If any of you have been watching the TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year polling, you would have noticed that Miley Cyrus was at a mind-blowing vote-count. Standing at the top and twerking at the bottom nominee’s names, Cyrus being labeled the Person of the Year would have been the biggest mistake TIME could have ever made.
Cyrus was in the running against the likes of Pope Francis (the winner), Edward Snowden, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, President Barack Obama, and Malala Yousafzai. According to the Huffington Post UK, some at TIME Magazine are embarrassed that they didn’t have Beyoncé in the running after her secret album’s release. I honestly hope the comments made by staff were just sick jokes.
In 2013, Beyoncé recorded a secret album, attended lavish events, and celebrated her daughter’s first birthday by gifting Blue Ivy a $80,000 diamond encrusted Barbie. Jay-Z and Lady B also went all-out with a customized nursery, one that cost a reported $1 million. You know, things that qualifies a person to be in the running for the Person of the Year (kind of like Miley but without the semi-nude twerking).
In 2013, Pope Francis became the first non-European pope in more than 1,000 years. He refused the lavish styling of past popes and donned simple garb. He constantly and consistently spread the message of love and acceptance whenever he spoke. He inspired everyone and treated men and women equally, regardless of faith.
I thank the powers-that-be for not having Miley win the Person of the Year award. I am embarrassed for the unnamed staff of TIME for even thinking that Beyoncé should have been in the running.
Here’s to hoping 2014 will be less consumed with pop culture and fame-obsessed celebrities who think publicity stunts will make up for their lack of actual talent.