Voting is over, and the 2009 Gentile of the Year is Stephen Colbert!
Colbert’s playful but pointed coverage of the church in 2009 helped keep us in the limelight on the gay issue at a time when, reeling from the Prop 8 fallout, we might have preferred a low profile. But lets not kid ourselves, most of his votes probably had less to do with that coverage than the fact that, in spite of it, a lot of us are fans of the show.
The Boggs-Doniphan Gentile of the Year designation is a recognition of the effect that the person or group of persons recognized has had during the past year. It is not a prize or award, so nothing of value is being given to anyone as a result of this designation, and it is not necessarily meant to honor the person or persons recognized (it is half named after Boggs, after all), so no effort will be made to contact or notify Colbert.
We were very pleased by the interest in selecting the Boggs-Doniphan Gentile of the Year. The BCC readers nominated many possibilities in addition to the original ones in the post. We learned a lot from those nominations, especially the range of our readers’ beliefs and feelings. We even learned about some non-Mormons who have done significant things and really deserve to be on a list of possible Gentiles of the Year.
The LDS Church’s First Presidency (including the Prophet) and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles were excluded from nominations because they are Mormons.
We also appreciate those who dropped by and participated in our online vote, which taught us a lot about the passion that many people have for their friends and those that they admire. Nowhere near 2000 people voted in our poll, often coming from outside the bloggernacle, from fan sites associated with some of those nominated. We hope that those who dropped by enjoyed BCC and will drop by again.
Please plan on participating in next year’s Boggs-Doniphan Award nominations and designation. I’m sure that many of the nominees will show up in next year’s process, and those of us who were unfamiliar with some of the nominees can use that time to become more familiar with them. Certainly we will re-nominate some of them next year, if others do not. And, as we discovered this year, each year is very different, bringing a different mix of both news and candidates.