As you may have heard, the “silence breakers” (which I’m not sure if they were called this before this article or not, but kudos to TIME if they just made that name up) and/or #MeToo won TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year. Now don’t get me wrong, this is great and probably the right choice considering all of the allegations that are coming out and women feeling empowered to speak out against sexual assault. I have no problem there.
However, what I do take exception to is violating the rules of grammar. I’m sorry, but a group cannot win “Person of the Year.” They can win “Group of the Year” or “People of the Year“, but accordingly to the language that God gave all humans (aka English), a plural cannot win an award* for a singular. Same goes for the hashtag – #MeToo could win “Campaign of the Year” or “Hashtag of the Year“, but a hashtag is not a person so it cannot win “Person of the Year.”
And this isn’t the first instance of TIME pulling this bullshit. In 1960, U.S. Scientists won. 1969? Middle Americans. 1993? The Peacemakers. 2002? The Whistleblowers. 2014? Ebola Fighters. 1982? THE COMPUTER. Yes, the fucking computer won PERSON of the Year in 1982. I’m not saying that these groups/machines are not important or influential. In fact, this blog as nothing to do with the merit of the winners and has everything to do with TIME being inconsistent, stubborn fuckers.
Let’s go back in time…
The first Person of the Year was Charles Lindbergh in 1927. Some creative editor over at TIME thought it would be great to do this shit every year. What a great idea–take the person who influenced/impacted the world the most, regardless of if it was positively or negatively, and put them on the cover. Then 1950 rolls around and we’re in the middle of the damn Korean War. Well certainly U.S. soldiers are the most influential, right? So let’s have them be the person of the year. But wait, they thought, this is PERSON of the year, not PEOPLE. Creatively, TIME went with “The American Fighting-Man.” A weird way to say soldier, but in any case, this was the beginning of the end for the English language.
Right here, in 1950, TIME could have changed the name of this schtick to “Influence of the Year” or something like that. That way, any person, group, or even motherfucking computer could have their day to shine. But you know what? They didn’t. Those stubborn fucks kept with Person and now we’re here in 2017 with groups and hashtags winning PERSON of the Year.
So to TIME Magazine I say, fuck you. This shit isn’t right. If you’d like to keep giving this award to groups/objects/social media campaigns, then please just change the name of it.
*I’m using “award” loosely here seeing as like terrorists and shit have been named Person of the Year. I know its not actually an award, but I just don’t know what else to call it. I can’t really muster up a word that I would feel comfortable giving to both sexual assault survivors and dictators.
P.S. Some of you might remember when “You” was TIME Magazine Person of the Year in 2006. Surprisingly, I don’t have a problem with that one because, while kind of a cheat, “You” is still singular and, therefore, a person.