Richard Dean Anderson, TIME's Person of the Year 2017?

Richard Dean Anderson among finalists for TIME’s 2017 Person of the Year?

According to a credible source, Richard Dean Anderson is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2017. But while the actor's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 28/03/2017 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Anderson 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 actor, as a 2017 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Anderson 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 ‘Minneapolis Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Minneapolis (Richard Dean Anderson's 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:

“Richard Dean Anderson Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 27 Mar 2017
“Congrats! Richard Dean has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 27 Mar 2017
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Richard Dean Anderson?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 27 Mar 2017

Could 2017 officially be the Year of Richard Dean Anderson?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2017 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2017?

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