According to a well-placed source, Ana Maria Braga is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2017. But while the television host's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.
UPDATE 11/12/2017 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Why not Braga 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 68-year-old television host, as a 2017 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.
“What makes Braga 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 television host have already been named ‘Brazilian Of The Year’ by some major Brazilian newspapers and even ‘São Joaquim da Barra Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in São Joaquim da Barra (Ana Maria Braga's hometown).
Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year
A representative for the television host was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:
“Ana Maria Braga Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 10 Dec 2017
“Congrats! Ana Maria has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 10 Dec 2017
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Ana Maria Braga?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 10 Dec 2017
Could 2017 officially be the Year of Ana Maria Braga?
Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2017 Person of the Year.
Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2017?
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