According to a top source, Miss Universe 1996 Alicia Machado is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2020. But while the actress' fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.
UPDATE 29/11/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Why not Machado 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 43-year-old actress, as a 2020 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.
“What makes Machado 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 ‘Venezuelan Of The Year’ by some major Venezuelan newspapers and even ‘Maracay Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Maracay (Alicia Machado'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:
“#MachadoPOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 28 Nov 2020
“Congrats! Alicia has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 28 Nov 2020
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Alicia Machado?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 28 Nov 2020
Could 2020 officially be the Year of Alicia Machado?
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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