The Rock Is Only the Second Non-White ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ Ever
Today, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was named People’s Sexiest Man Alive, which is great for him. The problem for People: he’s only the second non-white recipient ever.
— People Magazine (@people) November 15, 2016
For the past 32 years, every year the fine folks at People magazine have made the difficult decision of singling out the one man in Hollywood that’s hotter than all the other men in Hollywood for an honor they call Sexiest Man Alive.
It’s been mostly white dudes.
Specifically, it’s been 94% white dudes.
In 1994, People technically named Keanu Reeves their first non-white Sexist Man Alive. Keanu is 1/8 Asian, but he’s also called himself a “bourgeois white boy” in interviews before, so it’s unclear whether he even considers himself to be a person of color.
Until today, the first and only person of color to EVER win has been Denzel Washington in 1996.
Since then, it’s been 19 years of white dudes, with two of them, Johnny Depp and George Clooney, actually winning multiple times.
Since Hollywood has a diversity problem this pattern isn’t really surprising, but c’mon People, like we’re really supposed to believe the sexiest men in Hollywood are 93% white dudes?
You’re aware we have eyes, right?
How did Will Smith or Mario Lopez never get the honor back in their prime?
And what about Idris Elba, Michael B. Jordan or Taye Diggs, just to name a few name glaringly obvious options?
Now obviously, it’s not just about being the sexiest guy, it’s also about being the sexiest name recognition-level guy at the moment, but get your shit together.
Then again, who are we kidding?
These are the same people who have been blatantly pandering to Trump since he won the election last week.
It’s actually kind of a miracle they didn’t just go with another white guy this year.