With December slowly passing by and closing the 2017 year, there are going to be many titles connected with the rewinding of the whole year.
There are many celebrities – actors, activists, talented musicians, fashion innovators – who influenced the culture in 2017. Some of them and their lives and actions certainly didn’t go unnoticed. Being a celebrity implies having some sort of an influence over the society; and the people on this list certainly used it for good.
Ranker has compiled a voting list of the celebrities who were distinctively influential and impacted culture outside of policy in 2017.
1. Selena Gomez
The ‘Come and get it‘ singer this year has raised awareness for Lupus. She withdrew from public performing and the media and later revealed that she had a kidney transplant. The singer became a personal advocate for taking the needed mental health breaks.
2. Corey Feldman
The 46-year-old actor, started a mission to identify a Hollywood pedophile ring, by filing a police report and talking to the press. In his Youtube video, that has over one million views, he disclosed that he was ready to identify at least six alleged abusers.
3. Jordan Peele
This year, the 38-year-old actor became the first African-American writer-director with a 100 million dollars movie debut.
4. Leonardo DiCaprio
The 43-years-old Academy winner has donated one million dollars to hurricane relief efforts this year. That launched The United way Harvey recovery fund which raised almost 50 million dollars more.
5. Ariana Grande
This year in May, two days after the bomb in Manchester, the 24-year-singer hosted a concert in the honor of the families of the attack’s victims. Also, after the Las Vegas shooting, she called for stricter gun control laws.
6. Donald Trump
Probably, you would agree that he had to be on the list since his impact on the American culture this year especially can’t be disregarded. From to the way he uses Twitter, to the things he shares online and in person, Donald Trump’s influence can be definitely noticed and felt.
7. Ashley Judd
In 2017, the 49-year-old actress comes out with allegations of sexual misconduct against Harvey Weinstein, which lead to the investigative report by The New York Times. 82 more other women came forward with Weinstein’s abuse. This led to the accusations against Charlie Rose, Matt Lauer, Kevin Spacey and many more until-recently-respected people.
8. Leah Remini
In 2017, ex-Scientologist Leah Remini doubled down on her movement against Scientology, deciding to focus on disconnection and abuse.
9. Meghan Markle
When she marries Prince Harry, Meghan will potentially be the first mixed-race royal in history. Even though some historians believe that Queen Charlotte was of African descent.
10. Matt Furie
Who doesn’t recognize this frog, right? The first to create Pepe the Frog was the artist Matt Furie, who first used him as a light-hearted character but later, after the presidential election – for sexist, racist and anti-Semitic messages.
11. Taylor Swift
The ‘Look what you made me do’ singer sued a radio DJ for only a dollar over a groping incident that happened in 2013. After the trial, she stated:: “I acknowledge the privilege that I benefit from in life, in society and in my ability to shoulder the enormous cost of defending myself in a trial like this. My hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard. Therefore, I will be making donations in the near future to multiple organizations that help sexual assault victims defend themselves.”
The 45-year-old rapper has inspired many artists and music performers over the years, and he continues to do so even in 2017.
13. Matt Drudge
The politically conservative American news commentator is by far the single most influential person in the American media. The 51-year-old is the founder of the Drudge Report which is a right-leaning website that links to articles written by other outlets.
Rihanna’s commented on a fan’s Instagram post about her weight: “Somebody called me too fat? [Crying-Laughter Emoji]” The 29-years-old Barbadian singer has announced that she was happy in her skin disregarding all the opinion the public has about her weight.
15. Marc Maron
The 54-year-old American stand-up comedian influenced the culture in 2017 with his popular WTF with Marc Maron podcast. In his Netflix special Too real he shares his ideas about mortality and meditation.
16. Colin Kaepernick
The 30-year-old American football quarterback prompt conversation about race and his anthem protest influenced other NFL players to do the same.
17. Chance The Rapper
In February this year, the American rapper’s album Coloring book became the first streaming-only album to win a Grammy.
18. Riz Ahmed
The British actor and rapper spoke out against Trump’s Muslim ban, which followed in shining a light on Hollywood typecasting, and raising money for Syrian refugees.
19. Chrissy Teigen
The 32-year-old American model continuously tweeted things about President Trump during the whole year. Finally, in July he blocked her for tweeting “lol no one likes you.”
20. Katy Perry
In 2017, the 33-year-old ‘Roar’ singer became the first person to reach over 100 million followers on Twitter.
After the Paris robbery, Kim retreated to privacy in 2017, her influence, however, didn’t stop. Her Instagram account has over 100 million followers.