Wednesday, 15 August, 2018

Colin Kaepernick a finalist for Time magazine's 'Person of the Year'

Patty Jenkins on the Shortlist for TIME's Person of the Year Colin Kaepernick a finalist for Time magazine's 'Person of the Year'
Melinda Barton | 04 December, 2017, 20:12

The final 10, revealed Monday morning on NBC's "Today" show, also includes President Donald Trump, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, "Wonder Woman" director Patty Jenkins, The Dreamers, the #MeToo movement, former National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick, special counsel Robert Mueller, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

This year's list is a smattering of everyone from business moguls to world leaders to political movements.

Time magazine may have surprised some people when it revealed the shortlist for its 2017 Person of the Year.

But after Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was flooded with dozens of sexual assault allegations, the movement gained huge momentum as thousands of women used the #MeToo hashtag to help demonstrate how pervasive of a problem harassment is.

One of the names noticeably missing from the list was former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who had been among the finalists past year but ultimately lost out to President Trump.

Kaepernick was the first NFL player to take a knee during the national anthem a year ago, describing it as a means of protesting police brutality and racial inequality in the United States.

Trump last month tweeted that Time magazine had called him to say he would "probably" receive the honor, but he turned the chance down.

Trump was awarded the title previous year.

Also on Time's list is Robert Mueller, the special counsel probing the Trump campaign's possible ties to Russian Federation. Trump has also proposed ending DACA, a program that gives legal status to "Dreamers", undocumented immigrants that have been in the USA since they were children.

Time's Person of the Year, which has been a staple of the magazine since 1927, is given to a person who most impacts the year's news cycle. Patty Jenkins' "Wonder Woman" smashed records at the box office this summer and women everywhere celebrated.

Free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been named one of the ten finalists for TIME's 2017 Person of the Year award, along with President Trump, Jeff Bezos, the #MeToo Movement and others.