This week saw People magazine announce its pick for Sexiest Man Alive 2017, and people are pretty underwhelmed. Blake Shelton is the man they selected, and many on Twitter have sounded off with hilarious responses to the mag’s seemingly tone-deaf choice.
Not only do we think Shelton is, well, not that sexy, but he also has a history of homophobic and racist tweets, which is really unsexy.
So here are 12 men we think People should have chosen instead. From a football player with a socially active agenda to a comic book hero who wears lipstick on the red carpet, these stars would have been much sexier picks than boring ol’ white bro Blake Shelton.
Here are 12 stars we’d rather see as People’s Sexiest Man Alive 2017:
1. Colin Kaepernick
Earlier this week, GQ named Colin Kaepernick its “Citizen of the Year.” On the mag’s cover, the 29-year-old blackballed NFL quarterback wears a leather, all-black-everything ensemble and sports an afro. While Kaepernick’s politics have offended some people, Shelton has offended us with his history of disparaging homophobic and racist tweets. By bending a knee, Kaepernick defended everyone’s right to be American. While Shelton literally advocated for violence, Kaepernick participated in peaceful protest for people to stand (or kneel) for what they believe in.
That’s sexy as hell to us.
2. Michael B. Jordan
If you saw Creed, you know exactly why Michael B. Jordan tops our list. The sexy 30-year-old actor is also making headlines now as he’s about to star in the HBO film Fahrenheit 451. News of his directorial debut also broke this week: he’s set to direct David Barclay Moore’s novel The Stars Beneath Our Feet.
3. Haaz Sleiman
Nurse Jackie star Haaz Sleiman came out earlier this year. While others just say they’re gay, Sleiman came out and labeled himself as a total bottom. His frankness and openness about gay sex is refreshing — so much so that he tops our picks for who People should have recognized with the Sexiest Man Alive 2017 title. We’re not sure if Shelton would be a top or bottom, but honestly he’s one man we don’t want to imagine playing for our team anyway.
4. Travante Rhodes
Travante Rhodes won hearts for his role in last year’s Moonlight, the Oscar-winning film that told the story of a queer boy growing up in drug-torn Miami. Rhodes, along with the rest of the Moonlight cast, posed in their undies for a Calvin Klein campaign earlier this year, making us weak in the knees with adoration for the hunk.
5. Ezra Miller
Miller would be a delightfully offbeat choice for sure, but sexiness comes in all shapes, sizes and hues. Hues like the bright Fenty Beauty lipstick he’s been spotted donning on the red carpet for Justice League. Yes, men who wear makeup are sexy.
Also, as openly queer, it would be a great choice for People to prove they aren’t so heteronormative with their selections and are able to honor men who sleep with other men.
6. Idris Elba
Anybody with a social media account is refuting People’s Sexiest Man Alive 2017 choice of Blake Shelton, and many are pointing instead to one star who easily could have taken his place: Idris Elba. In 2016, Elba was named by Time as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World, so why shouldn’t he be named as the sexiest man in the world a year later? Also, only one black man (Denzel Washington) has ever been awarded the honor, making us feel the Sexiest Man Alive should be renamed “Sexiest Man #SoWhite.”
7. Lewis Tan
If People magazine had gone with Lewis Tan, it would have been the first time someone of Asian heritage was named with the honor. The half-British, half-Asian actor is best known for his portrayal of Zhou Cheng in Iron Fist and an appearance in the upcoming film Den of Thieves. He’s also known for his killer body that can throw a powerful punch, as he’s a trained martial arts expert. C’mon, People, get with the times and recognize that Asian men can be sexy AF.
8. Milo Ventimiglia
We’ve been lusting over Ventimiglia for quite some time now. The This Is Us star has a killer body that Ellen DeGeneres loves to show off, a sensual facial hair game that is on point, all paired with boyish good looks that would make any gay boy weak in the knees.
9. Sterling K. Brown
This Is Us is actually chock-full of eye candy. Sterling K. Brown, who plays the adopted son of Ventimiglia, is also a whole lot of beauty wrapped up into one perfect specimen of man. He also walked away with the Emmy for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series, showing that his beauty is also backed up with a quite a lot of talent. He’d make a much better Sexiest Man Alive 2017.
10. Chris Hemsworth
Sure, Hemsworth was given the honor only a few years ago, but it wouldn’t be the first time an actor has been named Sexiest Man Alive more than once. Also, with a new Thor film out in theaters now, in which the hunk is shirtless quite a lot, the timing is perfect.
11. Armie Hammer
The new film Call Me by Your Name, based on the book with the same title and currently making its rounds on the LGBT film festival circuit, tells the story of Oliver, a grad student who beguiles young Elio in the Italian countryside in the summer of 1983. The handsome Armie Hammer plays Oliver, and his stoic good looks, chiseled physique and his ability to portray queer love on the screen make him an easy choice for the annual honor of Sexiest Man Alive 2017.
12. Jason Momoa
Justice League’s Aquaman is portrayed by the gorgeous Jason Momoa. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Momoa is of Native Hawaiian descent with German, Irish and Native American ancestry mixed in as well. What makes Momoa a standout in the sexiness department are his luscious locks of hair that are sometimes styled in dreads. It’s time People magazine recognized that long hair on men is hot as hell.