Bono, Robin Thicke Make GQ's List of 'Least Influential People'

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By Marc Schneider, Billboard

Bono just can't catch a break, can he? On the mend after suffering a nasty fall from his bike earlier this month, the rocker and his band U2 have topped GQ's highly influential Least Influential People of 2014 list.

As you can expect, the mag slices into Bono (the "Tom Friedman of rock") and the boys for colluding with Apple to plop their new album, Songs of Innocence, into everyone's iTunes library, unsolicited and free of charge. "The worst part was the way both Apple and U2 treated this, like it was some kind of noble gift to The People; in fact this was a $100 million marketing campaign," GQ writes. "Yes, $100 million to turn U2's socially conscious dad-rock into a piece of direct mail."

Following close behind Bono is another guy with a funny name, Barack Obama. The president (yep, still president) suffered a bike accident of his own this month in the form of the mid-term election, which of course was punishing for Democrats. "The CDC is playing nude Twister with Ebola patients. U2 is forcing bad songs on everyone... Are you even president anymore?" the mag asks.

Further down the list is Obama appointee Tom Wheeler, the FCC chairman, who rolls in at No. 19. Wheeler's in a pickle these days because of a little thing called net neutrality. GQ says Wheeler is "actively facilitating the demise of net neutrality by permitting a "fast lane" for web access. Note that this plan sorta glosses over the "slow lane" part. It will also enable ISPs to charge more for (probably) worse service. Did I mention that Wheeler is a former lobbyist for cable companies? WHAT A SURPRISE."

And because his year couldn't suck any worse, crooner Robin Thicke cracked the top 25 after losing his wife and rushing a poorly received take-me-back album, which did not in fact result in her taking him back. "The rest of this cheeseball's career is our collective punishment for making 'Blurred Lines' popular," GQ says. "Let's ALL get a divorce from this man."

Other non-influencers on GQ's list include former Clippers owner (and racist!) Donald Sterling, the writers who ruined the ending of How I Met Your Mother, Shins lover Zach Braff, CNN and paper bag wearer Shia LaBeouf. Check out the full list here.

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