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
Dec 2011
3,556
#1
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
#2
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
 
Dec 2011
3,556
#3
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.
 

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