Derek Yee, TIME's Person of the Year 2021?

Derek Yee among finalists for TIME’s 2021 Person of the Year?

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According to a well-informed source, Derek Yee is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2021. But while the director's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 22/01/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Yee 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 63-year-old director, as a 2021 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Yee 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 director have already been named ‘ Of The Year’ by some major newspapers and even ‘Hong Kong Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Hong Kong (Derek Yee's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

A representative for the director was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:

“#YeePOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 21 Jan 2021
“Congrats! Derek has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 21 Jan 2021
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Derek Yee?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 21 Jan 2021

Could 2021 officially be the Year of Derek Yee?

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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