According to a well-placed source, Ang Lee is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2021. But while the director's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.
UPDATE 27/11/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Why not Lee 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 director, as a 2021 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.
“What makes Lee 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 director have already been named ‘Taiwanese Of The Year’ by some major Taiwanese newspapers and even ‘Chaochou Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Chaochou (Ang Lee's hometown).
Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year
A representative for the director was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:
“#LeePOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 26 Nov 2021
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveAng”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 26 Nov 2021
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Ang Lee?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 26 Nov 2021
Could 2021 officially be the Year of Ang Lee?
Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2021 Person of the Year.
Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2021?
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