The most universally liked person is a high honor, and a very tall order to fill. That means the 7.753 billion people on the planet need to not only have heard of who the person is, but also find them to be admirable in some way.
If there's anyone we know, they have to have some level of notoriety because of their deeds, their celebrity status, online or television personality, or accomplishments.
We tend to idolize celebrities because we can peer into their lives and feel like we know them. The bits of their personality that are shown to us tend to be the most likeable if their PR is doing a good job.
It's also possible that they're just a genuinely good person.
Redditor bpm918 asked:
"Who do you think is the most universally liked person in the world?"
Here's a list of people who's got their PR down pat, or are maybe legitimately good at their core.
A Russian Commander.
"That one Russian commander who decided not to nuke America, which would’ve led to probably the entire world getting destroyed, anybody who knows of him should like him."
"Vasily Arkhipov. I think you're right. Everybody should know about him and what he did back in 62 during the October crisis."
"Sadly he was viewed as a coward when he returned home and died a unsung death as an alcoholic. Even though he is one of the few people in the history of the world who saved humanity from ourselves."
"This almost happened twice."
"Stanislaw Jewgrafowitsch Petrow is the one who didn't nuke America after an ICBM launch was miss-detected. Vasily Arkhipov didn't nuke some American ships when his got attacked. Both probably prevented a third world war, before today I have only ever heard of Stanislaw Jewgrafowitsch Petrow."
"Ironically, the Petrov incident occurred shortly after the release of War Games, a film that examines the possibility of an accidental nuclear war due to a computer game being misinterpreted as Soviet aggression."
"Maybe he saw the movie. the movie saved mankind lol."
"It is entirely possible that it did or at least helped. It is known that President Reagan watched the film and then discussed it with Congress, his advisors and his joint chiefs of staff. Reagan's interest in the film is credited with leading to the enactment 18 months later of NSDD-145, the first Presidential directive on computer security. It is not too far a stretch to suspect it may also have been a concern in the back of his mind as he oversaw thawing of relations from 1985-1989 during his 2nd term."
Broadcaster David Attenborough.
"I was thinking David Attenborough."
"David Attenborough went through a little phase of being disliked. I think he published a story about how we all need to cut back on airline travelling because it's killing the planet, but the same paper also mentioned how many airline miles he'd done that year for filming."
"Personally I still like the guy."
"Between his personal airline miles and the message from his content its still a net positive in my opinion."
The kindest painter, Bob Ross.
"Pretty sure it's only in the US and few western countries."
"Not true at all. Everyone I know over here who knows of Bob loves Bob. (Over here = African Country with an Arab/Muslim majority: Morocco)."
"I'm from Eastern Europe and I love this guy. I'm really bad at drawing and it was never my passion, maybe at some point when I was a kid but it doesn't really matter. My point is even though I'm not an artsy person I just love listening to his voice, it calms me."
Actor Keanu Reeves
"No I hate Keanu Reeves!"
"...No, no, I can't do it. I tried, but you're right, I just can't hate Keanu!"
The late actress Betty White.
"This was the answer I came here for."
"Can't wait for her to turn 100 years old. I hope she's in a good health although we don't know how long she's going to last."
Our neighbor Mr. Rogers.
"I'm still upset with whoever started chopping onions in the theater during Won't You Be My Neighbor."
"We found his Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood online at the beginning of everything shutting down and did some binging. Incredibly soothing and left me in tears regularly."
"I didn’t have tv growing up, so wasn’t familiar. My wife did though. He says things even adults need to be reminded of time and time again."
The late actor, Robin Williams.
"I miss him."
"He is a national treasure and he will be missed. I couldn't imagine anybody else playing the genie from Aladdin."
Singer Dolly Parton.
"I have never heard anything close to a negative word about Dolly. Came from nothing....100% self-made...never promotes herself...self deprecating. Only brings good to the world. Love that woman."
"They explore this in the podcast 'Dolly Parton's America.' And they don't just speculate on it, they look at case studies, how widely known she is, and how widely liked she is. She tops all the lists."
"How can you not like her? She is beloved by both traditional Southern conservatives and progressive liberals (esp. GLBTQ+). She has big international appeal, too. Nelson Mandela played 'Jolene' over his prison’s loudspeakers because it sustained hope that his movement’s cries for freedom would be heard. Wow."
"Dolly Parton is beloved in the US (and apparently in South Africa), but I'm not sure the rest of the world knows her too well as an activist..."
"I'm a Brit. I'd say she's pretty well-known here for her non-musical activities too. Love her!"
The late Steve Irwin.
"Oddly, when Steve Irwin first became famous he was criticized for tormenting wildlife, putting his children in harms way, and he and his wife being a couple of loons. I find it fascinating to see his legacy turn around via echo chambers."
"My observation is that opinions of Steve Irwin are quite split, so I’m not sure he could be considered as universally liked."
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Universally, Grandma's are pretty great.
"Either Mom or grandma."
"As a mum, I can confirm that it is Granma. Mums say kids HAVE to do things they don’t want to AND say they CAN’T do things they want to."
Dame Julie Andrews.
"Dame Julie Andrews."
"Like 20 years ago Anne Hathaway was on Conan and said that Julie Andrews “swore like a sailor” when they were working on Princess Diaries."
"Rowan Atkinson? I bet Mr. Bean plays well all over the world. Hundreds of millions of people could love that dude and never even hear him say a peep. Eliminates a lot of potential controversy."
"Probably 15 years ago I found myself on a Pakistan International Airlines flight. Just one of those things. And they put Mr. Bean on a loop on the in-flight TV for 3 hours and nobody did anything but laugh at Mr. Bean the whole flight."
"Right up there with Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. Perfect physical comedy that transcends culture."
Steve from Blues Clues.
"Steve from Blue's clues."
Steve, the actor who played Steve on the kids show, just recently came back to social media and it absolutely blew up.
"Our national treasure, Danny DeVito."
"Danny DeVito is a beautiful human being. When the girl that played Matilda had her mom go through cancer treatments and she couldn't take care of her, Danny DeVito and his wife took her into their home and cared for her."
"It never fails to make me laugh that he plays such a monumental a**hole on always sunny, yet is universally loved."
"No but Danny Devito was the reason I didn’t kill myself. I also named my service cat after him 💕 he’s honestly such a good guy."
"True true true. Cuz he’s never gonna give you up."
"There's a channel on YouTube called I think tekkitrealm. A large portion of his content is Rick rolling people in the most creative ways, everyone. Celebrities, world leaders, Rick Astley himself. He has world records and Rick rolled Guinness book when they were trying to verify him."
"Here is a video of him Rick rolling YouTube users with a paid ad... it was actually very funny."
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
"Not sure how this isn't a top vote. Even for people that don't like his movies or acting in particular, I'd say they're generally aware of all the charity and stuff he gives away to deserving people, and has been completely scandal free as far as I know. Beyond that, he is always smiling and speaks in a way that people enjoy listening to, both his voice and manner of communicating. Highly likeable guy."
"Just me but has he made a mistake yet? If not, is he human?"
"Weird Al Yankovic, unless you ask Coolio."
"Now Coolio respects him and they have amicable relationship."
"The Bob Ross of music."
Aw, that's cute.
"You, the person reading this."
"Dude I have a list of people who hate me longer than the lines at Comic con in 2019."
Well, maybe it's not universally true.
Most of these suggestions had at least a few commenters who disagreed with them.
No one person can truly be universally liked.
But they can absolutely come close, and with that comes great responsibility.
Did they live up to it?
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The internet has recently realized what we've all known inside all along: that Keanu Reeves is too good for this world and one of the greatest stars Hollywood has to offer.
But as Keanu draws some extra internet attention, a surprising trend has come to people's attention! Keanu is always more than happy to take pictures with fans, but all of his pictures have something in common.
It turns out Keanu Reeves is a master practitioner of the "hoverhand."
Whenever he poses for pictures with women, Reeves hand can be clearly seen "hovering" behind them.
The pictures are far too common to be a coincidence.
Though the hoverhand used to be considered awkward, Facebook users couldn't help but love Keanu all the more for his reluctance to place his hand on the strangers he was posing with.
Even Twitter couldn't help but admire Keanu's respectful ways.
Lol Keanu ain’t taking no chances. 😂😂 https://t.co/nnfIOZKbT1— Kemoy Lindsay (@Kemoy Lindsay) 1560051914.0
Keanu Reeves hoverhand (patent pending) https://t.co/ZdcIkX33mn— Lauren (@Lauren) 1560177239.0
Keanu, lord of the Hoverhand https://t.co/9iMufGfNNG— Shyves 🌈 (@Shyves 🌈) 1560170880.0
When Keanu uses a hoverhand...he somehow makes it look good!
Only Keanu can hoverhand and make it look slick https://t.co/Xe9Pp0fsaS— RetroFutureRonin (@RetroFutureRonin) 1560115183.0
Keanu the only guy who can make a hoverhand look like a sign of respect. https://t.co/PjzakVuoNb— Irish Hatter (@Irish Hatter) 1560106835.0
@KemziLinzi Keanu actually manages to make #hoverhand look less dorky…— Daniel Touchet (@Daniel Touchet) 1560157318.0
The hoverhand has officially become cool again, thanks to America's finest living actor!
The Keanu Reeves hoverhand BOMBSHELL vindicates every gawky weeb afraid to touch a woman. The time to heal has finally come, boys.— Sans Sheriffs (@Sans Sheriffs) 1560164261.0
@KemziLinzi in 2019 the historical faux pas “hoverhand” becomes transformed into epic display of woman respect by the god keanu— crack a cold one with Du Bois (@crack a cold one with Du Bois) 1560134809.0
There is, however, one kind of lady Keanu will never keep his hands off of:
You keep doing what you're doing, Keanu, and we'll love you for it every step of the way.
Keanu Reeves Leads Stranded Plane Passengers On An Epic Road Trip Because He's Too Good For This World
Stranded 100 miles from where they needed to be, passengers on a United Airlines flight might have anticipated an aggravating journey home.
But the unexpected company of actor Keanu Reeves turned their road trip into a most excellent adventure.
Keanu Reeves might be the greatest argument in favor of human cloning. This man needs to be preserved for future generations.
On screen, Reeves might be your average international superstar, but off-screen he seems to be anything but. While most know the 54-year-old actor for his body of work, the legends surrounding real life encounters with the John Wick star are slowly outgrowing his Hollywood fame.
The latest involves a group of stranded airline passengers traveling from San Francisco to Burbank, California. When their United Airlines flight was diverted to Bakersfield for an emergency landing passengers were left stranded 100 miles from their destination.
Amidst the group of grounded travelers was Reeves, who, like everyone else, was now stuck in an empty Bakersfield airport looking for a way to get home.
But instead of being bothered by the delay or arranging private transport home, Reeves decided to make the most out of the situation and lead his fellow passengers on an epic road trip.
Even though it was Keanu, the story might have been too incredible to believe on it's own.
Fortunately fans were there to document the entire adventure.
When the plane was grounded, passengers found themselves in an empty Bakersfield airport 100 miles from Burbank.
So Reeves stepped up, talking with the airline and letting others now what was going on with their luggage and travel arrangements.
Many opted for a courtesy bus offered by the airline to take them on the last leg of the trip.
As everyone waited for the bus Keanu offered to take pictures with fans.
I mean, near death experience followed by fans annoying you for pictures. Doesn’t get much worse.— Amir Blum [Unboxed] (@Amir Blum [Unboxed]) 1553391346
During the bus ride back to Burbank, Keanu entertained his travel companions with facts about Bakersfield.
He then played music from local artists through Youtube on his phone.
At the end of their journey, Keanu said goodbye to his travel partners, saying it was a "pleasure to meet you."
Then this hero walked off alone to get some food at a Carl's Jr (insert sunset here).
@keanusgf celebrities, they're just like us! https://t.co/RCzeQkACyi— crysta timmerman (@crysta timmerman) 1553527001
The moral of the story?
If you are going to get stuck on a bus with anyone, make damn sure sure it's Keanu Reeves.
@keanusgf He should feel right at home on a bus https://t.co/Xb1uuRkjdi— 𝙴𝚍𝚠𝚊𝚛𝚍 𝚅𝚊𝚕𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚘 (@𝙴𝚍𝚠𝚊𝚛𝚍 𝚅𝚊𝚕𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚘) 1553525756
@keanusgf Stranded on a bus with Keanu Reeves? God I wish that were me.— jessica | tengen uzui's fourth wife (@jessica | tengen uzui's fourth wife) 1553497224
Had it been any other celebrity the implausible adventure might have been too wild to believe.
But the legends of Keanu's down-to-earth kindness and approachability seem to get bigger every year.
@keanusgf He donates most of his salary and rides the subway while in New York. One of a kind really. He’s excellen… https://t.co/t1T73hl7Zh— Paulina Plazas (@Paulina Plazas) 1553522887
@keanusgf HOW does this man get better every year. HOWWW?!!!— She 10 toes down for Democracy 💛🐝🦂 (@She 10 toes down for Democracy 💛🐝🦂) 1553553106
Forget about action heroes!
For his next movie, Keanu should be starring as himself!
And if you're in the mood for another excellent adventure with Keanu Reeves, you're in luck. Reeves and his co-star Alex Winters announced a sequel to the film that made Reeves a household name is in the works. The next Bill and Ted installment is set to debut in 2020!
One wouldn't think country music legend Dolly Parton and John Wick star Keanu Reeves have a lot in common, but it turns out they once wore the same outfit, years ago. For Halloween 1983, Reeves had a certain iconic look in mind: Parton's famous Playboy cover shoot.
Hanging out backstage before CBS' The Talk, Parton got a preview as to what the audience was about to hear.
She wrote in her post:
"A few weeks ago backstage at @thetalkcbs I got to reconnect with Keanu Reeves. I think he said something about wearing a pair of bunny ears that used to be mine? 😉 🐰"
Cooper Hefner sounded off on Twitter, confirming that Reeve's mother was working onset the day of Dolly's shoot, and that she had ended up with the outfit after everything was over. So it's true: Reeves wasn't just wearing an imitation, he was wearing the exact same set of clothes.
Keanu Reeves shares his story with the women of @TheTalkCBS about wearing Dolly Parton’s @Playboy Bunny outfit, a w… https://t.co/4gpsm73Phh— Cooper Hefner (@Cooper Hefner) 1547664700.0
Reeves told the story as well:
"I was in performing arts high school and Dolly Parton had done the cover of Playboy, and so she had the bunny outfit. I wore that for Halloween. Thank you Dolly! So I was on a streetcar in Toronto in 1983 wearing that, oh, and in stockings."
Unfortunately, Reeves claims there's "no evidence" from his time dressed as Dolly, but Twitter wished that wasn't the case:
@BBW_BFF Are there pics of that???— Aaron Stewart-Ahn (@Aaron Stewart-Ahn) 1547841545.0
@BBW_BFF @somebadideas I'm very mad and sad— The Kleiniest Guy (@The Kleiniest Guy) 1547853682.0
@BBW_BFF God I wish I could see photos of that.— Jacklyn 🥂 (@Jacklyn 🥂) 1547842298.0
@BBW_BFF I never knew how badly I wanted to see this until I saw it...— Tom Pajak (@Tom Pajak) 1547844784.0
With Parton and Reeves being two of the internet's favorite stars, this story was almost too much for many to handle:
@BBW_BFF My mum loves Dolly and Keanu both so much that she started crying when I showed her this.— Nym (@Nym) 1547891178.0
@BBW_BFF This dude is legitimately wonderful and sweet— Ed Zitron (@Ed Zitron) 1547867001.0
@BBW_BFF @oleivarrudi Subscribe to Keanu Reeves / Dolly Parton facts.— nadnal (@nadnal) 1547841551.0
The only way to improve the John Wick series is probably to have Keanu dressed in Dolly's Playboy outfit the whole time.
@BBW_BFF I would watch him play John Wick in a Playboy bunny costume.— Ray Plasse (@Ray Plasse) 1547855287.0
@BBW_BFF oh shit, that IS a fun fact— Meredith Borders (@Meredith Borders) 1547846157.0
@BBW_BFF @DanCasey Keanu Reeves is becoming one of my favorite people in the world.— Tony Meade (@Tony Meade) 1547849850.0
Fans never expected to see Dolly and Keanu spending so much time together, but they were beyond glad it happened.
@BBW_BFF Just when you thoight he couldn't possibly be more iconic— Benjamin Schouten (@Benjamin Schouten) 1547850590.0
@SpringsteenFanM Oooo, two of my “guilty pleasures” side by side!— Caryn Mathes (@Caryn Mathes) 1547871987.0
@SpringsteenFanM The world is blessed by this picture.— Crystal of House Hufflepuff (@Crystal of House Hufflepuff) 1547903873.0
Reeves also continues to mystify with his apparently ageless body.
@SpringsteenFanM @felicityloughre It’s so rare to get photographic proof of immortality, yet here we are!— Adam Corney (@Adam Corney) 1547941338.0
@justinkirkland4 https://t.co/u9SmRCwoYa— Brad Kroft (@Brad Kroft) 1547912773.0
Though he sadly won't be wearing his bunny ears, you catch Keanu Reeves in the upcoming John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum.
John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019 Movie) Official Trailer – Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry youtu.be
Don't miss it!
John Wick 3: I'm there.— Skip Bayless (@Skip Bayless) 1548019350.0
Welcome to the John Wick book club! 📚👊 #JohnWick3 https://t.co/7WrSvikA6U— John Wick (@John Wick) 1548006695.0
My man's got this friend named Chad. Chad isn't his real name, but that's what we're going with for this article. Chad is in a relationship that is ... well ... there's a reason Facebook had to come up with the "it's complicated" status. Nobody is happy, they often go out of their way to avoid one another or are forcing performative affection for the 'gram. One night, Chad decided he was going to hide from LadyChad and told her he couldn't see her because he was spending time with us. He then made up a whole elaborate story about drinking wine (which he doesn't normally do) and overdoing it because he really liked it.
Thing is, Chad never told US that he used us as a ridiculously specific cover story.
So imagine my surprise when I get a message from LadyChad on Instagram (not an app I'm terribly active on as far as messaging and I have literally never spoken a single word to LadyChad at this point) asking what kind of wine I had given Chad because she wanted to go out and purchase several bottles.
Um ... what? So there I am awkwardly staring at my phone already having responded to her "hi" so I can't just ghost the girl. She knows I've read her messages and am actively on my phone. Chad doesn't really talk to me, so I have no idea how I got roped into this, and I'm looking around like "WHAT DO I DO!?!?!"
Babe later assured me this is the sort of thing Chad did to him all the time and LadyChad was probably well aware that he was lying. Still, I didn't appreciate getting sucked into some elaborate Chad-scheme. If you're going to do that to people, you have to give them a heads up! One Reddit user asked:
... apparently the world is FULL of Chads. Get it together, guys. Stop being Chads. Here are some of my favorite responses - edited for clarity when needed. Enjoy the cringefest!