Jet Li, TIME's Person of the Year 2022?

Jet Li among finalists for TIME’s 2022 Person of the Year?

According to a well-informed source, Jet Li 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 08/08/2022 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Li 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 Li 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 ‘Chinese Of The Year’ by some major Chinese newspapers and even ‘Beijing Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Beijing (Jet Li'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:

“Jet Li Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 7 Aug 2022
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveJet”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 7 Aug 2022
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Jet Li?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 7 Aug 2022

Could 2022 officially be the Year of Jet Li?

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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