Yoko Ono, TIME's Person of the Year 2023?
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According to a reliable source, John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2023. But while the artist's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.
UPDATE 01/04/2023 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Why not Ono 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 90-year-old artist, as a 2023 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.
“What makes Ono 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 artist have already been named ‘Japanese Of The Year’ by some major Japanese newspapers and even ‘Tokyo Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Tokyo (Yoko Ono's hometown).
Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year
A representative for the artist was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:
“#OnoPOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 31 Mar 2023
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveYoko”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 31 Mar 2023
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Yoko Ono?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 31 Mar 2023
Could 2023 officially be the Year of Yoko Ono?
Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2023 Person of the Year.
Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2023?
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