Celebrities Who Made The Biggest Cultural Impact In 2017

Updated January 30, 2019 0 votes 710 voters 15.4k views81 items

List RulesVote up the celebrities who influenced mainstream culture in 2017. No politics :)

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The celebrities who influenced culture in 2017 were fashion innovators, outspoken activists, social media influencers, cutting edge artists, and talented musicians. They used their platforms to create or say something original and when these 2017 influential celebrities spoke, the American public took notice. The very nature of being a famous person implied wielding a certain amount of influence, but the celebrity influencers on this list had a greater impact than the average famous person this year. Whether they started a movement - like Colin Kaepernick - or became the first person to do something - like Chance the Rapper, the first unsigned recording artist to win a Grammy without actually selling his music - these celebrity trendsetters were on the cutting edge of culture. 

In a year dominated by news of Donald Trump, he can't help but make the list despite his technical current standing as a politician. As the President of the United States, his influence over American and global culture is hard to deny. But in a year filled with politics, this list is for those celebrities who impacted culture outside of legislature and policy. So leave your political opinions at the door and vote up the celebrity tastemakers who defined 2017.

Check out who is influencing people in 2019.

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    Robert Mueller

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    • His album Coloring Book became the first streaming-only album to win a Grammy in February 2017.

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    • Taylor Swift successfully sued a radio DJ for a symbolic $1 over a groping incident that occurred in 2013.
    • After the trial, she made this statement: "I acknowledge the privilege that I benefit from in life, in society and in my ability to shoulder the enormous cost of defending myself in a trial like this. My hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard. Therefore, I will be making donations in the near future to multiple organizations that help sexual assault victims defend themselves." 

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    Gwendoline Christie


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    Matt Furie

    • Matt Furie is the artist who created Pepe the Frog, one of the internet's most famous memes. Pepe started out as a light-hearted character but during the presidential election, and after Donald Trump's election, the alt-right co-opted Pepe and used him to spread racist, sexist and anti-Semitic messages. Furie has sprung into legal action against those who would use Pepe as a hate symbol.