Joely Richardson, TIME's Person of the Year 2020?

Joely Richardson among finalists for TIME’s 2020 Person of the Year?

According to a well-informed source, Joely Richardson is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2020. But while the actress' fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 10/08/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Richardson 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 55-year-old actress, as a 2020 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Richardson 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 actress have already been named ‘Briton Of The Year’ by some major British newspapers and even ‘London Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in London (Joely Richardson's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

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

“Joely Richardson Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 9 Aug 2020
“Congrats! Joely has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 9 Aug 2020
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Joely Richardson?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 9 Aug 2020

Could 2020 officially be the Year of Joely Richardson?

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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