According to a well-informed source, the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2021. But while the politician's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.
UPDATE 23/01/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Why not Trudeau 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 49-year-old politician, as a 2021 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.
“What makes Trudeau 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 politician have already been named ‘Canadian Of The Year’ by some major Canadian newspapers and even ‘Ottawa Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Ottawa (Justin Trudeau's hometown).
Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year
A representative for the politician was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:
“Justin Trudeau Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 22 Jan 2021
“Congrats! Justin has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 22 Jan 2021
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Justin Trudeau?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 22 Jan 2021
Could 2021 officially be the Year of Justin Trudeau?
Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2021 Person of the Year.
Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2021?
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