People magazine's Sexiest Asian Men: 7 out of 137?

Sunday, November 18, 2007

While you can lament that out of 137 men featured in People magazine's Sexiest Man/Men issue there are only 7 of them that are Asian - at least there's some representation - so it's a start - and before going into who they didn't pick up on, here's a breakdown of the Asian men that are in the issue - congratulations you sexy Asian men:

From the Sexy at any age section

Ken Watanabe 40's

Sendhil Ramamurthy 30's

M. Night Shyamalan 30's

Jackie Chan 50's

From the Simply Sexy section

Will Yun Lee - Sexiest Fighter

From the Year of the nerd section

Masi Oka

From the Movie Characters section

Keanu Reeves

Left off and wondering

Other than Keanu (whose father is of Chinese and Hawaiian decent) there were no other Asian men in the Movie Characters section, which begs the question of how you can have Dennis Quaid and Colin Firth, but dare to leave off someone like Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Andy Lau, Jet Li, or Bruce or Brandon Lee? People magazine picked up on international actors like Gael Garcia Bernal, and Hugh Grant, but neglected to pick up on any of the above actors.

Tony Leung Chiu Wai

And since there was a dearth of Asian men in the Movie Characters section, it should come as no surprise to anyone that there wasn't a single Asian man in the Sexy Songs section - nada, zilch, zip - and again here, they also choose to look at international singers and bands.


So how can anyone leave off one of the most influential Asian male entertainers, Rain, from that list? And if they thought Rain was too Asian - what about Doug Robb from Hoobastank - if UB40 can be put into that section, Hoobastank's "The Reason" should be able to get picked up there as well.