If Malala Yousufzai doesn't win TIME person of the year I am going to be pissed. Don't know who she is? Read this from Wikipedia:
Malala Yousafzai (Pashto: ملاله یوسفزۍ Malālah Yūsafzay, born 12 July 1997) is a school student and education activist from the town of Mingora in the Swat District of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. She is known for her education and women’s rights activism in the Swat Valley, where the Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school. In early 2009, at the age of 11/12, Yousafzai wrote a blog under a pseudonym for the BBC detailing her life under Taliban rule, their attempts to take control of the valley, and her views on promoting education for girls. The following summer, a New York Times documentary was filmed about her life as the Pakistani military intervened in the region, culminating in the Second Battle of Swat. Yousafzai began to rise in prominence, giving interviews in print and on television and taking a position as chairpersonof the District Child Assembly Swat. She has since been nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize by Desmond Tutu and has won Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize. A number of prominent individuals, including the Canadian Minister of Citizenship, are supporting a petition to nominate Yousafzai for the Nobel Peace Prize.
On 9 October 2012, Yousafzai was shot in the head and neck in an assassination attempt by Taliban gunmen while returning home on a school bus. In the days immediately following the attack, she remained unconscious and in critical condition, but later her condition improved enough for her to be sent to a hospital in the United Kingdom for intensive rehabilitation. On 12 October, a group of 50 Islamic clerics in Pakistan issued a fatwā against those who tried to kill her, but the Taliban reiterated its intent to kill Yousafzai and her father, Ziauddin.
Former British Prime Minister and current UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown launched a United Nations petition in Yousafzai’s name, using the slogan “I am Malala” and demanding that all children worldwide be in school by the end of 2015. Brown said he would hand the petition to Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari in November. UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon has announced that November 10 will be celebrated as Malala Day.
OMG Paul Ryan was a 2011 runner up for Time Person of the Year
Paul Ryan: The Prophet
Here’s a curious fact: in a year of political gridlock, when Congress could get nothing done — not even pass a budget — the most influential American politician was House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan. Through a combination of hard work, good timing and possibly suicidal guts, the Wisconsin Republican managed to harness his party to a dramatic plan for dealing with America’s rapidly rising public debt. He brought an ugly issue out of the foggy realm of think tanks and blue-ribbon panels and dropped it into the middle of the national debate in time to define the next presidential election. If 2012 turns out to be a clear choice between very different answers to a genuinely important question — instead of the usual vague contest between competing slogans and haircuts — give the credit to Ryan.
Read more: http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2101745_2102133_2102332,00.html #ixzz26DxOdF1E
So Time Magazine has named it’s 2011 Person Of The Year…The Protester.
I kinda feel disappointed when Time feels the need to name a group as it’s Person Of The Year.
Still, I guess this year’s POTY was less of a cop out than Time’s 2006 POTY, which turned out to be everybody!
I am seething.
Time came out with their “Person” of the year.
Know who got it?
Know who is runner up?
How the bloody flying fuck is she runner up and a bunch of whiny, bratty, entitled losers get to be “person” of the year even though she is the epitome of grace, elegance, class and kindness. Not to mention her wardrobe is waaaaaaaay better and waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay cleaner then the protesters’.
Now, we all know that 3/4s of the reason of the reason that I’m so peeved about this is because I’m a total Mini-Middleton. Kate Middleton is on my inspirational people list up there with my grandfather, Sarah Palin and Ronald Reagan.
But another more reasonable part of me is upset with this because it shows the sick glorification of violent, entitled youth that should not be encouraged. Now I get that some of these places they were protesting in were complete hellholes. But throwing molotov cocktails is not something that should be praised.
And the OWS protests DEFINITELY should not be praised. The OWS were so disgusting and depraved because of the behaviors of the protesters. And half of the protesters were entitled, spoiled, violent brats who thought it would be easier to sit around with signs causing mayhem instead of going out and being productive.
Time really needs to get their priorities straight. So does this world. We should be glorifying dignity and class, not violence and disorderliness.