Readers respond to glaring omissions from our annual It List
The EW It List
Okay, let’s get into “It.” As always, our ever-vociferous readers had some things to say about our choices for this year’s edition of our It List issue (#438/439, June 26-July 3), particularly our listing of a certain “father” figure. “I was baffled as to how you could pick Sean ‘Puff Daddy’ Combs. I suppose he deserves it for some of his production credits, but for his sampling? Hello? I thought that this was the musical antithesis of creativity,” says Mohammed Ganai of Laguna Niguel, Calif. And, just to set the record straight, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Kevin Williamson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Chris Carter, Jim Carrey, and Beck are eminently creative people—but they’re also alumni of the 1997 It List. We didn’t think it was time for a class reunion…just yet.
WHEN IT HIT THE FANS
I was so impressed with your It List of the 100 most creative people. Once again your crystal ball is on target on who will make waves in the months to come. But what really surprised me was that even with an average age of 33, not once did you use the term Generation X. Now, if I could just get through an issue of EW without seeing the prefix Uber thrown in…
Terrific job on this year’s It List. Faces both familiar and new graced each page. I was happy to see such talented actors as Stanley Tucci, Vince Vaughn, Don Cheadle, the beautiful Angelina Jolie, and the adorable Casey Affleck. Most important, I was thrilled to see the sexy and dashing Alan Cumming blowing a kiss into the camera, bare chested and draped with feathers and jewelry. What a sight.
Your vivid picture of Katie Holmes of Dawson’s Creek fame gave my soul air and made my universe sing. She’s a sugar drop of fresh air with tremendous star potential.
The Masked Magician as one of the 100 Most Creative People? Unable to achieve great success on the basis of his limited abilities, he endeavors to spoil the accomplishments of more talented, harder-working performers—and spoil things for the rest of us, too, by revealing the secrets at the heart of wonder that make magic “magical.” That’s not creativity. That’s destructiveness.
How could you forget…Tom Fontana?
Dearborn Heights, Mich.
In my opinion, Johnny Depp should always be on the It List.
According to EW math, the more buzz or intelligence you have, the less likely you are to be on the It List. That may be true, but I bet you didn’t mean that. Your equation is art-directed nonsense. EW seems to think the joke is that the equations look cute: If Einstein is funny, his square root is hilarious. This misses the point. As in real mathematics, it’s not enough to look like a formula; it must mean something.
Murray Hill, N.J.
Regarding your Independence Day/X-Files burning question: What marketing plan for Independence Day would have included hanging posters in dark, untraveled alleys for FBI agents to pee on?
New York City
CORRECTIONS: We misspelled Rufus Wainwright’s name (It List). Due to a mathematical error, we overstated the amount of sodium in popcorn samples taken from three movie chains in New York. The correct figures are: Sony, 1.1 grams per large tub; United Artists, 1.0 grams; Cineplex Odeon, 0.9 grams (“Everything You Always Wanted to Ask About Movie Food,” #441, July 17).