Yon González, TIME's Person of the Year 2016?

Yon González among finalists for TIME’s 2016 Person of the Year?

According to a well-informed source, Yon González 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 11/12/2016 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not González 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 30-year-old actor, as a 2016 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes González 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 ‘Spaniard Of The Year’ by some major Spanish newspapers and even ‘Bergara Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Bergara (Yon González'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:

“#GonzálezPOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 10 Dec 2016
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveYon”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 10 Dec 2016
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Yon González?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 10 Dec 2016

Could 2016 officially be the Year of Yon González?

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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