Your guide to this year's evil-doers
Allow us to introduce you to the six most heinous people in the world, as voted by NME readers. You’ll be familiar with all of them already, of course, because how can such contemptible figures go ignored? Their crimes vary from the world-endangering to the rage-inducing, but it’s safe to say all are downright loathsome. Good luck containing your anger as we recap the most nefarious endeavours of the Villain Of The Year nominees at the VO5 NME Awards 2018.
The VO5 NME Awards 2018 will take place at London’s O2 Academy Brixton on February 14.
Who: The so-called leader of the free world, and overgrown, petulant child.
What have they done in the last year?: Oh, y’know, just brought the world terrifyingly close to nuclear war via his Twitter outbursts and boasts, shown complete lack of compassion and humanity for hurricane victims in Puerto Rico, made highly offensive remarks about Haiti and Africa, stood by alleged sex offender Roy Moore, refused to condemn alt-right white supremacists after Charlottesville, doggedly tried to ban people from predominantly Muslim countries from the US, and countless more hideous acts.
Who: Nuclear-obsessed North Korea dynasty leader.
What have they done in the last year?: Most of the headlines around Kim have dealt with the increased missile launches and nuclear tests, and insult-trading with Trump. There’s way more than that on his rap sheet, though. His government ordered the assassination of his half-brother, restrict basic civil and political liberties, punish North Koreans for contacting the outside world, and have been found by the UN to have committed crimes against humanity, including murder, enslavement, torture, rape, imprisonment, and forced abortion.
Who: Odious former MailOnline columnist and media “personality”.
What have they done in the last year?: Spread hate via her Twitter account, column and radio show, including – but not limited to – suggesting a “final solution” was needed after the Manchester terror attack, called racial profiling a “good thing”, called for internment camps to be used for Muslim extremists after June’s London terror attack, and shared a poster for Dear White People with the comment: “Dear black people, if your lives matter why do you stab and shoot each other so much”.
Who: Vile, arrogant hate-monger who “fancies his chances” in this category.
What have they done in the last year?: Morgan has called protestors on the inaugural Women’s March “rabid feminists” because, y’know, caring about women’s rights and the world at large is a terrible crime. He’s also indulged in a range of gross behaviour, including shaming Kim Kardashian for posting nude selfies, boasted about Good Morning Britain being the most complained about TV show in 2017 (for featuring a “gay conversion therapist” and giving EDL co-founder Tommy Robinson a platform), and not only supported Trump, but refused to take him to task when he had the perfect opportunity in his ITV special.
Who: Our spineless, cowardly PM.
What have they done in the last year?: Soldiered on with Brexit despite reports suggesting it would cause untold economic damage to the country, refused to denounce Trump, introduced the rape clause to the tax credits scheme, which makes victims prove they were raped, made cuts to social care, disability benefits, and scrapped housing benefits for jobseekers aged between 18 and 21, plus more.
Who: Health Secretary desecrating the country’s healthcare system.
What have they done in the last year?: Hunt may have been Health Secretary since 2012, during which time the NHS and social care in the UK have had rapidly decreasing fortunes, but he somehow still managed to keep his job following the 2017 general election. A big supporter of privatising the NHS, he has been accused of trying to turn that into reality via the “back door” of Accountable Care Organisations. He’s also helped drive the NHS to the brink of collapse, leading to doctors and nurses being dangerously overstretched. Oh, and he reportedly spent £44,000 of the taxpayer’s money on a private bathroom at the Health Ministry while demanding £22 billion of savings were made in the NHS budget by 2020. Nice guy.