La Fouine, TIME's Person of the Year 2019?

La Fouine among finalists for TIME’s 2019 Person of the Year?

According to a well-informed source, La Fouine is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2019. But while the rapper's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 14/12/2018 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not La Fouine 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 36-year-old rapper, as a 2019 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes La Fouine 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 rapper have already been named ‘French Of The Year’ by some major French newspapers and even ‘Trappes Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Trappes (La Fouine's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

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

“La Fouine Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 13 Dec 2018
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveLa Fouine”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 13 Dec 2018
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not La Fouine?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 13 Dec 2018

Could 2019 officially be the Year of La Fouine?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2019 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2019?

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