We really wish the headline for this story was a joke, but’s it’s the honest truth.
Every year Time magazine names a “person of the year,” an honor that usually goes to an influential political, religious, humanitarian or other leader who made a powerful difference throughout the year. The honor is chosen by a board of editors at Time, but the magazine does an online poll to let readers make their selection known.
And apparently Miley Cyrus has enough people who think she was the most influential person in 2013 that she’s in the lead. And it’s not even close, she’s in the lead by a giant margin.
As of Wednesday afternoon the 21-year-old pop star had 29% of the vote. The next closest influencer is Indian politicial and Hindu nationalist Narenda Modi with 12%. NSA whistleblower Edward Snowdon – who really did influence the entire world – is in third with just under 10%.
Let’s put it this way, Miley has over 120,000 votes. Snowden as around 40,000.
To be fair, Miley’s Twitter and fan pages have been lobbying hard for this, including links and encouraging as much voting as possible.
Voting closes at 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 4, and the winner will be announced on Dec. 6. But don’t be surprised if it turns out to be our favorite little twerk machine.