New Yorkers reacted on Wednesday to Time magazine naming Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as the Person of the Year.
Those polled were generally positive about Zelensky and his efforts.
“I think it’s amazing, as he should be. He’s standing for his country, for his people against a sick dictator like Putin, and he’s shown such courage and bravery. I think he is absolutely the person of the year. It makes me really happy. It’s awesome,” said Monica, a citizen.
“I think he should be the person of the year. I think he’s a hero for his country, and I think a lot of people can learn by example from what he’s done for his people,” stated another citizen, Sharon.
However, some of them believed that, while Zelensky deserved to be recognized, Time magazine should not name a person involved in a war as Person of the Year.
“Yes, the war in Ukraine is huge, massive, and important, but I feel a lot of media organisations portray him as this saint who is untouchable, when at the end of the day, he’s a politician after all, and he has his faults. I’m not going to go into details, but he has things that are not perfect about him,” said Simon.