Rarely does one comes across a public figure that only evokes love and doesn’t generate any kind of ill-will. Though most public figure may have a lively bunch of supporters, but there are bound to be a fair share of haters too. But there are some personalities who are treasured more than despised. The adoration level for them is universal. The reasons for their mass appeal is unique and beyond wordy explanation. In fact, there is nothing ‘rational’ that makes then so special for they have risen in stature solely because of their talent, actions and contributions towards society at large. Here are top 10 least hated persons in the world.
10. David Beckham:
One of the soccer’s most famous icons and free kick takers of all times, David Beckham’s recognition among his fans is way more than any other athlete. The huge success of the brand named ‘David Beckham’ speaks for itself. The unique fashion statement that this guy makes turns him into a cynosure in everyone’s eyes.
9. Pope Francis:
Born as Jorge Mario Bergogilo, Pope Francis is the 266th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. In the short span that he has been Pope, his imprint of concern for the poor, humble ways and his obligation towards ensuring a dialogue with people from diverse faiths and backgrounds has already marked him out. His simpler and less formal approach is something that puts him in different league from earlier religious heads of Catholic Church.
This 54 years old pop star, songwriter, actress, author, director, entrepreneur and philanthropist from the US is known for incessantly reinventing both her music songs and image. No one can forget the days when she set the MTV stage on fire with her vibrant music scores. She has to her credit the record of best-selling-female-recording artist of all time. Her outspoken image has won her more hearts than brickbats.
7. Sachin Tendulkar:
The God of Cricket who is literally worshiped in many parts of India, Sachin Tendulkar has defiantly earned the respect of the worldwide cricketing community. This humble little master, who took Indian cricket to new heights, wins outrightly in popularity charts when compared to other celebrities in contemporary times. To put it lightheartedly, he must be the only sportsman lawmaker in parliament who is not loathed by general public of India.
6. Stephen Hawkings:
Celebrated English theoretical physicist, cosmologist and author, Stephen Hawkings is a live inspiration for people born with deformities. Despite being totally paralyzed due to motor neuron disease he has led path breaking research in the field of science, specially astrophysics. This is what makes him so popular with young and old alike. He uses a speech generating device to communicate.
5. Lionel Messi:
Arguably the best soccer player around, Lionel Messi’s popularity has no limits among worldwide soccer fans. An icon for almost every budding football player who loves dribbling ball on grassy bases, this Argentine footballer has redefined the game single handedly. Merely 26 years in age, the fan following of this humble super-player can be easily assessed online. Every YouTube video of his carries millions of hits which in itself speaks a lot about the eminence he commands.
4. Angelina Jolie:
One of the prettiest woman on the earth, Angelina Jolie is known to don many hats. Other than her famed presence in Hollywood, she has earned huge respect globally for her humanitarian works. She is involved in rehabilitation works in war torn Afghanistan and many of the African countries. Her commitment to noble causes is what makes her so well-liked and congenial.
3. Oprah Winfrey:
A person with multi-talents, Oprah Winfrey is an American philanthropist, talk show host, actress, producer and media proprietor. Known for her talk show ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ which is also the highest rated talk show of its kind in history, she is among the most successful business women worldwide. The reason for such a large fan base lies in the way she earned a name for herself rising up to new glories from a poverty stricken childhood background.
2. Nelson Mandela:
The celebrated anti-apartheid revolutionary and politician, who challenged South Africa racists policies from 1994-1999 for which he had to undergo 27 years in prison has endeared him to all humanity. Not only did his protests lead to liberation of a great number of black people from a discriminatory regime, following the Gandhian path of non-violence has been instrumental in getting South Africa its independence. Mandela, also known as Madiba or Tata to his followers, is respected worldwide for his noble struggle and the grace with which he bowed out of power, something rare for any African politician. After Gandhi, if anyone used non-violence as a weapon to such an extent it was this great leader.
1. Dalai Lama:
Widely admired and followed the Tibetan religious guru Dalai Lama is one such personality for whom no one will have immoral words to share; except of course the Chinese government. The mild-mannered spiritualist who for over half a century has led a struggle to find a homeland for exiled Tibetans works for the cause of diffusion of love and compassion and has redefined the meaning of life for many souls in this world.