Phylicia Rashād, TIME's Person of the Year 2016?

Phylicia Rashād among finalists for TIME’s 2016 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 2016. But while the actress' fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 09/12/2016 : 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 68-year-old actress, as a 2016 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, 8 Dec 2016
“Congrats! Phylicia has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 8 Dec 2016
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Phylicia Rashād?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 8 Dec 2016

Could 2016 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 2016 Person of the Year.

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

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