Venus Williams, TIME's Person of the Year 2017?

Venus Williams among finalists for TIME’s 2017 Person of the Year?

According to a reliable source, Venus Williams is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2017. But while the tennis player's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 24/11/2017 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Williams 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 37-year-old tennis player, as a 2017 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Williams so important is the potential and influence she now has, rather than anything she has already done,” said a panelist who preferred to remain anonymous, adding that earlier this month, the tennis player have already been named ‘American Of The Year’ by some major American newspapers and even ‘Lynwood Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Lynwood (Venus Williams' hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

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

“#WilliamsPOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 23 Nov 2017
“Congrats! Venus has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 23 Nov 2017
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Venus Williams?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 23 Nov 2017

Could 2017 officially be the Year of Venus Williams?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2017 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2017?

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