In the wake of Keanu Reeves' renewed popularity online, a new fan petition has been created to have the John Wick star named Time Magazine's Person of the Year.
The tradition, which began in 1927, featured aviator Charles Lindbergh as the "Man of the Year," and features a person or group that has had a significant influence on events of the year. The title of the award was changed to "Person of the Year" in 1999 to be more inclusive.
Though constantly in the spotlight since his early days in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure and River's Edge, Reeves has made something of a comeback into popular culture over the last few months. The third installment of the John Wick franchise drew favorable reviews, and has been more commercially successful than many of the "blockbuster" movies that have been released since.
Another franchise starring Reeves started production June 17th -- Bill and Ted Face the Music will hit theatres in 2020. It was also recently revealed that the actor has a part in the upcoming video game Cyberpunk 2077.
Together, these prominent pop culture coups have many calling Reeves "the Internet's boyfriend," and have led to the creation of the Person of the Year petition. Originally set with the goal of 15,000 signatures seven days ago, as of this writing the petition has raised its goal to 25,000, having broken the 15,000 mark earlier today.
The Person of the Year is usually announced in December, leaving Mr. Reeves six more months to cement his place.