December 11, 2013 Leave a comment
The shortlist for Person of the Year at TIME Magazine has been released with only a day left before the winner is announced. The prestigious recognition is awarded to one individual who vastly influenced the news–for better or worse. President Barack Obama snagged the title in 2008 and 2012. Obama could very well be on the way to claiming the title a third time (as he is the only name from last year’s list to be on the current list), which would be the second time an individual has been named TIME Person of the Year–Franklin D. Roosevelt is currently the only person to have been named to the magazine’s title three times.
Let’s take a look at the list.
- Bashar Assad, President of Syria
- Jeff Bezos, Amazon Founder
- Ted Cruz, Texas Senator
- Miley Cyrus, Singer
- Pope Francis, Leader of the Catholic Church
- Barack Obama, President of the United States
- Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran
- Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services
- Edward Snowden, N.S.A. Leaker
- Edith Windsor, Gay rights activist
Surprising names on the list? Miley Cyrus and Pope Francis. Miley is perhaps most surprising, but still understandable given her influence in the news due to her performance choices (that’s putting it lightly) this past year at the VMA and chart topping singles like “We Can’t Stop” and “Wrecking Ball.” ThinkProgress recently posted an article about why Miley should win the title, citing her ability to create incredibly inspired and important conversations about the state of our culture, most of which were extremely complex and revolved around racial insensitivity and “slut-shaming.” In essense, Miley shoved a mirror into the American public’s hand and forced us to take a good, long look at ourselves.
Who do you think should be TIME Person of the Year?