Zayn Malik, TIME's Person of the Year 2021?

One Direction singer among finalists for TIME’s 2021 Person of the Year?

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According to a well-informed source, One Direction singer Zayn Malik is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2021. But while the singer's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 23/01/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Malik 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 28-year-old singer, as a 2021 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Malik 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 singer have already been named ‘Briton Of The Year’ by some major British newspapers and even ‘Bradford Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Bradford (Zayn Malik's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

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

“#MalikPOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 22 Jan 2021
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveZayn”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 22 Jan 2021
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Zayn Malik?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 22 Jan 2021

Could 2021 officially be the Year of Zayn Malik?

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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