Jimmy Kimmel Show
Jimmy Kimmel Show
Time magazine selected Pope Francis as its Person of the Year on Wednesday, Dec. 11, saying the Catholic Church's new leader has radically shifted the perception of the 2,000-year-old institution. NSA leaker Edward Snowden, gay rights activist Edith Windsor, Syrian President Bashar Assad and Tea Party senator Ted Cruz rounded out the top five—but evidently, not everyone keeps up with the news.
Jimmy Kimmel jokingly nominated a group of others later that night on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and as expected, several clueless pedestrians pretended to be in the know. "There are always people who don't keep up on current events, so I thought it would be fun to send our camera out on Hollywood Boulevard today to find out what people think about Time's Person of the Year. We did not tell them the Person of the Year was the Pope," Kimmel said. "In fact, we told them it was other people."
The first person producers selected for their social experiment was none other than Keeping Up With the Kardashians star Kris Jenner. "I think Kris is an amazing businesswoman with a really good head on her shoulders," said one woman, who added that the honor was "well deserved." Another passerby said, "She has hustled her way this year. She is a household name. Everybody knows her. She has just been on everything and everywhere, so I think Person of the Year would be a good accolade for her."
While Jenner isn't actually featured in the issue, there's always a chance she'll make the list in 2014!
Toronto mayor Rob Ford—who has been open about smoking crack—was the next person to make the farcical list. "I think he's kind of a ridiculous, funny character. I don't think he should be Person of the Year for what he has done," one man said. Ford wasn't the only politician used in the bit, however: former New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner was also "honored" in jest.
To see how people react to Here Comes Honey Boo Boo's "Mama" June Shannon, Prince George and others being named Time's Person of the Year, watch the video now.