Pussy Riot Nominated For Time's 'Person Of The Year'

The Russian punk band will compete with Felix Baumgartner, Psy and Tim Cook for the prestigious award. Who would you nominate?

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Members of Pussy Riot who were jailed for their infamous protest in a Russian cathedral have been nominated for Time magazine's Person Of The Year award.

They will compete with 38 other nominees for the award, including daredevil Felix Baumgartner, Apple boss Tim Cook, "Fifty Shades Of Grey" author EL James, and Korean rapper Psy.

Last year's winner was "the protester", simply to represent the people who took part in protests around the world in 2011. In 2010, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg won the award.

Writing about Pussy Riot, Time said: "In a year when so many voices of liberty and dissent have suffered harsh retribution, the Russian feminist punk group Pussy Riot has paid a particularly steep price for provocative political expression."

One of the three jailed members of Pussy Riot has been released after proving that she hadn't even taken her guitar out its case before being booted from the cathedral. The other two continue to serve a two year sentence, with one of them recently being moved to solitary confinement for her own safety.

Who would you nominate from the rock world as person of the year? Post your nominations in the comments.

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    Johnny_Ibanez
    Psy? PSY?! Psy... http://i.imgur.com/oHtJs.gif
    iommi600
    I bet they did Gangnam Style in the church.
    sonofgkex
    Better PSY than E L James. The worst part about that whole thing is that his smut writing wasn't even good smut. "Her inner goddess said, "Oh my". Yeah. My inner goddess threw up a little bit.
    xplosive59
    *Her Also her work started off as a Twilight fan fiction which was later edited to remove the references, no lie. That explains the bad writing as well.
    triviumfan2080
    Daredevil? I think thats an understatement. Doing a backflip on a motorcycle is being a daredevil,falling to earth from space is a whole new level
    SocksAndTrees
    So, there's the CEO of a company who steals others ideas and overcharges for them, an author of a porn novel, a stuntman, and a funny Korean dude.
    Lion_Slicer
    Stuntman? He broke the sound barrier WITH HIS FACE.
    SocksAndTrees
    True, true, I wouldn't mind if he made it, but the rest of them...
    K!!LsWiTcH
    i would. what in the hell did he do for anyone but literally himself that deserves him being person of the year. this whole list of nominees is gag-worthy. the inclusion of psy and el james are just plain laughable, im surprised it isnt april first
    awesomeo4000
    the whole red bull stratos thing is great because the technology they developed for his suit for the jump is innovative and will be used for manned missions into orbit in the future and stuff. anything that promotes scientific progress deserves all the recognition it can get imo (even if it is just a huge promotional stunt)
    duncang
    Note there are 40 nominees, and almost all of them are more likely to win than Psy or EL James.
    Lugas
    Then again, its 2012 and humanity isnt exactly getting brighter.
    pwninator123
    It actually is, this is currently the most intelligent and well-educated generation there has ever been, and it will only go up from there.
    Wiggly_Airlines
    Only ones on that list that actually mean something. If some talentless one-hit wonder wins person of the year, well...then it was a pretty shit year and Darwin would agree.
    triviumfan2080
    Randy Blythe \m/
    jameshudson92
    Agree.At least nominate him.
    J...Out
    Nominate someone for person of the year for accidently killing a kid? That's all he's done. Nothing for a greater good. This whole list is an utter joke. Why make it more laughable by adding a murderer to the list?
    Braykah
    I'd say jail this guy up innocently for manslaughter, and give him the same treatment that he advocates. Practice what you preach and get the facts before you open your foul trap, you disrespecting little b*tch.
    triviumfan2080
    it was sarcasm to see how many close-minded people i could get to thumbs up a potential murderer. Lamb of God still rocks though
    My Last Words
    And what if he was just some ordinary guy and not the lead singer of LoG. Bring on the downvotes
    marcelaguiar
    You are right. Randy didnt really do anything revolutionary. It's what the other country did that gets so many peoples attention.
    KerNeL_KLuTcH
    Malala should win she's the only one that really deserves it.
    Aays
    I was waiting for this. Can't agree with you more. She took a bullet for education while EL James took money for shitty porn novels.
    The9
    Im sure there are scientists, doctors, paramedics, firefighters etc who deserve this award more than a fat china man or some leabians
    N7Crazy
    I like how most of the comments arent at all about Pussy Riot, and how wonderfull it is for them and their cause, but instead about how retarded the other nominees are... Seriously, what is wrong with this world?!
    triviumfan2080
    guy who landed the Mars Rover?
    xwf
    Seriously tired of hearing about these hacks. They made awful music and acted like shitheads in a church. I'm not a religious person at all, and I don't care that they did what they did.
    Camron62\m/
    i don't know what you are talking about, the Mars Rover and the guy who landed it seem pretty cool....
    xwf
    Haha, don't know why UG posted my comment as a reply to his. Obviously I was just making a general comment on Pussy Riot. The Mars Rover is a badass.
    kratos379
    Pussy Riot don't deserve half of the credit they're given. They weren't being jailed for protesting, but for doing disgusting things in public. They literally had an orgy in a public setting as well as several other things. Indecent exposure is illegal in the United States as well, so this really isn't to be seen as clamping down on protests as it is jailing people who are doing obscene things in public.
    kojoto
    They also released cockroaches into a court room and filmed themselves masturbating with raw chicken in grocery stores (can be found on google, obviously NSFW). They have caused public health hazards numerous times. Raising awareness about a cause doesn't mean you have to pull childish pranks. I don't see it as any better than the crap PETA does.
    Pitwulf
    To be fair to Psy, his one-hit wonder did break a lot of records... I'm more confused as to why Pussy Riot are on this list tbh. Did they actually achieve something? But of course the men in science should win this. You know, the people actually advancing the human species...
    travislausch
    They brought a lot of attention to lack of press freedoms, civil liberties, and a fair judiciary in Russia. They've always been protesting against the Kremlin. That's more than winning a few silly records on YouTube.
    MDoggDX316
    Why do we place any importance on this "Person of the Year" award? It shouldn't matter if Psy wins it, because it doesn't mean shit.
    thf24
    Ironic how the reason they're up for Person of the Year is discrimination by the government headed by a previous Person of the Year.
    ne14t
    Where Felix jumped from was not space it is still the Earths atmosphere, we haven't actually been into 'Space' since the Apollo mission that went to the moon. That said it was still a effing high altitude and I certainly wouldn't be surprised or upset if Felix won.
    fender82
    I would love to nominate Muse!! ...and there should be a muse avatar thing -__-
    Dylan_86
    Pussy Riot, Psy etc. in the running for Person of the Year award....yep the world is going even further beyond repair.
    RickyThomson
    Lol. I'm all for pussy riot getting this "award". But to be totally honest... time magazine is irrelevant. After they chose bookfacetard over Julian Assange (who, as i recall had MORE votes than sucker-berg). What does it mean? Nothing! Person(s) of the year is supposed to go to someone who actually changed or tried to change something that is wrong with this world.
    strictly-diesel
    what a joke THE DUDE JUMPED OUTTA MOTHERF***IN SPACE and these sloots are in the same conversation. what the hell
    AARWave
    "The dude jumped outta motherf***ing " space in October . Another dude blabbers something in youtube. Same category. Nobody who reads this comment knew about Felix Baumgartner before the jump and at the top Red Bull had worse radio connection than NASA in damn 1960's in MOON and after some "muffuffummuffum.." the guy jumped. Do you seriously think that a huge energy drink advertisement is worth "person of the year" award? PSY is a joke. Pussy Riot is a good idea executed wrong. Give the award to someone who has actually done something useful FFS..
    AARWave
    Also someone could remember that we're talking about the person of the year, not about the person of the last a few months
    Wisthler
    Well this is a big Middle Finger to the ones who put all that BS on them.