IF DONALD Trump winning the White House was a shock tantamount to an unforeseen political tsunami, the fact that he was awarded Time magazine’s Person of the Year award was more akin to a small ripple in a puddle.
But for those still coming to terms with the unlikely President-elect, seeing the bombastic billionaire touted as the most influential person in world affairs was a bitter pill to swallow.
Fortunately, there is always the internet to make wise cracks and post memes about the current situation to make everyone feel better. And in the wake of the announcement, social media reliably chimed in.
On the issue’s cover the ‘M’ in ‘Time’ is suspiciously positioned right on top of Trump’s head, making it look like the to-be “President of the Divided State of America” – as the magazine called him – has a set of big, red devil horns.
Many on Twitter are talking about how the design of the entire cover is sending a message, after a fashion.
That message? While the ‘Person of the Year’ is the person who made the most “impact” on the world, the title isn’t a comment on whether it was a positive imapact and nor is it an endorsement of the person’s agenda, ideology or stance on any issue. To be sure, the US President-elect has bitterly divided the US by running a campaign that close to half the US considers racist and sexist.
All done on purpose, many felt, because they think Trump has exhibited authoritarian, monarchical and dictatorial tendencies.
“It’s hard to measure the scale of his disruption,” Time said in its announcement on Wednesday, noting Trump’s eclectic career as real estate magnate and reality television star before winning the highest office in the land.
”For those who believe this is all for the better, Trump’s victory represents a long-overdue rebuke to an entrenched and arrogant governing class,” it said.
The shortlist included: Putin, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage, US gymnast and Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles, ex-US secretary of state Hillary Clinton, CRISPR Scientists who developed a groundbreaking new technology that can edit DNA, the Flint Whistleblowers who along with civil-engineering professor Marc Edwards and local pediatrician Mona Hanna-Attisha, blew the whistle on the lead-poisoned water in Flint, Mich and singer Beyonce.