Will Time name Miley Cyrus its 2013 Person of the Year?
We don’t know for sure, but … No. The magazine almost certainly won’t.
The Queen of Twerk might win, however, Time‘s Person of the Year online reader poll.
After a week of polling, Miley is currently the far-and-away favorite, with 29 percent of the vote (Time‘s actual Person of the Year is decided by the magazine’s editors, and everybody knows Time editors are Ke$ha fans).
In the poll, Miley is way ahead of NSA leaker Edward Snowden (9.4 percent), firmly beating Russian President Vladimir Putin (4.4 percent) and utterly taking a wrecking ball to Pope Francis (1.1 percent). As for our own President Obama (0.8 percent), he might want to avoid looking at this poll altogether — or try dry-humping teddy bears while half naked on an awards show to improve his ranking.
One hacker group claims they managed to rig the poll this year in Miley’s favor, despite the survey requiring voters to login with their Twitter or Facebook accounts. Cracking the poll apparently is something of an annual hacker tradition (Snowden might approve, if he wasn’t losing).
There’s still another week of voting left, so these percentages can and will change. And though it’s called a “reader poll,” the survey is not restricted to the magazine’s subscribers, so one does wonder how many of these Miley voters are actually receiving copies of Time each week. A few EW reader favorites are on the nomination list, too, including Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan (who really shouldn’t win either, but I’d still rather Vince get this than, say, Kathleen Sebelius).
Keep in mind that contrary to its honorary-sounding title, Person of the Year is the man or woman who most influenced the news, for better or worse, not necessarily who was the finest all-around achiever (Hitler “won” it in 1938, back when the title was still called Man of the Year, before women were apparently newsworthy).
Check out Time‘s full gallery of nominees here. Can anybody stop Miley?