According to a credible source, Eason Chan is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2019. But while the singer's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.
UPDATE 06/12/2019 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Why not Chan 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 45-year-old singer, as a 2019 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.
“What makes Chan 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 singer have already been named ‘ Of The Year’ by some major newspapers and even ‘Hong Kong Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Hong Kong (Eason Chan's hometown).
Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year
A representative for the singer was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:
“Eason Chan Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 5 Dec 2019
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveEason”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 5 Dec 2019
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Eason Chan?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 5 Dec 2019
Could 2019 officially be the Year of Eason Chan?
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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