Ritchie Blackmore, TIME's Person of the Year 2021?

Deep Purple original guitarist among finalists for TIME’s 2021 Person of the Year?

According to a top source, Deep Purple original guitarist Ritchie Blackmore is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2021. But while the guitarist's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 24/01/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Blackmore 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 guitarist, as a 2021 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Blackmore 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 guitarist have already been named ‘English Of The Year’ by some major English newspapers and even ‘Weston-super-Mare Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Weston-super-Mare (Ritchie Blackmore's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

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

“Ritchie Blackmore Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 23 Jan 2021
“Congrats! Ritchie has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 23 Jan 2021
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Ritchie Blackmore?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 23 Jan 2021

Could 2021 officially be the Year of Ritchie Blackmore?

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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