According to a well-informed source, Van Halen drummer Alex Van Halen is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2020. But while the musician's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.
UPDATE 02/12/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Why not Van Halen 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 67-year-old musician, as a 2020 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.
“What makes Van Halen 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 musician have already been named ‘American Of The Year’ by some major American newspapers and even ‘Amsterdam Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Amsterdam (Alex Van Halen's hometown).
Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year
A representative for the musician was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:
“Alex Van Halen Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 1 Dec 2020
“Congrats! Alex has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 1 Dec 2020
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Alex Van Halen?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 1 Dec 2020
Could 2020 officially be the Year of Alex Van Halen?
Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2020 Person of the Year.
Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2020?
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