Brian De Palma, TIME's Person of the Year 2019?

Brian De Palma among finalists for TIME’s 2019 Person of the Year?

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According to a top source, Brian De Palma is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2019. But while the director's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 21/09/2019 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not De Palma 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 79-year-old director, as a 2019 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes De Palma 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 director have already been named ‘American Of The Year’ by some major American newspapers and even ‘Newark Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Newark (Brian De Palma's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

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

“Brian De Palma Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 20 Sep 2019
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveBrian”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 20 Sep 2019
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Brian De Palma?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 20 Sep 2019

Could 2019 officially be the Year of Brian De Palma?

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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