Travis Barker, TIME's Person of the Year 2020?

Blink-182 drummer among finalists for TIME’s 2020 Person of the Year?

According to a well-informed source, Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2020. But while the drummer's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 01/06/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Barker 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 44-year-old drummer, as a 2020 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Barker 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 drummer have already been named ‘American Of The Year’ by some major American newspapers and even ‘Fontana Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Fontana (Travis Barker's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

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

“Travis Barker Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 31 May 2020
“Congrats! Travis has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 31 May 2020
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Travis Barker?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 31 May 2020

Could 2020 officially be the Year of Travis Barker?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2020 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2020?

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