According to a well-placed source, Edward Burns is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2019. But while the actor's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.
UPDATE 20/04/2019 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Why not Burns 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 51-year-old actor, as a 2019 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.
“What makes Burns 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 actor have already been named ‘American Of The Year’ by some major American newspapers and even ‘New York Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in New York (Edward Burns' hometown).
Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year
A representative for the actor was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:
“Edward Burns Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 19 Apr 2019
“Congrats! Edward has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 19 Apr 2019
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Edward Burns?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 19 Apr 2019
Could 2019 officially be the Year of Edward Burns?
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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