Most important American cultural icon of the 20th century?

Greatest American cultural icon of the 20th centuary?

  • Elvis Presley?

    Votes: 13 28.3%
  • Hugh Hefner?

    Votes: 4 8.7%
  • Richard Nixon?

    Votes: 1 2.2%
  • Nat King Cole?

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald?

    Votes: 3 6.5%
  • Niles Crane?

    Votes: 1 2.2%
  • Archie Bunker?

    Votes: 1 2.2%
  • Wonder Woman?

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Ollie North?

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Other?

    Votes: 23 50.0%

  • Total voters
    46

SirOrmondeWinter

Ad Honorem
Dec 2011
3,556
Who was the most important cultural icon in the US in the last 100 years? I nominate;

Elvis Presley; a man who brought rock and roll to the masses and challenged cultural norms, even having singalong with Richard Nixon.

Richard Nixon; a man who represented everything that that the counter-culture opposed yet someone who actually had great achievements and was instrumental in creating the modern cynicism regarding politics.

Hugh Hefner; a man who introduced pornography into the mainstream yet championed many liberal causes.

Frank Sinatra; a man who brought non-Wasp entertainment into the mainstream

Nat King Cole; the first Afro-American who was allowed on US TV]

F. Scott Fitzgerad; a man who epitomises the jazz age yet also acts as an anthem for a tragic dream that cannot die.

Bruce Springsteen; champions the dying dream of the American working class

Niles Crane; epitomises the development of the blue state 'class'

Archie Bunker; epitomises the development of the red state 'class'

Other? Fonzie? Tony Soprano? Tracy Chapman? Don Hedley? Homer Simpson? Jimmy Stewart? Alfred Hitchcock? Toni Morrison? J Edgar Hoover? Citizen Kane? FDR?
 
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RoryOMore

Ad Honorem
Mar 2012
3,395
USA
Nat King Cole; the first Afro-American who was allowed on US TV]
Given that he was around in the early days of TV, this can't be ruled out. Cole, though, is usually credited as the first black to host a variety show. Amos 'n Andy, for instance, was on several years before Cole got his show.

My choices:

Real person: Muhammed Ali
Fictional character: The John Wayne/Clint Eastwood cowboy
Product: Coca Cola
 

SirOrmondeWinter

Ad Honorem
Dec 2011
3,556
Given that he was around in the early days of TV, this can't be ruled out. Cole, though, is usually credited as the first black to host a variety show. Amos 'n Andy, for instance, was on several years before Cole got his show.

My choices:

Real person: Muhammed Ali
Fictional character: The John Wayne/Clint Eastwood cowboy
Product: Coca Cola
Yeah, John Wayne/Clint Eastwood, epitomise the American cowboy spirit, Eastwood a lot more cynically that Wayne. Amos and Andy was an interesting cultural phenonemon, they lived in a purely segregated world with no whites. Nat represented an integrated world.
 
Oct 2013
620
Russia
all-time – Uncle Sam


20 century - Marilyn Monroe


right after her:


Clark Gable
Elvis Presley
Jim Morrison
Nat King Cole
Ernest Hemingway
 

Mike McClure

Ad Honorem
Nov 2010
6,228
Indiana
Another person I would add is Henry Ford but a century is really too long. Few cultural icons can ever define a century.
 

Davidius

Ad Honorem
Dec 2010
4,993
Pillium
It has to be Elvis. No one else has inspired so many imitators, spoofs, memes and wannabees.



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