Time Asia’s Heroes Poll has Philippine boxing champion Manny Pacquiao and former Philippine president Corazon Aquino behind runaway Korean singing sensation Rain. Far be it from me to diss a fellow musician, but since when is it right to consider a pop star, a virtual virtual creation of some recording company, a “hero”? Has he inspired someone to be a better person? Changed the course of history? Literally saved someone’s life? United a nation?
Looking at the nominees, it doesn’t seem right. Pacquiao, Aquino, the Dalai Lama… all behind some 23-year-old upstart? His first album was titled Evil Man, for heaven’s sake.
Far be it from me to define “hero,” but this is just wrong. So why don’t y’all head on over to the Time Asia’s Heroes Poll and set things right, hm?