Sharlto Copley, TIME's Person of the Year 2021?

Sharlto Copley among finalists for TIME’s 2021 Person of the Year?

According to a reliable source, Sharlto Copley 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 19/01/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Copley 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 Copley 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 ‘South African Of The Year’ by some major South African newspapers and even ‘Pretoria Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Pretoria (Sharlto Copley'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:

“#CopleyPOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 18 Jan 2021
“Congrats! Sharlto has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 18 Jan 2021
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Sharlto Copley?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 18 Jan 2021

Could 2021 officially be the Year of Sharlto Copley?

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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