According to a reliable source, Thora Birch is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2014. But while the actress' fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.
UPDATE 01/08/2014 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Why not Birch 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 32-year-old actress, as a 2014 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.
“What makes Birch so important is the potential and influence she now has, rather than anything she has already done,” said a panelist who preferred to remain anonymous, adding that earlier this month, the actress have already been named ‘American Of The Year’ by some major American newspapers and even ‘Los Angeles Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Los Angeles (Thora Birch's hometown).
Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year
A representative for the actress was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:
“Thora Birch Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 31 Jul 2014
“Congrats! Thora has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 31 Jul 2014
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Thora Birch?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 31 Jul 2014
Could 2014 officially be the Year of Thora Birch?
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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