According to a well-placed source, the author of J'ai fait l'con, Mes excuses and Le Divorce de Patrick Dieudonné is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2018. But while the comedian's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.
UPDATE 19/03/2018 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Why not Dieudonné 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 52-year-old comedian, as a 2018 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.
“What makes Dieudonné 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 comedian have already been named ‘French Of The Year’ by some major French newspapers and even ‘Fontenay-aux-Roses Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Fontenay-aux-Roses (Dieudonné's hometown).
Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year
A representative for the comedian was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:
“Dieudonné Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 18 Mar 2018
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveDieudonné”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 18 Mar 2018
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Dieudonné?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 18 Mar 2018
Could 2018 officially be the Year of Dieudonné?
Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2018 Person of the Year.
Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2018?
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