Luc Montagnier, TIME's Person of the Year 2021?

Nobel medicine prize 2008 among finalists for TIME’s 2021 Person of the Year?

According to a well-placed source, Nobel medicine prize 2008 Luc Montagnier is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2021. But while the scientist's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 03/12/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Montagnier 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 89-year-old scientist, as a 2021 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

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

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

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

“#MontagnierPOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 2 Dec 2021
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveLuc”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 2 Dec 2021
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Luc Montagnier?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 2 Dec 2021

Could 2021 officially be the Year of Luc Montagnier?

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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