Jonny Buckland, TIME's Person of the Year 2021?

Coldplay guitarist among finalists for TIME’s 2021 Person of the Year?

According to a credible source, Coldplay guitarist Jonny Buckland is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2021. But while the musician's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 31/07/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Buckland 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 43-year-old musician, as a 2021 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Buckland 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 musician have already been named ‘Briton Of The Year’ by some major British newspapers and even ‘London Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in London (Jonny Buckland's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

A representative for the musician was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:

“Jonny Buckland Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 30 Jul 2021
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveJonny”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 30 Jul 2021
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Jonny Buckland?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 30 Jul 2021

Could 2021 officially be the Year of Jonny Buckland?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2021 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2021?

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