Time will name its Person of the Year on Wednesday… and could it be Miley Cyrus, who was last seen twerking Santa Claus?
Nancy Gibbs, Time’s managing editor, announced the 10 finalists on “Today” Monday morning:
Power is not just political. It can be cultural, it can be spiritual. [Cyrus] came in like a wrecking ball, literally. At a time when you’re living with an explosion of exhibitionism since we all now carry cameras with us at all times, she is a symbol of the way we live.
The top 10 finalists for Time’s Person of the Year:
- President Barack Obama, last year’s Person of the Year.
- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who the United States declared was behind a chemical attack on Syrian residents;
- Sen. Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas and member of the Tea Party movement;
- Hassan Rouhani, the president of Iran who recently agreed to an interim deal that would curb his nation’s nuclear program;
- Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who fled to Russia after leaking top-secret U.S. documents that revealed widespread government surveillance programs;
- Pope Francis, who became pontiff after Pope Benedict abdicated in March;
- Edie Windsor, the marriage equality advocate whose Supreme Court victory struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act;
- Miley Cyrus, whose twerk-filled performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards set off a chain of memorable entertainment moments;
- Amazon.com founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos, who this year bought The Washington Post and recently announced that Amazon was exploring drone delivery;
- Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the individual tasked with overseeing the launch of the Affordable Care Act and under fire for its botched rollout.
We’re picking the Pope.