Time Person of the Year 2012 is Kim Jong Un of North Korea, based on readers’ pollsBy Angel Cuala on Dec 15, 2012 in Lifestyle, World •
Updated: December 19, 2012 11:00 p.m.
The so-called Time Person of the Year for 2012 is Kim Jong Un, current leader of North Korea, based on their reader’s polls. However, Time magazine emphasized that it does not follow that he will be their official Person of the Year 2012, which will be formally announced on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at NBC‘s Today Show.
Kim Jong Un on Time magazine cover
Image Credit: Time.com
As noted at Time.com on Thursday, December 13, Kim Jong Un won the votes of their readers to be the Person of the Year this year, garnering 97.61% or around 5.6 million votes. He has been duped by The Onion report, a satirical newspaper, naming him as the ‘Sexiest Man Alive for 2012’ last month.
“While we don’t make our selection based on the poll results, it’s always interesting to see where some of our preferred candidates end up.” Time magazine executive editor Radhika Jones was quoted in the report in a recent interview, with Kim Jong Un being featured in their cover story last February.
Meanwhile, among those included in the Top 10 via Time‘s readers polls are ‘The Daily Show’ funny man Jon Stewart, Undocumented Immigrants, Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas, Burmese leaders Aung San Suu Kyi and Thein Sein, Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
Interestingly, South Korean rapper superstar Psy, who created and sang the worldwide phenomenal hit ‘Gangnam Style,’ which is now the most-watched video in YouTube history, beating Justin Bieber‘s ‘Baby’ music video, landed on the 17th spot on Time’s readers polls.
Last year, an unusual choice of Time Person of the Year was made, which went to an unknown protester, whose face covered except for the eyes. He was simply called The Protester and had the tagline, “from the Arab springs to Athens, from Occupy Wall Street to Moscow.”
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