Phylicia Rashād, TIME's Person of the Year 2015?

Phylicia Rashād among finalists for TIME’s 2015 Person of the Year?

According to a top source, Phylicia Rashād is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2015. But while the actress' fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 01/12/2015 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Rashād 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 67-year-old actress, as a 2015 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

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

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

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

“#RashādPOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 30 Nov 2015
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LovePhylicia”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 30 Nov 2015
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Phylicia Rashād?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 30 Nov 2015

Could 2015 officially be the Year of Phylicia Rashād?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2015 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2015?

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