According to a reliable source, Barkhad Abdi is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2020. But while the actor'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 Abdi 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 34-year-old actor, as a 2020 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.
“What makes Abdi 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 actor have already been named ‘Somalian Of The Year’ by some major Somalian newspapers and even ‘Mogadishu Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Mogadishu (Barkhad Abdi's hometown).
Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year
A representative for the actor was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:
“Barkhad Abdi Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 28 Jan 2020
“Congrats! Barkhad has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 28 Jan 2020
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Barkhad Abdi?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 28 Jan 2020
Could 2020 officially be the Year of Barkhad Abdi?
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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