According to a well-placed source, Jackie Chan is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2020. But while the actor's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.
UPDATE 05/12/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Why not Chan 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 66-year-old actor, as a 2020 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.
“What makes Chan 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 ‘Hong Kong Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Hong Kong (Jackie Chan'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:
“#ChanPOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 4 Dec 2020
“Congrats! Jackie has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 4 Dec 2020
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Jackie Chan?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 4 Dec 2020
Could 2020 officially be the Year of Jackie Chan?
Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2020 Person of the Year.
Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2020?
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