According to a reliable source, Eagles ex-bassist Randy Meisner is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2021. But while the musician's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.
UPDATE 19/04/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Why not Meisner 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 75-year-old musician, as a 2021 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.
“What makes Meisner 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 musician have already been named ‘American Of The Year’ by some major American newspapers and even ‘Scottsbluff Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Scottsbluff (Randy Meisner's hometown).
Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year
A representative for the musician was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:
“#MeisnerPOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 18 Apr 2021
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveRandy”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 18 Apr 2021
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Randy Meisner?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 18 Apr 2021
Could 2021 officially be the Year of Randy Meisner?
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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