Tom Rodriguez, TIME's Person of the Year 2021?

Tom Rodriguez among finalists for TIME’s 2021 Person of the Year?

According to a top source, Tom Rodriguez 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 16/01/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Rodriguez 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 33-year-old actor, as a 2021 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Rodriguez 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 ‘Filipino Of The Year’ by some major Filipino newspapers and even ‘Olongapo City Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Olongapo City (Tom Rodriguez'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:

“#RodriguezPOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 15 Jan 2021
“Congrats! Tom has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 15 Jan 2021
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Tom Rodriguez?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 15 Jan 2021

Could 2021 officially be the Year of Tom Rodriguez?

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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