Desmond Tutu, TIME's Person of the Year 2019?

Nobel Peace Prize 1984 among finalists for TIME’s 2019 Person of the Year?

According to a reliable source, Nobel Peace Prize 1984 Desmond Tutu is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2019. But while the religious figure's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 18/08/2019 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Tutu 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 87-year-old religious figure, as a 2019 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Tutu 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 religious figure have already been named ‘South African Of The Year’ by some major South African newspapers and even ‘Klerksdorp Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Klerksdorp (Desmond Tutu's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

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

“#TutuPOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 17 Aug 2019
“Congrats! Desmond has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 17 Aug 2019
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Desmond Tutu?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 17 Aug 2019

Could 2019 officially be the Year of Desmond Tutu?

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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