You may find yourself asking, what does it take for a man to leave his mark on society in this day and age? AskMen.com made a list of the 49 most influential men of 2009, as voted by the readers. And apparently, the AskMen readers believe that the man that has most inspired them this year is Don Draper, the main character in AMC’s series Mad Men.
Leave it to the male gender to vote a fictional character (who is sexist, racist and cheats on his wife) into the number one spot. This man’s biggest mark on society is his abuse of alcohol and cigarettes. Now there’s a man to look up to.
After reviewing the list it looks like the majority of names have had more influence on my late night fantasies than my actual life. Sex symbols such as Robert Pattinson, Roger Federer and Ashton Kutcher, to name a few, littered the list of “influential” man-meat. But to be fair, the vampire trend has really taken off thanks to Pattinson’s cold stare, so I guess he is influential in his own right.
I liked to see that #4 Mark Zuckerberg followed #3 man, Barack Obama. The President of the United States and the man that created Facebook should run side by side as pillars of inspiration.
Men such as Usain Bolt, the Jamaican sprinter and three-time Olympic gold-medalist, and Chesley Sullenberger, the pilot that successfully landed a plane in the Hudson River earlier this year, saved this list in my eyes. Champions and heroes such as these deserve to be recognized and honored as influential men of our time. Ryan Seacrest, however, probably does not.