International celebrity and global soccer icon David Beckham was officially named People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive last night, nabbing the coveted title's 2015 crown. The father of four appeared via live stream with his face obscured on Wednesday's episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, during which audience members attempted to reveal his identity with a series of questions.
"It's the best moment of my career. I can't believe it!" Beckham told Kimmel after the big announcement. Good for Beckham! Bad for any heartthrobs who are, you know, not white.
Beckham is now the 19th consecutive Caucasian to win the honor of Sexiest Man Alive. The first, last and only non-white celebrity to earn the title was Denzel Washington, back in 1996—nearly two decades ago. For context: Washington was still five years away from starring in Training Day at that point. Michael B. Jordan was nine years old!
Needless to say, People's announcement had some readers wondering why equally deserving hotties like Jordan, Idris Elba, Drake and (seriously, guys) Elba couldn't break that streak.
Every year that Idris Elba is not Sexiest Man Alive is every year we are LIVING A LIE— Leslie Grossman (@MissLeslieG) November 18, 2015
Once again People gives the #SexiestManAlive crown to a white guy. Um, what about Don Cheadle? Taye Diggs? Michael B. Jordan? Jaime Camil?— Amy Kroin (@AmyKroin) November 18, 2015
Will 2016 be the year when People finally names someone who isn't white as Sexiest Man Alive? Let's be honest: Elba deserves way more than the bottom corner of last year's cover.