Bernard Werber, TIME's Person of the Year 2024?

‘Empire of the Ants’ author among finalists for TIME’s 2024 Person of the Year?

According to a well-informed source, the author of Empire of the Ants Bernard Werber is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2024. But while the author's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 19/04/2024 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Werber 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 62-year-old author, as a 2024 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Werber 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 author have already been named ‘French Of The Year’ by some major French newspapers and even ‘Toulouse Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Toulouse (Bernard Werber's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

A representative for the author was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:

“Bernard Werber Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 18 Apr 2024
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveBernard”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 18 Apr 2024
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Bernard Werber?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 18 Apr 2024

Could 2024 officially be the Year of Bernard Werber?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2024 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2024?

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