According to a well-informed source, the Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2020. But while the politician's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.
UPDATE 29/01/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Why not Guterres 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 70-year-old politician, as a 2020 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.
“What makes Guterres 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 politician have already been named ‘Portuguese Of The Year’ by some major Portuguese newspapers and even ‘Lisbon Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Lisbon (António Guterres' hometown).
Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year
A representative for the politician was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:
“#GuterresPOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 28 Jan 2020
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveAntónio”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 28 Jan 2020
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not António Guterres?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 28 Jan 2020
Could 2020 officially be the Year of António Guterres?
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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