Matt Groening, TIME's Person of the Year 2021?

‘The Simpsons’ creator among finalists for TIME’s 2021 Person of the Year?

According to a well-placed source, the creator of Futurama and The Simpsons Matt Groening is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2021. But while the cartoonist's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 14/05/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Groening 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 67-year-old cartoonist, as a 2021 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Groening 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 cartoonist have already been named ‘American Of The Year’ by some major American newspapers and even ‘Portland Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Portland (Matt Groening's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

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

“Matt Groening Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 13 May 2021
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveMatt”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 13 May 2021
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Matt Groening?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 13 May 2021

Could 2021 officially be the Year of Matt Groening?

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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