TIME Magazine Asks Readers Whether Kim Kardashian Or Kanye West Should Be ‘Person Of The Year’

Each year TIME magazine chooses a person who – for better or worse – had an out-sized role in defining the moment. Sometimes the choice has had a negative impact (Hitler in 1938), or a positive one (Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932), and sometimes they aren’t an individual but an idea that speaks to a cultural touchstone (as with their choice for “The Protester” in 2011).

This time around, TIME decided they might try to deviate a bit from those conventions. In a choice that would probably make previous “People of the Year” take the credit off their resume, the magazine has narrowed down the options to a few head scratching choices. They tweeted a question to their followers: Who should be Person of the Year? Kanye West or Kim Kardashian.


At first it may seem like Time’s twitter account was hacked, but apparently this was a sincere question. Following the link to their webpage, TIME really does ask which of the two celebrities readers think should be 2014’s pick. Fortunately, the magazine claims that the poll is just for fun and that staff editors will make the real choice.

TIME’s editors will choose the Person of the Year, but that doesn’t mean readers shouldn’t have their say. Cast your vote for the person you think most influenced the news this year for better or worse. Here you’ll find some of the year’s most provocative newsmakers paired head-to-head with similar movers and shakers.

In the magazine’s defense, they also have other pairings – including much more, shall we say, important options like Vladimir Putin, Barack Obama, Malala Yousafzai, the Koch brothers. But instead of those, they chose to tweet about “Kimye” – it was a decision they probably instantly regretted. Absolute no one was pleased.

And perhaps the one that should bring the most embarrassment to TIME:

We’ll have to wait and see if TIME’s editors listen to the resounding “neither” or decide that a picture of Kim Kardashian’s butt that (almost) #broketheinternet is really worthy of being called the year’s most important person.