According to a well-informed source, Jermaine Dupri is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2022. But while the rapper's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.
UPDATE 01/10/2022 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Why not Dupri 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 50-year-old rapper, as a 2022 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.
“What makes Dupri 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 rapper have already been named ‘American Of The Year’ by some major American newspapers and even ‘Asheville Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Asheville (Jermaine Dupri's hometown).
Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year
A representative for the rapper was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:
“#DupriPOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 30 Sep 2022
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveJermaine”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 30 Sep 2022
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Jermaine Dupri?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 30 Sep 2022
Could 2022 officially be the Year of Jermaine Dupri?
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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