According to a well-informed source, Ennio Morricone is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2020. But while the composer's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.
UPDATE 16/02/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Why not Morricone 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 91-year-old composer, as a 2020 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.
“What makes Morricone 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 composer have already been named ‘Italian Of The Year’ by some major Italian newspapers and even ‘Rome Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Rome (Ennio Morricone's hometown).
Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year
A representative for the composer was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:
“Ennio Morricone Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 15 Feb 2020
“Congrats! Ennio has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 15 Feb 2020
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Ennio Morricone?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 15 Feb 2020
Could 2020 officially be the Year of Ennio Morricone?
Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2020 Person of the Year.
Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2020?
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