Willie Colón, TIME's Person of the Year 2021?

Willie Colón among finalists for TIME’s 2021 Person of the Year?

According to a well-placed source, Willie Colón is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2021. But while the musician's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 17/01/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Colón 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 70-year-old musician, as a 2021 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Colón 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 musician have already been named ‘American Of The Year’ by some major American newspapers and even ‘New York Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in New York (Willie Colón's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

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

“Willie Colón Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 16 Jan 2021
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveWillie”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 16 Jan 2021
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Willie Colón?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 16 Jan 2021

Could 2021 officially be the Year of Willie Colón?

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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