According to a top source, Callalily lead singer Kean Cipriano is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2021. But while the singer's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.
UPDATE 20/06/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Why not Cipriano 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 34-year-old singer, as a 2021 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.
“What makes Cipriano 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 ‘Filipino Of The Year’ by some major Filipino newspapers and even ‘Pasig City Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Pasig City (Kean Cipriano'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:
“Kean Cipriano Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 19 Jun 2021
“Congrats! Kean has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 19 Jun 2021
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Kean Cipriano?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 19 Jun 2021
Could 2021 officially be the Year of Kean Cipriano?
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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