Zhao Wei, TIME's Person of the Year 2022?

Zhao Wei among finalists for TIME’s 2022 Person of the Year?

According to a credible source, Zhao Wei is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2022. But while the actress' fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 10/08/2022 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Zhao 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 46-year-old actress, as a 2022 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Zhao 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 actress have already been named ‘Chinese Of The Year’ by some major Chinese newspapers and even ‘Wuhu Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Wuhu (Zhao Wei's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

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

“Zhao Wei Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 9 Aug 2022
“Congrats! Wei has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 9 Aug 2022
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Zhao Wei?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 9 Aug 2022

Could 2022 officially be the Year of Zhao Wei?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2022 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2022?

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