Donnie Yen, TIME's Person of the Year 2022?

Donnie Yen among finalists for TIME’s 2022 Person of the Year?

According to a credible source, Donnie Yen is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2022. But while the actor's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 10/08/2022 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Yen 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 59-year-old actor, as a 2022 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Yen 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 ‘ Of The Year’ by some major newspapers and even ‘Guangzhou Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Guangzhou (Donnie Yen'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:

“#YenPOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 9 Aug 2022
“Congrats! Donnie has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 9 Aug 2022
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Donnie Yen?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 9 Aug 2022

Could 2022 officially be the Year of Donnie Yen?

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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