According to a well-informed source, Emir Kusturica is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2014. But while the director's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.
UPDATE 11/03/2014 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Why not Kusturica 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 59-year-old director, as a 2014 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.
“What makes Kusturica 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 director have already been named ‘Serbian Of The Year’ by some major Serbian newspapers and even ‘Sarajevo Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Sarajevo (Emir Kusturica's hometown).
Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year
A representative for the director was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:
“Emir Kusturica Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 10 Mar 2014
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveEmir”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 10 Mar 2014
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Emir Kusturica?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 10 Mar 2014
Could 2014 officially be the Year of Emir Kusturica?
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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