According to a well-placed source, Chad Michael Murray is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2014. But while the actor's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.
UPDATE 01/11/2014 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Why not Murray for Person of the Year?
The list of nominees for Time magazine’s Person of the Year is always an eclectic mix of world leaders, pop culture icons, buzzworthy names, and human rights activists. The unexpected inclusion of the 33-year-old actor, as a 2014 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.
“What makes Murray so important is the potential and influence he now has, rather than anything he has already done,” said a panelist who preferred to remain anonymous, adding that earlier this month, the actor have already been named ‘American Of The Year’ by some major American newspapers and even ‘Buffalo Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Buffalo (Chad Michael Murray's hometown).
Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year
A representative for the actor was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:
“#MurrayPOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 31 Oct 2014
“Congrats! Chad Michael has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 31 Oct 2014
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Chad Michael Murray?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 31 Oct 2014
Could 2014 officially be the Year of Chad Michael Murray?
Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2014 Person of the Year.
Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2014?
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