Bindi Irwin, TIME's Person of the Year 2019?

Bindi Irwin among finalists for TIME’s 2019 Person of the Year?

According to a well-informed source, Bindi Irwin is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2019. But while the actress' fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 21/01/2019 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Irwin 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 20-year-old actress, as a 2019 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Irwin 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 actress have already been named ‘Australian Of The Year’ by some major Australian newspapers and even ‘Buderim Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Buderim (Bindi Irwin's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

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

“Bindi Irwin Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 20 Jan 2019
“Congrats! Bindi has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 20 Jan 2019
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Bindi Irwin?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 20 Jan 2019

Could 2019 officially be the Year of Bindi Irwin?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2019 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2019?

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