Zhou Xun, TIME's Person of the Year 2021?

Zhou Xun among finalists for TIME’s 2021 Person of the Year?

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

UPDATE 12/06/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Zhou 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 2021 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Zhou 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 ‘Quzhou Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Quzhou (Zhou Xun'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:

“#ZhouPOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 11 Jun 2021
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveXun”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 11 Jun 2021
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Zhou Xun?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 11 Jun 2021

Could 2021 officially be the Year of Zhou Xun?

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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