Vir Das, TIME's Person of the Year 2021?

Vir Das among finalists for TIME’s 2021 Person of the Year?

According to a credible source, Vir Das 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 24/06/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Das 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 42-year-old actor, as a 2021 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Das 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 ‘Indian Of The Year’ by some major Indian newspapers and even ‘Dehradun Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Dehradun (Vir Das' 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:

“#DasPOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 23 Jun 2021
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveVir”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 23 Jun 2021
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Vir Das?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 23 Jun 2021

Could 2021 officially be the Year of Vir Das?

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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