According to a credible source, Lil Uzi Vert is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2020. But while the rapper's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.
UPDATE 23/09/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Why not Uzi Vert 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 26-year-old rapper, as a 2020 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.
“What makes Uzi Vert 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 ‘Philadelphia Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Philadelphia (Lil Uzi Vert'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:
“#Uzi VertPOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 22 Sep 2020
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveLil”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 22 Sep 2020
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Lil Uzi Vert?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 22 Sep 2020
Could 2020 officially be the Year of Lil Uzi Vert?
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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