Bob Balaban, TIME's Person of the Year 2020?

Bob Balaban among finalists for TIME’s 2020 Person of the Year?

According to a reliable source, Bob Balaban 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 24/01/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Balaban 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 74-year-old actor, as a 2020 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Balaban 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 ‘American Of The Year’ by some major American newspapers and even ‘Chicago Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Chicago (Bob Balaban'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:

“Bob Balaban Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 23 Jan 2020
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveBob”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 23 Jan 2020
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Bob Balaban?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 23 Jan 2020

Could 2020 officially be the Year of Bob Balaban?

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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