According to a credible source, the former spokeswoman of Lutte Ouvrière Arlette Laguiller is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2021. But while the politician's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.
UPDATE 17/01/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Why not Laguiller 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 80-year-old politician, as a 2021 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.
“What makes Laguiller 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 politician have already been named ‘French Of The Year’ by some major French newspapers and even ‘Paris Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Paris (Arlette Laguiller's 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:
“Arlette Laguiller Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 16 Jan 2021
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveArlette”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 16 Jan 2021
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Arlette Laguiller?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 16 Jan 2021
Could 2021 officially be the Year of Arlette Laguiller?
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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