According to a top source, John Lennon's son Julian Lennon is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2020. But while the musician's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.
UPDATE 04/04/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Why not Lennon 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 56-year-old musician, as a 2020 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.
“What makes Lennon 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 musician have already been named ‘Briton Of The Year’ by some major British newspapers and even ‘Liverpool Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Liverpool (Julian Lennon's hometown).
Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year
A representative for the musician was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:
“Julian Lennon Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 3 Apr 2020
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveJulian”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 3 Apr 2020
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Julian Lennon?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 3 Apr 2020
Could 2020 officially be the Year of Julian Lennon?
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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