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What does it take to be a cultural/pop icon?

Madonna, Michael Jackson, Cher, etc. Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Tarantino, etc.

(Feel free to disagree with the above lists by the way. I'm just throwing out names here)

What is it? What makes an icon?

by Anonymousreply 1004/20/2013

I'll start with the obvious - it takes broad visibility. A lot of people have to know who he or she is.

Clearly, there's more to it.

by Anonymousreply 104/20/2013

I'm not seeing where OP dissed Janet Jackson.

by Anonymousreply 304/20/2013

"A pop icon is a celebrity, character, or object whose exposure in pop culture constitutes a defining characteristic of a given society or era. The categorization is usually associated with elements such as longevity, ubiquity, and distinction. Moreover, "pop icon" status is distinguishable from other kinds of notoriety outside of popular culture, such as with historic figures. Some historic figures are recognized as having reached "pop icon" status during their era, and such status may continue into the present. Pop icons of previous eras include Benjamin Franklin[1] and Mozart.[2]"


ABBA[8] Aerosmith[8][13] Christina Aguilera[14] Muhammad Ali[13] The Beatles[7][15][16] David Beckham[13] Bee Gees[17] Humphrey Bogart[7][16] David Bowie[13] James Brown[13] Mariah Carey[18] Charlie Chaplin[7][16] James Dean[13] Celine Dion[19] Lady Gaga[20] Judy Garland[13] Che Guevara[13] Guns N' Roses[21] Jimi Hendrix[13] Audrey Hepburn[13] Whitney Houston[21] Janet Jackson[21][22]

Michael Jackson[13][23][24] Elton John[13] Beyoncé Knowles[25][26] Led Zeppelin[13] Bruce Lee[13][27] Madonna[13][21] Nelson Mandela[13] Bob Marley[13] George Michael[13] Marilyn Monroe[13] Rihanna[28][29] Elvis Presley[13][15][23] Prince[13] Usher Raymond[30] The Rolling Stones[13] Frank Sinatra[13][23] Britney Spears[13][14] Spice Girls[13] Bruce Springsteen[8][13] Oprah Winfrey[13] Stevie Wonder[13] Kylie Minogue[31]

by Anonymousreply 404/20/2013

Is this another thread by that fat kid who won't come out of his room?

by Anonymousreply 504/20/2013

LOL JanBot is taking it to a whole new level.

No need to mention Janet anymore.

by Anonymousreply 604/20/2013

I wouldn't call Spielberg or Cameron icons. Very well kniws and successful, yes, but they lack that certain something that would make them an icon. Tarantino definitely though.

by Anonymousreply 704/20/2013

Fucking Janet Jackson is dead and in her grave.

by Anonymousreply 804/20/2013

I am going to find JANBOT and set her on fire.

by Anonymousreply 904/20/2013

The R4 post is from Wiki. I'm NOT the Janbot. Just including Wiki's take for discussion, which happened to include JJ.

by Anonymousreply 1004/20/2013
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