It’s that time of year again, that special time when People magazine announces who they have chosen as the Sexiest Man Alive for the year. But prepare yourself, because People‘s choice is going to inspire strong feelings within you one way or another, and you may find yourself in good company if you happen to strongly dislike People‘s choice.
On Tuesday evening, it was announced that Blake Shelton is People‘s Sexiest Man Alive 2017. That’s right. The country crooner who likes to mess around with The Voice co-judge Adam Levine and date the heck out of his other Voice co-judge Gwen Stefani. That Blake Shelton.
Shelton couldn’t contain his excitement at earning the coveted pop-culture superlative. In fact, in his People profile for the Sexiest Man announcement, he joked that he “can’t wait to shove this up Adam’s ass,” going on to say, “As proud as I am and honored that you guys asked me, that’s really the only thing I care about.”
He also took a moment to remark how Stefani was encouraging him to totally live in the moment and get pumped about being the Sexiest Man Alive. “She goes, ‘Listen to me, you’re going to regret this for the rest of your life if you don’t take this gift and just live in the moment,” he told People.
👀🔥😍 @BlakeShelton is this year's #SexiestManAlive! And most importantly, he 'can't wait' to stick it to his fellow #TheVoice judge (and former SMA) @AdamLevine. 😂 https://t.co/LtQ2q8QSkU pic.twitter.com/g7IilIXzxA
— People (@people) November 15, 2017
So, it’s all well and good that Shelton and Stefani are pleased with this news, but what about the rest of us?
If you, like the writer of this news and, well, the entire damn internet are scratching your head, your confusion isn’t entirely unfounded. Listen, we all know beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so we can’t harsh too much on the choice. However, with previous Sexiest Men alum Brad Pitt, Ryan Reynolds, Channing Tatum and Chris Hemsworth and notable 2016 choice Dwayne Johnson as the precedent, there’s something that feels a bit, well, off about Shelton, right? No? Just me?
Turns out, it’s not just me. Many folks on Twitter (this is just one tiny, tiny portion of the reactions, fam) feel like there were plenty of other choices for Sexiest Man Alive — and they didn’t waste time making their feelings known.
Like let’s make a list of every man sexier than Blake Shelton.
1. Oscar Isaac
2. Taika Waititi
3. Jake Gyllenhaal
785. The ghost of Abe Vigoda
786. The Incredible Mr. Limpet, like as a fish
787. Blake Shelton
— Courtney Enlow (@courtenlow) November 15, 2017
Trying to find the 'sexy' in him pic.twitter.com/DTFPDNqDY1
— Nathan (@thestrippedzone) November 15, 2017
I can think of 100 people a lot sexier than Blake Shelton. pic.twitter.com/aLxDAV5tD7
— Roberta (@Rob_cacci) November 15, 2017
Oh good, another white, heterosexual, cisgender male. I was worried they would be underrepresented again.
— Jason Kurth (@JasonKurth) November 15, 2017
— Kevin Schwaller (@kevschwa) November 15, 2017
Damn literally just about every other male celeb/musician/athlete must’ve just died then if this dude is the sexiest man alive. RIP to them
— Joe Skawlee (@SCOLLislife) November 15, 2017
Of course, it wasn’t a total pile-on — just a lot of people with questions, concerns and strong emotions. But while it seemed like most folks were not excited by news of Shelton’s newfound status as the Sexiest Man Alive, there were some who reacted pleasantly.
— Sarah Di Lorenzo (@sardilorenzo) November 15, 2017
WOW!!!!!!! You really are THE SEXIEST MAN ALIVE with the most loving heart!!!!!
— SHEFANI❤️TRUE LOVE (@SG_BlakeandGwen) November 15, 2017
You have officially made it
— Doreen (@blakeishotaf) November 15, 2017
No doubt about it, @people got it right. Accept the truth you sexy 🤠❣Congratulations Blake, we love you💖💖 I know Queen 👑 G, the boys & your family are so proud of you, your fans sure are ☺Thank you for being our King 👑 of Country & a wonderful man, U deserve the best👏👏👍
— MomonthemoveOKC (@AngelaBOKC) November 15, 2017
So, I guess the big question is: Does Shelton deserve to be People‘s Sexiest Man Alive for 2017? I’ll leave that decision up to you. Something tells me you know the right answer.