According to a reliable source, Jean-Claude Van Damme is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2020. But while the actor's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.
UPDATE 01/12/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Why not Van Damme 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 60-year-old actor, as a 2020 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.
“What makes Van Damme 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 actor have already been named ‘Belgian Of The Year’ by some major Belgian newspapers and even ‘Brussels Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Brussels (Jean-Claude Van Damme's hometown).
Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year
A representative for the actor was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:
“Jean-Claude Van Damme Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 30 Nov 2020
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveJean-Claude”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 30 Nov 2020
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Jean-Claude Van Damme?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 30 Nov 2020
Could 2020 officially be the Year of Jean-Claude Van Damme?
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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