Tony Jaa, TIME's Person of the Year 2018?

Tony Jaa among finalists for TIME’s 2018 Person of the Year?

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According to a top source, Tony Jaa is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2018. But while the actor's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 15/12/2017 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Jaa 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 41-year-old actor, as a 2018 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Jaa 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 ‘Thai Of The Year’ by some major Thai newspapers and even ‘Isaan Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Isaan (Tony Jaa'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:

“Tony Jaa Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 14 Dec 2017
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveTony”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 14 Dec 2017
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Tony Jaa?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 14 Dec 2017

Could 2018 officially be the Year of Tony Jaa?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2018 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2018?

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