Greta Thunberg, TIME's Person of the Year 2021?

Teen climate activist among finalists for TIME’s 2021 Person of the Year?

According to a credible source, Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2021. But while the activist's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 17/04/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Thunberg 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 18-year-old activist, as a 2021 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Thunberg so important is the potential and influence she now has, rather than anything she has already done,” said a panelist who preferred to remain anonymous, adding that earlier this month, the activist have already been named ‘Swedish Of The Year’ by some major Swedish newspapers and even ‘Stockholm Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Stockholm (Greta Thunberg's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

A representative for the activist was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:

“Greta Thunberg Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 16 Apr 2021
“Congrats! Greta has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 16 Apr 2021
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Greta Thunberg?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 16 Apr 2021

Could 2021 officially be the Year of Greta Thunberg?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2021 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2021?

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