Time magazine is preparing for its upcoming Person of the Year issue, hosting a panel Tuesday to discuss possible contenders. Among the names to emerge? Late Apple CEO Steve Jobs...and the Occupy Wall Street movement.
The Person of the Year is ultimately chosen by Time editors, though readers have a chance to weigh in on the nominees through a poll.
As The Blaze previously reported, this was the same panel during which celebrity chef Mario Batali equated the banking industry with Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin.
NBC News anchor Brian Williams advocated strongly for Jobs, who died last month. If selected, Jobs would be the first person to receive the title posthumously.
But actor Jesse Eisenberg and "Saturday Night Live" cast member Seth Myers were both open to the possibility of awarding the title to Occupy Wall Street demonstrators.
Eisenberg, who played Mark Zuckerberg in 2010's "The Social Network," said this year has been about populist movements, both domestically and abroad.
"This year kind of the notion of the populists, these individuals that domestically we have the Tea Party, the Occupy Wall Street movement and then internationally the Arab Spring, have been made up of individuals that are part of populist movements," he said. "It always seems like in a year where those movements have caused the greatest world shifts an individual as the person of the year might undercut the significance of those movements made by the populists."
Myers said he agreed Eisenberg, adding he was on Time's panel in 2008 when the financial crisis was starting and doesn't think things are any better now.
“I do think that sort of 'angry people' are the Person of the Year because I think they’re right to be angry,” Myers said.