo

Jean-Jacques Muyembe Tamfum

Yousef Al Otaiba

TITANS

Gabrielle Union

Dwyane Wade

Sundar Pichai

Tyler Perry

MacKenzie Scott

Robert F. Smith

Lewis Hamilton

Jerome Powell

Eric Yuan

Patrick Mahomes

Claire Babineaux-Fontenot

Greg Berlanti

Shari Redstone

Tony Elumelu

Zhong Nanshan

Kristalina Georgieva

Lisa Nishimura

General Charles Q. Brown Jr

Daniel Zhang

Gwynne Shotwell

Tunji Funsho

ICONS

Amy O’Sullivan

Black Lives Matter Founders Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi

Ady Barkan

Billy Porter

Naomi Osaka

Angela Davis

Chi Chia-wei

Megan Rapinoe

Felipe Neto

Allyson Felix

Sister Norma Pimentel

David Hill

Arussi Unda

Nury Turkel

Lina Attalah

Bilkis  

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