According to a well-placed source, Anthony Braxton is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2022. But while the musician's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.
UPDATE 06/07/2022 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Why not Braxton 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 77-year-old musician, as a 2022 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.
“What makes Braxton 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 musician have already been named ‘American Of The Year’ by some major American newspapers and even ‘Chicago Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Chicago (Anthony Braxton's hometown).
Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year
A representative for the musician was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:
“Anthony Braxton Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 5 Jul 2022
“Congrats! Anthony has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 5 Jul 2022
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Anthony Braxton?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 5 Jul 2022
Could 2022 officially be the Year of Anthony Braxton?
Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2022 Person of the Year.
Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2022?
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