According to a well-informed source, Jimmy Cliff is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2020. But while the singer's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.
UPDATE 24/10/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Why not Cliff 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 72-year-old singer, as a 2020 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.
“What makes Cliff 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 singer have already been named ‘Jamaican Of The Year’ by some major Jamaican newspapers and even ‘St James Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in St James (Jimmy Cliff's hometown).
Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year
A representative for the singer was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:
“Jimmy Cliff Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 23 Oct 2020
“Congrats! Jimmy has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 23 Oct 2020
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Jimmy Cliff?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 23 Oct 2020
Could 2020 officially be the Year of Jimmy Cliff?
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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