Should Miley Cyrus be named Time’s Person of the Year 2013?

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus is up to her usual attention grabbing tricks, y’all. The above screencap comes from a promo video for Love magazine. Miley is wearing reindeer ears and an orange, bowl-shaped wig that is pure awfulness. I’d actually discourage you from watching the video itself, which is full of weird, purposefully pixellated imagery. There’s also a drawn-on wang on Miley’s underpants, which she gleefully flashes. Some of the screen gets blurred, so she might be flashing more than just panties. I don’t know. All I can tell you is that nothing can be gained by watching this vid. If you insist, the video is NSFW and can be found here. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Now here’s a real horror story. Kaiser mentioned this in Friday’s links, but I couldn’t resist opening up the topic to discussion in a full post. Time magazine is currently running an internet poll for their Person of the Year, and Miley is in the lead. Seriously. If they were asking for “attention grabber” of the year, this would make sense. But Person of the Year should be a title reserved for someone who truly makes a difference — not a Disney queen who decided to grab all the headlines by sticking out her tongue and twerking it up. Right? Not even Vogue will put up with this sh-t for their cover, so Time would be crazy to give the title to Miley.

There is still hope. Online voting ends Dec. 4. Miley is leading with 22% of the vote, and she is trailed most closely by [Prime Minister of Turkey] RecepTayyip Erdogan (18.3%) and [Egyptian General] Abdel Fatah El-Sisi. Time is also making its decision based upon a super-secret reader poll and will announce the final decision on Dec. 11. I have a feeling that no matter what happens, they’ll go with Miley simply because she’ll grab the most publicity.

There’s also a small story in this week’s issue of the Enquirer about Miley heading into a Manhattan restaurant called Print. Oddly enough, I’ve been to this place in 2010 when I went to watch someone run in the NYC marathon. The eatery is very overpriced like all things in New York, and I vividly remember seeing an $8 glass of freshly-squeezed OJ on the menu.

Anyway, Miley supposedly popped into Print with a male friend (probably Cheyne Thomas) and ordered only water. Then they “kept hooting and hollering, holding up their cell phones and making a racket.” When a customer complained, Miley went over and apologized to the couple, posed for some pictures, and then learned they were celebrating an anniversary. So Miley paid their bill. That’s pretty decent of her, right? She’s still not worthy of being Time’s person of the year.

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus

Photos courtesy of Love magazine, Fame/Flynet & WENN

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  1. Anna says:

    She’s up against people like Malala and Wendy Davis, I have nooo clue how Miley would win. (Except for more publicity of course). But Malala’s had a wayyyy bigger (and more positive) impact on the world

    • Dani2 says:

      Right? I don’t mind Miley’s attention-whoring, and money-making antics, I’m really over it now, I think her entire team deserve a raise cuz they’ve so perfectly executed a great comeback for her However, next to Malala, Miley doesn’t even matter in terms of how much good she’s doing in the world – and before those people who think she’s a champion for the cause of feminism chime in – she’s really not, this is all about marketing for her, it’s all about getting buzz on the internet and in the magazines and selling records. She does not deserve Person of The Year for that.

    • Gossy says:

      Ugh. I admire Malala but she should not be Person of the Year. I’m not blaming her because it’s the media doing this and Malala herself has stated she doesn’t care crap about honors/awards/titles, but Malala does not deserve the HUGE, HUGE amount of praise that’s been heaped on her.

      Of course she deserves praise, but there’s been tens of people who have done way more than her in positively impacting the world throughout their lives (never been named person of the year) and who have done more in 2013 as well.

      It’s like when the stupid Twitter users were outraged she wasn’t given the Nobel Peace Prize this year, which I thought “thank god for that…finally they made the right decision by not giving it to her simply because she has the most publicity/good feelings towards her”.

      • Dani2 says:

        @Gossy The girl was shot in the head and neck because she stood up for what was right, who in your opinion deserves it then? I bet Wendy Davis doesn’t qualify either.

      • littlestar says:

        Are you kidding? Malala does deserve the praise she gets because she’s still working hard at helping women and children receive education and rights!

        Anyway, as for Miley paying for the couple’s dinner – as much flack as we all give her, there’s never been a single story that I can recall about her treating non-famous people/her staff poorly. And who knows, maybe if she does win Person of the Year, the article will be about what’s wrong with our culture (ie. twerking).

      • mojoman says:

        Uh Gossy, so let me get this straight: Malala who had been shot in the head, terrorized and intimidated for standing up for women’s right for education and freedom of speech, DOES NOT deserve the award because she does not create an impact throughout the world? but miley who twerks, show tongue and lewd gestures while claiming she is all for feminism DOES deserve an acknowledgement? wow!!

      • Leila In Wunderland says:

        @littlestar: That’s true. Even though Miley’s immature and has her SpongeBob-ripped-his-pants-again attention-seeking thing going on, she does have a reputation for being nice. almost everyone who has met her and talked about it describes her as a nice person or a cool person, whether they’re mega-stars or not.
        @mojoman: I know, right? As much as I admire and defend Miley for not being afraid to do as she pleases with her physical appearance and cross society’s lines when it comes to ‘Being A Lady’, and as much as I like the fact that her antics and clothing choices have generated some important discussions in our culture, there’s no way she should be getting this title instead of Malala. She braved the wrath of misogynistic extremists for girls and education for them. I felt that she deserved the nobel peace prize.

      • SuSu says:

        I admire Malala too and Gossy is right. Malala is widely created by the media. The west wants to save this little girl from all the “bad brown men” in her “bad country”. The media makes her a symbol and that´s not good for her.
        People like to show her around like a circus pony!!! Talkshows, Interviews, Award shows etc. Everyone wants a slice of her.
        Malala wants to make a different but people only look at her and “ohh sweet little foreign muslim girl”. Give her some space, let her go to school. She doesn´t want all the prizes. Let her carry on with her work and take her serious. I´m sure she´ll make her way.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        Susu, it isn’t simply that she was shot by “bad brown men”. Did you forget what caused her to be targeted? Gossy, do you thnk she was simply sitting on a bus and shot? No! She was targeted because she SPOKE OUT about education. She didn’t get shot and then start speaking out about the need for education. Her activism was incredibly brave and powerful even before she became a target. That is WHY she became a target!

        “The west” doesn’t see this girl as a passive victim, which is how you are framing her. We see her as someone brave enough to buck the norm and work for incredibly important changes despite the danger and risk that comes with it.

      • Dani2 says:

        @Susu I don’t understand your comment at all. The world shouldn’t pay attention to something heroic and genuinely positive? People like Lindsay Lohan and the Kardashians get rewarded for poor decisions but this young girl who is a symbol of hope for many shouldn’t be heralded for persevering in the face of adversity? Girl, bye.

      • Nina W says:

        It has much more to do with gender than race or religion. As a woman I feel nothing but sympathy for such a brave woman who was so heinously attacked. Her attackers were men, I have no doubt. You assume race or religion matters here Susu and that just isn’t so. As for your comment Gossy, I think you are missing what supporters of Malala wish to convey, that her message is much more meaningful and important to the world than Miley and all her vapid nonsense.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I don’t thnk you have to worry. The online poll is just for fun, it has no impact on the actual list or person of the year. They have the main list, but that is also broken down into areas (entertainers, politicians, humanitarians, etc). I think Gaga won the online poll a couple years, but the celebs end up on the “entertainer” portion of the list.

  2. Jules says:

    Like anyone cares about who’s on the cover of Time?

  3. blue marie says:

    She definitely made an impact this year but I don’t think it’s worthy of the Time cover/distinction. I don’t think it should be open for celebrities, but that’s just me.

    • Anna says:

      I’m just enjoying the fact that it comes on the heels of Forbes(?) naming her the LEAST influential person of the year. Oh, media establishment…

      • Andrea says:

        And frankly I can’t even get on board with that shot from Forbes because the mere fact that we are still talking about her shows that she made an impact. Like it or not. Love her or hate her. People are talking about her and debating her.

      • blue marie says:

        Wasn’t it GQ or am I confusing another list? There are so many at the end of the year that it’s hard to keep up.

      • Anna says:

        Quite possibly GQ – thus my (?). It’s called ‘too lazy to Google’

      • Nina W says:

        Andrea you seem to suggest that “being talked about” is some great accomplishment for Miley, I suppose in her world it is but the truth is she is widely derided and reviled and frankly no good will come from this level of over-exposure. And what great debate has she sparked? The big discussion of who should or should not twerk? The relative importance of junk in the trunk? The creepiness of her teddy bear costumes? You over-estimate her impact and frankly her attraction. She’s damn boring to most of us. If Forbes piles on, you can hardly be surprised, she’s begging for attention from any and all camps.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      ITA, ladies…How’s the turkey hangover, BM?

      That being said, I think it’s cool that she went over and personally apologized to that couple she was bothering. It shows a level of self-awareness and maturity, two qualities that I don’t usually associate with Cyrus.

      • blue marie says:

        Yeah, she gets points for acting decent, not something I’m used to saying either. Although I bet that is more like her (decent part), when she’s not attention grabbing anyway.

        And it was good, the best/worst thing about turkey is that there’s just so freaking much, I’ll be eating leftovers for a while. How was yours?

      • Kiddo says:

        Who the hell orders ONLY water in a restaurant? What about buying a bottle in a bodega or convenience store? I would think most people would get their asses kicked to the curb for wasting table space to sit for water.

        That said, at least she apologized, and it was kind of her to pay for the meal.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        Pretty sure the free publicity that Print gets from having Miley at one of their tables is worth infinitely more than some free water and wasted table space.
        But yeah, I get your point.

        @Marie-I know..I think I ate my body weight in turkey this weekend. I also bought a small turkey on Saturday to throw in the freezer. I need a break from that sh*t, but couldn’t resist the $7 price tag.

      • Kiddo says:

        The O’ Kitten, everyone will think they serve great water? lol

  4. T.C. says:

    Of course not. That poll on is not how they pick their person of the year.

  5. Jacqueline says:

    Remember when her biggest scandal was a bare-back Leibowitz photo? I miss those days.

    I think Time will be sacrificing a big chunk of their credibility on this one.

  6. Tapioca says:

    Why not? I’m bored of people with major achievements (good, bad and spectacularly inhumane) always winning the accolade!

    I would have thought they would have gone with Bashar Al-Assad, given that we were balancing on the edge of World War 3 thanks to the US/Europe vs. Russia/China stand-off over Syria, but I’ve never been too good at surfing the cultural zeitgeist.

    Maybe they’ll have this populist vote just to show the power of the Internet. Then give the real award to Tim Berners-Lee for inventing it?

  7. Erinn says:

    Regardless of whether you like her or not, she’s been a huge headline getter. We’ve only been adding to this by talking about her so much. It really wouldn’t surprise me if she got the title, and really, at the end of the day, who cares?

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      Yeah this is how I feel…I refuse to get upset about this.

    • Kiddo says:

      I think she should get person of the year on People, Rolling Stone, The National Enquirer, and so on, but if she makes the cover of Time, it will represent the most pathetic desperate plea for the magazine to gain attention. We’ve had government shut-downs, wonky healthcare sites, massive spying, ongoing wars, and continued loss of rights in this country and others. If they do it, some other publication should simply have a photo of journalism circling the drain in a toilet, with Time magazine on a roll as butt wipes.

      How about Snowden or Greenwald? Nah, some chick with a tongue sticking out changed the world.

    • drea says:

      See, that’s the thing. What does Time “Person of the Year” even really mean anymore?

      Honestly, in what sane world would you put any of these people in the same pot? What criteria do they even share, apart from a measure of fame? So what are we really talking about here? Controversy vs contribution? Real world impact vs generated media heat? And then this whole polling thing just makes it sound like another “who has the most fans with the most amount of free time” contest. I give up.

  8. Syko says:

    Somebody please cut off her tongue.

  9. Heather says:


  10. poppy says:

    give it to her. it will be one more thing she’ll have to cringe about when she reaches an age where she doesn’t want her tongue or labia the center of attention and tries to base her career on talent as opposed to stunts.
    well, that’s assuming she’ll ever mature enough to be circumspect.
    and yeah, what Jules said.

  11. eliza says:

    Time hasn’t been relevant in years and the print mag contains about 4 pages these days.

    If Time is now on par with People, Star and OutOfTouch, then by all means, do have her as douche bag of the year.

  12. Luca26 says:

    She won’t be… Time is just trolling.

  13. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    Can I get a hell no…

  14. amr says:

    And Kim Jong Un won the people’s choice last year. I don’t get the point of this article when the link that was posted on this site mentioned the hacking of the voting system.

  15. Kim says:

    Time ‘s editors vote for POY.Miley is leading in the Readers Poll.The winner of Reader’s poll is not the person who is featured on cover as POY.

  16. Hateonit. says:

    I’m just going to post this link and then see if anyone still wants to vote for her

  17. ParisPucker says:

    Is the the Onion or Celebitchy??

  18. Kate says:

    Miley…nope but that unscraped disgusting tongue of hers….maybe

  19. guest says:

    is this just trolling or did you miss the last paragraph of the blog you’re referencing?

  20. Macey says:

    can we please go back to blocking out her tongue? My gawd Ive never been so grossed out and disgusted by a tongue before but her constant sticking that nasty thing out is truly grossing me out.

  21. marina says:

    If Time wants to lose what little credibility they have left as a news magazine then by all means name this attention wh0re Person of the Year. Sure, why not? Go for it.

  22. Nycboots says:

    Not unless it’s the end of the world as we know it.

  23. shellybean says:

    Please, just NO. The only thing she’s contributed to society is twerking, getting it on with large stuffed animals, “sexy babies”, and her lizard tongue. So, nothing of value.

  24. BeckyR says:

    I could care less if TIME mag puts Miley or Peter Pan on the cover. That rag lost its credibility years and years ago.

  25. MissNostalgia says:

    Sure…why not? Her tongue should be the runner-up.

  26. Mel says:

    Why not go all the way and proclaim her TONGUE the “person” of the year?
    Time magazine has become a joke, anyway.

  27. mkyarwood says:

    I like that she’s ‘decent’ to the public, but no. Seriously, just no. How can Malala not even be considered!? As for Americans, where are the nominations for female senators who really did their jobs this year? Or how about an actual, regular human being who just makes people happy?

  28. Skye says:

    This is such a desperate, transparent attempt by Time to grab some “youth culture” and cling to relevance… just like their “Person of the Year: YOU!” cover, when they made their grandchildren show them how YouTube works. It’s like watching your Aunt Betty burn the stuffing because she was busy twerking: it’s not your thing, and now your thing is ruined because you were busy doing someone else’s. STOP IT, Time. Be old. Be serious. Be respectable. Take off the clear heels.


  29. Dommy Dearest says:

    The only thing Miley has done is raise squat awareness.

  30. Dash says:

    She’s only coming first in the Time poll because she has a teenage fan base that loves voting for her. The others don’t. If Harry Styles was on the list he would probably be winning. It doesn’t mean anything.

  31. MonkSolo says:

    This is why people shouldn’t marry when they are too closely related

  32. drea says:

    Miley as Person of the Year? For what? “Shocking” us by showing everything but the inside of her vagina?

    If Time gives this to her, then we, as a society, have failed. Again.

  33. Flora Kitty says:

    No, Malala Yousafzai should be.

  34. Brickyard Ute says:

    I thought it was confirmed the voting system was hacked?

  35. Goddess says:

    I don’t usually cuss, but; F*CK NO.
    Team Malala. :-)

  36. Phew says:

    She is no longer leading…two candidates (Turkey/Egypt) have passed her. Thank you baby Jesus

  37. dadada says:

    Very few sites covering this actually understand he story. The Time’s POTY isn’t decided by the public vote, it’s decided by who has had most influence on the news that year, and this certainly isn’t Miley. The public vote is a side thing.

    Second to that, Miley is winning because (as with every other year there has been a public vote) it is being rigged, for fun, by hackers

    So, Miley is neither the POTY, nor has she she got that much public vote. So everyone can calm down and be happy that it’s almost certainly going to be Ed Snowden :)