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    15 People Shed Light On The Historical Figures They Feel Are Too Idolized Today

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    Recently, Reddit user u/peppers_mom asked people to share which historical figures they felt were overrated. Here were some of their interesting responses:

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    1. "King Tutankhamun. He is the most well-known pharaoh, but he hardly accomplished anything before he died at age 19. He's only famous because of the amount of treasure that was found in his tomb."

    King Tut's burial mask
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    2. "Paul Revere. He gets almost all the credit for warning of the British invasion, even though he was one of five riders. Reverve was important to American history, but his claim to fame is overrated."

    A sketch of Paul Revere riding on his horse and waving a whip
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    3. "Steve Jobs and other famous scientists like Elon Musk. They claim they do all the heavy-lifting, but in reality, they have other capable scientists pitch and create innovative products."

    Steve Jobs presenting a new product at a keynote event
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    4. "Princess Diana. She wasn't a bad person — in the context of the British royal family, she was special for how she connected with the public. However, it’s weird how she's almost treated like a saint. The Diana obsession is out of proportion to the reality of who she was."

    Diana wearing a hat during a visit to Canada
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    5. "Thomas Edison. He didn't really invent anything — his hired team did." The electric light bulb already existed, but Edison had his team test 6,000 materials to create a more practical bulb for homes.

    Thomas Edison standing next to his first successful lamp
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    6. "John F. Kennedy. Theodore Sorensen secretly wrote Profiles in Courage for him and Kennedy took the credit and the Pulitzer Prize for it. Were it not for the fact he had a tragic death, I doubt he would have been as highly regarded."

    Kennedy giving a speech
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    7. "Gandhi. If you look into his life, he did some really weird things like sleep next to young girls to test his chastity."

    Gandhi laughing with his granddaughters
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    8. "John Wayne. He literally acts the same in every movie with his monotone voice. Plus, he always plays a cowboy or Marine."

    John Wayne in character as Cole Thorton in the western movie El Dorado
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    9. "Winston Churchill. He's eulogized in the UK, but he was a casual racist. He was also responsible for sending the Black and Tans into Ireland and his policies caused the Bengal famine in India."

    Winston Churchill holding up a V with his fingers and smoking a cigar
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    10. "Nelson Mandela. I know people from other countries revere him, but as a South African, I feel differently. All he did was spend years in jail and become president AFTER apartheid ended. I still think he’s a great person, but he's overrated."

    Nelson Mandela raising his fist in the air
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    11. "Elvis. He got famous by playing other people's music, and his only notable claim to fame is that he was a good-looking white guy."

    Elvis playing guitar on stage
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    12. "Led Zeppelin. They stole many songs from lesser-known artists. Sure, they were talented performers, but that’s it."

    The band at the premiere of Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day
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    13. "Christopher Columbus, how do you give credit to a guy for discovering North America, a land that people had already discovered and inhabited years prior?"

    A portrait of Columbus wearing a hat
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    14. "The Beatles. I know a lot of people are obsessed with them, but in my opinion, their music isn't that great even for its time period."

    The Beatles on the set of a TV show
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    15. "Martin Luther King Jr. He deserves tremendous accolades, but it seems like he gets disproportionate credit for civil rights in the US. There were many others involved in the fight for civil rights who don't get due credit."

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    Do you agree that these figures are overrated? Let us know in the comments!

    Note: Some responses have been edited for length and clarity.