According to a well-informed source, Jacques Gaillot is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2020. But while the religious figure's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.
UPDATE 08/07/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Why not Gaillot 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 84-year-old religious figure, as a 2020 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.
“What makes Gaillot 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 religious figure have already been named ‘French Of The Year’ by some major French newspapers and even ‘Saint-Dizier Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Saint-Dizier (Jacques Gaillot's hometown).
Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year
A representative for the religious figure was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:
“Jacques Gaillot Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 7 Jul 2020
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveJacques”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 7 Jul 2020
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Jacques Gaillot?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 7 Jul 2020
Could 2020 officially be the Year of Jacques Gaillot?
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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