Donald Trump is TIME’s ‘Person of the Year’
TIME magazine named President-elect Donald Trump its Person of the Year on Wednesday, while also calling him “President of the Divided States of America.” Runners up for the POY naming include Trump’s election opponent Hillary Clinton, who may well have taken the title if she had won; “The Hackers,” meaning people who use the Internet to disrupt commerce, media and politics; and Beyoncé, who took an activist stance through the release of her musical and visual experience Lemonade.
TIME’s choice has already rankled the web, with people angry over the magazine choosing such a divisive figure for the person they recognize as the year’s biggest newsmaker.
Time couldn’t pick anyone ANYONE besides Trump for person of the year? There were seriously no better options?
— Jonathan Legier (@Jlegier58) December 7, 2016
— Sarah Burris (@SarahBurris) December 7, 2016
But POY is not a popularity contest, but a focus on who the most influential person was through the year, and that person is not always so well-liked. Other POY winners include historic villains like Adolph Hitler (1938), Joseph Stalin (1939, 1942), and Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeni (1979), but also more venerable figures like Ethiopian ruler Haile Selassie (1935), Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (1963), and President Obama (2008, 2012).
A version of this story appears on EBONY.com.