Magic Johnson, TIME's Person of the Year 2019?

Former Lakers star among finalists for TIME’s 2019 Person of the Year?

According to a well-placed source, Former Lakers star Magic Johnson is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2019. But while the basketball player's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 18/08/2019 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Johnson 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 60-year-old basketball player, as a 2019 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Johnson 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 basketball player have already been named ‘American Of The Year’ by some major American newspapers and even ‘Lansing Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Lansing (Magic Johnson's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

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

“#JohnsonPOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 17 Aug 2019
“Congrats! Magic has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 17 Aug 2019
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Magic Johnson?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 17 Aug 2019

Could 2019 officially be the Year of Magic Johnson?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2019 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2019?

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