According to a credible source, Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2019. But while the activist's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.
UPDATE 20/10/2019 : 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 16-year-old activist, as a 2019 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:
“#ThunbergPOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 19 Oct 2019
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveGreta”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 19 Oct 2019
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Greta Thunberg?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 19 Oct 2019
Could 2019 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 2019 Person of the Year.
Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2019?
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