With the new year just over a month away, Time magazine has announced its 40 nominees for the annual Person of the Year Award.
The list includes some very serious candidates like Barack Obama and Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, along with some not so serious ones, like E.L. James, author of 50 Shades of Grey, and PSY, the Korean rapper with over 830 million hits YouTube for his video “Gangnam Style”. Go on, click the link, you know you want to.
So what does this have to do with Kim Jong-Un? As of 9 p.m., he happens to be in second place for the title, trailing only Mohamed Morsy on Time's website.
I'm anticipating your next question was the same as mine, how is Jong-Un a contender?
An internet hacking scheme, of course! Members of the 4chan, a humorous internet image-board site strike again. Users have been busily voting to secure Jong-Un the title of Person of the Year 2012.
Back in 2009, the happy pranksters upstaged another Time poll, voting their website’s co-founder, Christopher Poole, A.K.A. the Moot, to the top of the Most Influential People list. Since then, the message board fans have hijacked votes for a new Mt. Dew flavor, a competition to have Taylor Swift perform at a school, and have definitively proven that the internet is completely ridiculous.
Back to what's truly important here, Kim Jong-Un and his epic week. On top of 4chan’s ratings boost, the third-generation dictator was named 2012’s Sexiest Man Alive by The Onion. The satirical news network cited the Jong-Un's “devastatingly handsome, round face, his boyish charm, and his strong, sturdy frame” for the win. Past winners listed in the article included Bashar al-Assad and Ted Kaczynski, but despite the obvious irony, the online version of China's Communist Party newspaper took the bait, hook, line and sinker.
The People’s Daily boasted a 55- photo slide show of the sexy, sexy dictator under the headline "North Korea's top leader named The Onion's Sexiest Man Alive for 2012."
So congratulations, Kim Jong-Un. This is your best week ever. Better get back to riding that sleepy horse and running your country.