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The most influential stars, quietly pulling our strings

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Freemanwashingtonjones_lI’m not really sure what “influential” means in the context of Forbes‘ new list of the 10 most influential stars. Apparently, it means most trustworthy as a spokesperson (or potential spokesperson) for some off-screen product or philanthropic or political cause. I mean, everyone loves James Earl Jones (No. 9, pictured right), but has he actually influenced people to watch CNN just because it’s his voice telling you that, um, you’re already watching CNN?

Look at the list as a whole, however, and a trend emerges. Four of the 10 stars on the list are African-American men (including Denzel Washington at No. 1, pictured center), and two of them (Jones and Morgan Freeman, pictured left) have played the president of the United States. Could this “influential” thing is more subliminal and far-reaching than even Forbes had imagined? Just sayin’…

More on Forbes‘ celebrity lists:
Forbes‘ 2008 Top-Earning Dead Celebrities list
Forbes‘ 2008 Most Overpaid Celebrities list
Forbes‘ 2008 Celebrity 100 Power list
Forbes‘ 2007 Most Overpaid Celebrities list
Forbes‘ 2007 Top-Earning Dead Celebrities list
Forbes‘ Ultimate Star Payback list
Forbes‘ 2007 Celebrity 100 Power list
Forbes‘ 2006 Top-Earning Dead Celebrities list
Forbes‘ 10 Most Trustworthy Celebrities list
Forbes‘ 2006 Celebrity 100 Power list
Forbes‘ 15 wealthiest fictional characters list
Forbes‘ 2005 Top-Earning Dead Celebrities list

addCredit(“Freeman: Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage; Washington: Jemal Countess/WireImage; Jones: Matt Peyton/Getty Images”)

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