TIME Magazine's annual "person of the year" title is a coveted honor. But the picks, selected by the magazine's editorial staff, can at times be quite controversial. The purpose of the award is to honor the individual who “most affected the news and our lives, for good or ill, and embodied what was important about the year.”
On the short list this year is Sandra Fluke, the 31 year old Georgetown student who has become notorious for her testimony over the hyper-controversial issue of free birth control, as mandated under Obamacare.
The magazine explains its consideration of Fluke by referencing her Christian upbringing, Rush Limbaugh's controversial comments about her and the student's assistance in helping Obama "trounce" Mitt Romney on election day:
"The daughter of a conservative Christian pastor, Sandra Fluke, 31, became a women's-rights activist in college and continued her advocacy as a law student at Georgetown. After she complained about being denied a chance to testify at a Republican-run House hearing on insurance coverage for birth control, Rush Limbaugh called Fluke a "slut." Democrats and many Republicans reacted with outrage, and the left made Limbaugh's slur Exhibit A in what they called a GOP "war on women." Fluke, meanwhile, weathered the attention with poise and maturity and emerged as a political celebrity. Democrats gave her a national-convention speaking slot as part of their push to make reproductive rights a central issue in the 2012 presidential campaign — one that helped Barack Obama trounce Mitt Romney among single women on Election Day."
Fluke tweeted that she was “honored” to be listed among the nominees. Yet complained that there are “few women” up for the award.
Fluke is far from the only controversial figure listed. Among others that might raise eyebrows are:
Syrian President Bashar Assad
The Higgs Boson particle
Kim Jong Un
The Mars Rover
Muslum Brotherhood leader and Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi