According to a well-placed source, Aaron Neville is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2019. But while the singer's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.
UPDATE 21/10/2019 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Why not Neville 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 78-year-old singer, as a 2019 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.
“What makes Neville 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 singer have already been named ‘American Of The Year’ by some major American newspapers and even ‘New Orleans Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in New Orleans (Aaron Neville's hometown).
Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year
A representative for the singer was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:
“#NevillePOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 20 Oct 2019
“Congrats! Aaron has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 20 Oct 2019
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Aaron Neville?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 20 Oct 2019
Could 2019 officially be the Year of Aaron Neville?
Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2019 Person of the Year.
Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2019?
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