Not everyone can be Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” and you know what? That’s okay. Because some of these winners were losers.
To be fair, the title doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re well liked, or even if you’re a good person, it just means you’ve had a huge impact over the course of the year and for years to come – for good or bad.
Since 1927 Time Magazine has picked some controversial people as its “Person of the Year” – some genuine monsters and some complete jokes. Here are some of the worst:
Seriously? Need we explain why Hitler is a horrible person?
Not once, but twice did Time honor this genocidal maniac. He killed more than 40 million people during his reign over the Soviet Union. Need we say more?
George W. Bush
Like Stalin, Bush got name-checked twice by Time. First after the Supreme Court chose him as the winner of the 2000 Presidential Election, and second for his success in convincing the U.S. public to re-elect him for a second term. While not in the same league as Stalin, Bush dragged the country in two wars, allowed the torture of prisoners of war by the CIA, and instituted unprecedented surveillance laws under the Patriot Act. He also mispronounced “nuclear”.
The part-time President of Russia and full-time he-man was Time’s 2007 “Person of the Year” for his “sharp vision of what Russia should become.” An oligarchy pretty much run by a tyrant. Or as Time put it: “(Putin) is not a democrat in any way that the West would define it. He is not a paragon of free speech. He stands, above all, for stability—stability before freedom, stability before choice, stability in a country that has hardly seen it for a hundred years.”
So glad to see the Ebola Fighters in such good company.