According to a well-informed source, Marthe Villalonga is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2018. But while the actress' fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.
UPDATE 17/12/2017 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Why not Villalonga 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 85-year-old actress, as a 2018 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.
“What makes Villalonga so important is the potential and influence she now has, rather than anything she has already done,” said a panelist who preferred to remain anonymous, adding that earlier this month, the actress have already been named ‘French Of The Year’ by some major French newspapers and even ‘Fort-de-l'Eau Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Fort-de-l'Eau (Marthe Villalonga's hometown).
Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year
A representative for the actress was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:
“Marthe Villalonga Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 16 Dec 2017
“Congrats! Marthe has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 16 Dec 2017
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Marthe Villalonga?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 16 Dec 2017
Could 2018 officially be the Year of Marthe Villalonga?
Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2018 Person of the Year.
Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2018?
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