According to a well-placed source, the former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2019. But while the politician's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.
UPDATE 24/03/2019 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Why not Barak 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 77-year-old politician, as a 2019 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.
“What makes Barak 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 politician have already been named ‘Israelian Of The Year’ by some major Israelian newspapers and even ‘Mishmar HaSharon Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Mishmar HaSharon (Ehud Barak's hometown).
Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year
A representative for the politician was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:
“#BarakPOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 23 Mar 2019
“Congrats! Ehud has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 23 Mar 2019
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Ehud Barak?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 23 Mar 2019
Could 2019 officially be the Year of Ehud Barak?
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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