According to a well-informed source, Bobbie Gentry is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2022. But while the singer's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.
UPDATE 17/01/2022 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Why not Gentry 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 singer, as a 2022 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.
“What makes Gentry 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 singer have already been named ‘American Of The Year’ by some major American newspapers and even ‘Chickasaw County Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Chickasaw County (Bobbie Gentry's hometown).
Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year
A representative for the singer was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:
“Bobbie Gentry Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 16 Jan 2022
“Congrats! Bobbie has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 16 Jan 2022
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Bobbie Gentry?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 16 Jan 2022
Could 2022 officially be the Year of Bobbie Gentry?
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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