Keanu Reeves, TIME's Person of the Year 2016?

Keanu Reeves among finalists for TIME’s 2016 Person of the Year?

According to a reliable source, Keanu Reeves is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2016. But while the actor's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 10/12/2016 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Reeves for Person of the Year?

The list of nominees for Time magazine’s Person of the Year is always an eclectic mix of world leaders, pop culture icons, buzzworthy names, and human rights activists. The unexpected inclusion of the 52-year-old actor, as a 2016 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Reeves so important is the potential and influence he now has, rather than anything he has already done,” said a panelist who preferred to remain anonymous, adding that earlier this month, the actor have already been named ‘American Of The Year’ by some major American newspapers and even ‘Beyrouth Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Beyrouth (Keanu Reeves' hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

A representative for the actor was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:

“#ReevesPOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 9 Dec 2016
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveKeanu”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 9 Dec 2016
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Keanu Reeves?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 9 Dec 2016

Could 2016 officially be the Year of Keanu Reeves?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2016 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2016?

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