According to a well-placed source, Liu Xiang is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2020. But while the athlete's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.
UPDATE 29/03/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Why not Liu 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 athlete, as a 2020 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.
“What makes Liu 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 athlete have already been named ‘Chinese Of The Year’ by some major Chinese newspapers and even ‘Shanghai Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Shanghai (Liu Xiang's hometown).
Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year
A representative for the athlete was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:
“Liu Xiang Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 28 Mar 2020
“Congrats! Xiang has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 28 Mar 2020
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Liu Xiang?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 28 Mar 2020
Could 2020 officially be the Year of Liu Xiang?
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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