Carl XVI Gustaf, TIME's Person of the Year 2020?

Sweden's King among finalists for TIME’s 2020 Person of the Year?

According to a well-informed source, the Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2020. But while the monarch's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 25/11/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Carl XVI Gustaf 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 monarch, as a 2020 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Carl XVI Gustaf 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 monarch have already been named ‘Swedish Of The Year’ by some major Swedish newspapers and even ‘Solna Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Solna (Carl XVI Gustaf's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

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

“Carl XVI Gustaf Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 24 Nov 2020
“Congrats! Carl Gustaf has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 24 Nov 2020
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Carl XVI Gustaf?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 24 Nov 2020

Could 2020 officially be the Year of Carl XVI Gustaf?

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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