Protesters, political figures, popes, game changers… Kim Kardashian?
The polls are up for Time magazine’s annual Person of the Year award and, while many of the nominees are not out of the ordinary, the classic periodical has included a few head-turners in the form of Taylor Swift, Beyoncé Knowles and Kim Kardashian.
Over the past 10 years, the title has mostly gone to presidents and other important political figures, with the exception of Facebook creator, Mark Zuckerberg, who, let’s face it, changed life as we know it. Last year, the honor was bestowed on Pope Francis, a man who likely has little in common with Swift, Knowles or Kardashian.
While Swift and Knowles seem like slightly questionable choices, at least they have had some monumental events go down in 2014. Swift is, after all, breaking records with her new album and taking on the industry of free music streaming, while Beyoncé may have, arguably, pulled off a PR stunt for the ages.
But what has Kardashian done? Sell some wedding photos? Pose totally nude? Try to #breaktheinternet? We’re just not sure what Time is thinking by throwing her name in the hat. Unless, of course, they are impressed by her number of Twitter followers.
You guys are gonna die!!!!!!! Mocking Jay was soooooooo good!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/eLKYolxBUq
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) November 20, 2014
Kardashian, Swift and Knowles have some stiff competition in Tom Frieden, the man leading the fight against Ebola stateside and in West Africa; Malala Yousafzai, the youngest person to ever become a Nobel laureate; the missing Boko Haram girls and about 50 others, according to Time. Yousafzai, who is just 17 years old, is the current front-runner, but in a world where one can skyrocket to fame solely from appearing in an allegedly leaked sex tape, anything can happen.
I love Beyoncé and Taylor Swift as much as the next person, but if these three are really in the running for Person of the Year, it’s not a good sign for our Time.