Fans Petition To Make Keanu Reeves TIME Magazine's Person of the Year
Keanu fever shows no signs of slowing down.
Keanu Reeves is known as many things -- franchise action hero, the internet's boyfriend, our respectful king, and now fans of the star want him as TIME Magazine's next 'Person of the Year'.
They're so adamant that the prestigious award should be bestowed upon the 'John Wick 3' star that a Change.org petition has been created, with the campaign stating, "Keanu is the most wholesome person alive, make him the person of the year!”
So far, the petition has gathered a whopping 37,000 signatures, which is hot on the heels of the 50,000 total aim. Comments among the campaign recognised Reeves' charitable efforts and nice-guy persona, with one user writing, "A good person, great actor, humble and kind. Seems to think about others first."
Another said, "Keanu Reeves is a true gentleman. He does lots for charity without any expectation of praise. I appreciate that he is humble and hasn't let fame take away who he is."
A press release for the petition elaborated on the campaign to get Reeves the accolade, saying, "Keanu Reeves is officially an Internet obsession. From the cult-like success of his John Wick movie franchise to stealing the spotlight in Toy Story 4, to his recent viral cameo in Allie Wong's Always Be My Maybe on Netflix, let's face it - the Canadian-American movie icon is making a resurgence."
It continued, "He's already gained the title of 'Respectful King' on Twitter this week when the Twitterverse realised that Keanu respects his female fans by using the time-honoured 'hover-hand' technique as he poses with them in photos, so what's one more title?"
The star's humility was again demonstrated during the premiere of 'Toy Story 4', where he seemed baffled over being labelled "the internet's new boyfriend".
“I’ve been what?” he replied when asked what he thought about being a cult obsession across the web.
“That’s, uh, that’s wacky,” the actor said. “Well, the positivity’s great.”
In recent years, TIME's Person of the Year has made a shift towards groups of people focused on political and social justice issues, with four journalists and a newspaper as “guardians” in “the war on truth” as its Person of the Year for 2018.
In 2017, it was awarded to the “Silence Breakers,” which celebrated women who came forward about sexual harassment in the workplace and bringing about the #MeToo era.