According to a well-placed source, ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2021. But while the guitarist's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.
UPDATE 21/09/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Why not Gibbons 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 71-year-old guitarist, as a 2021 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.
“What makes Gibbons 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 guitarist 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 (Billy Gibbons' hometown).
Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year
A representative for the guitarist was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:
“#GibbonsPOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 20 Sep 2021
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveBilly”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 20 Sep 2021
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Billy Gibbons?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 20 Sep 2021
Could 2021 officially be the Year of Billy Gibbons?
Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2021 Person of the Year.
Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2021?
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