CL lost to Vladimir Putin in the TIME 100 Reader’s Poll despite grabbing an early lead and what I assumed would be a runaway victory because K-pop fans and K-pop fandoms are insane.
Now the thing that actually sort of matters, TIME’s 100 Most Influential People In The World list, comes out on Apr. 16, and I’m sure Scooter Braun just sent TIME a massive bribe or something, because losing this must’ve been at least somewhat surprising.
In any case, CL wasn’t even able to win the thing Rain won three times in a fucking row, which at least got him a Stephen Colbert appearance.
Then again, in retrospect, maybe losing this is a positive.