Ivan Reitman, TIME's Person of the Year 2020?

Ivan Reitman among finalists for TIME’s 2020 Person of the Year?

According to a reliable source, Ivan Reitman is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2020. But while the director's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 28/11/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Reitman 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 74-year-old director, as a 2020 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Reitman 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 director have already been named ‘Canadian Of The Year’ by some major Canadian newspapers and even ‘Komárno Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Komárno (Ivan Reitman's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

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

“Ivan Reitman Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 27 Nov 2020
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveIvan”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 27 Nov 2020
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Ivan Reitman?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 27 Nov 2020

Could 2020 officially be the Year of Ivan Reitman?

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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