James Randi, TIME's Person of the Year 2024?

‘An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural’ author among finalists for TIME’s 2024 Person of the Year?

According to a credible source, the author of An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural James Randi is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2024. But while the illusionist's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 25/05/2024 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Randi 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 95-year-old illusionist, as a 2024 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Randi 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 illusionist have already been named ‘American Of The Year’ by some major American newspapers and even ‘Toronto Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Toronto (James Randi's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

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

“#RandiPOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 24 May 2024
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveJames”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 24 May 2024
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not James Randi?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 24 May 2024

Could 2024 officially be the Year of James Randi?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2024 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2024?

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