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Thread #90789   Message #1725001
Posted By: Little Hawk
22-Apr-06 - 10:02 PM
Thread Name: Johnny Cash - How come an icon?
Subject: RE: Johnny Cash - How come an icon?
The really crucial criteria that decide whether or not someone deserves to be an icon are...

1. Charisma (think William Shatner)
2. Uniqueness (William Shatner again...)
3. Staying Power (Shatner...)
4. Sex Appeal (Shatner...)
5. A notoriously big "Willy" (Shatner) (Note: N/A for female icons...)
6. Looking good without a shirt on (Shatner)
7. Moving unstoppably from triumph to greater triumph (Shatner)
8. Inspiring envy and even hatred in those who only WISH they could be like him! (Oooooo! Shatner. Bigtime!)

Now I think that Johnny Cash meets enough of the above criteria to qualify as a true icon. I give him definitely 1,2,3,4...5 is unconfirmed...6,7 (with a few minor setbacks like drug addiction and arrest), and 8.

Be glad, Danks, that Johnny Cash did not quite reach the Shatneric level of iconic perfection, because if he had, you would REALLY be bothered by it. I'm kind of surprised, actually, that you have not started a thread attacking William Shatner's iconic status.

If you're going to do battle with famous men, why not take on the ULTIMATE CHALLENGE? ;-)