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|BBC ICONS CONTROVERSY...WHAT NO ELVIS?
BBC Two's Icons was bound to spark fierce debate in their attempt to try and narrow down the nominees for their most iconic public figure of the 20th Century series.
And that's exactly what happened!
So how did they come to the nominees? A research tool, developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, drawing on the prominence of individuals on the internet, was used
to compile the list. The lists were sent to academic experts to assess against key criteria – legacy, achievement, impact, influence, contribution to their field, and public profile. Expert
panels then debated the longlists before agreeing on the four individual icons shortlisted for each category.
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The eight-part special sets out to figure out our most important person by narrowing down the contestants into representatives for multiple fields, with the public then voting for one of
four choices each night.
So far, BBC viewers have voted on two categories. Week one saw viewers vote Ernest Shackleton as the 20th Century's most iconic explorer and the latest episode had viewers
voted South African civil rights pioneer Nelson Mandela as the most iconic leader.
The winner of each section:
Science, Entertainment, Activism, Sports, Arts and Writing will go through to a World Cup-style tournament to crown the one ultimate Icon of the 20th Century.
The four entertainers nominated by the production are silent movie comic Charlie Chaplin, Hollywood starlet Marilyn Monroe, jazz singer Billie Holiday and David Bowie.
Ok, yes, they're all icons who continue to inspire and thrill their fans to this day, and yes, they all deserve to be included on a list.
There's just one problem.
Why no ELVIS? After all, it was ELVIS who was officially crowned the ARTIST OF THE CENTURY back in 1999 as we moved into the 21st Century, this BBC Icons series is seemingly
some kind of joke? Certainly pointless? Even rigged? You see, Elvis is not the only ICON not included in the nominees list for the Entertainers category. No Sinatra, No Beatles, No
Madonna, No James Dean, No Marlon Brando, No John Lennon, No Michael Jackson and so on.
And to be honest, as soon as the nominees for the greatest entertainer of the 20th Century was announced, it was laughably rigged in favour of David Bowie. Let's be realistic, it was
so obvious that any challenger to Bowie's nomination was kept well away of the list.
Non Elvis fans will obviously be saying, "Sour Grapes", "Sour Loser" etc, etc, etc. But it's journalists along with the fans who are asking that question.... "WHY NO ELVIS?" How the
hell can you have a vote for the 20th Century's Greatest Entertainment ICON and not have Elvis standing front and center?
Here are just some of the feedback around the web regarding this BBC series...
well #Icons on @BBCTwo. what a load of shit. who voted on this. elvis presley the most influential artist of the 20th century is not in the final. this guy influenced so many artists that it
is laughable that he is not included in the final.
No Elvis??!!!!! Seriously???!!!! Bitterly disappointed! And where's Bette Davis? ....#Icons
stupid! embarrassing! #icons @BBCtv how can there be no Elvis in the list? The greatest icon of all time
Elvis only the most successful recording artist ever. And Frank was an actor as well as a singer.
But the panel of experts on #icons new better???
I love Bowie but Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson and John Lennon are more appropriate candidates #icons
The Icons Contenders and Winners So Far Are:
Leaders – Winston Churchill, Franklin D Roosevelt, Margaret Thatcher and Nelson Mandela
Explorers – Ernest Shackleton, Gertrude Bell, Neil Armstrong and Jane Goodall
Scientists – Marie Curie, Alan Turing, Albert Einstein and Tu You you
Entertainers – Charlie Chaplin, Billie Holiday, Marilyn Monroe, David Bowie
Activists – Emmeline Pankhurst, Gandhi, Helen Keller and Martin Luther King Jr
Sport stars – Muhammad Ali, Pelé, Billie Jean King and Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson
Artists and writers – Virginia Woolf, Pablo Picasso, Alfred Hitchcock and Andy Warhol