Russell Simmons had a busy year. He was involved with Occupy Wall Street, received a Media Award GLAAD, hosted his 12th Annual Art for Life Benefit, and, most recently, PETA honored him with his very own stamp. But perhaps PETA was saving the best for last.
According to a press release, PETA is naming him their Person of the Year.
“The horrible abuse of animals is the worst karmic disaster in the history of human kind,” he said in a statement. “The work PETA does to combat his catastrophe is amazing. I’m truly humbled to be chosen as this year’s Person of the Year, but the praise should go to the hundreds of thousands of volunteers that are on the ground doing the work. I accept this honor on their behalf.”
By becoming PETA’s Person of the Year, Simmons joins the ranks of Bill Clinton (2010), Ellen DeGeneres (2009) and Oprah Winfrey (2008) — all of whom have be recognized by PETA for their significant contributions to society and their respect for all.
PETA’s Senior Vice President Lisa Lange said, “Russell Simmons uses his influence and success to encourage everyone to think about others, human or not, and to live compassionately. Simmons’ philosophy — that everyone should stick up for the little guy — is one that everyone can follow.”
With this honor, Simmons is sure inspire millions more to live a more selfless life.