Mahershala Ali, TIME's Person of the Year 2021?

Mahershala Ali among finalists for TIME’s 2021 Person of the Year?

According to a well-informed source, Mahershala Ali is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2021. But while the actor's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 04/12/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Ali 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 47-year-old actor, as a 2021 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Ali 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 actor have already been named ‘American Of The Year’ by some major American newspapers and even ‘Hayward Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Hayward (Mahershala Ali's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

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

“Mahershala Ali Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 3 Dec 2021
“Congrats! Mahershala has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 3 Dec 2021
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Mahershala Ali?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 3 Dec 2021

Could 2021 officially be the Year of Mahershala Ali?

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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