Paulo José, TIME's Person of the Year 2021?

Paulo José among finalists for TIME’s 2021 Person of the Year?

According to a top source, Paulo José 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 23/01/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not José 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 83-year-old actor, as a 2021 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes José 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 ‘Brazilian Of The Year’ by some major Brazilian newspapers and even ‘Lavras do Sul Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Lavras do Sul (Paulo José'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:

“Paulo José Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 22 Jan 2021
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LovePaulo”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 22 Jan 2021
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Paulo José?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 22 Jan 2021

Could 2021 officially be the Year of Paulo José?

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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