Max Handelman, TIME's Person of the Year 2019?

Max Handelman among finalists for TIME’s 2019 Person of the Year?

According to a reliable source, Max Handelman is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2019. But while the author'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 Handelman 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 45-year-old author, as a 2019 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Handelman 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 author 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 (Max Handelman's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

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

“Max Handelman Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 13 Dec 2018
“Congrats! Max has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 13 Dec 2018
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Max Handelman?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 13 Dec 2018

Could 2019 officially be the Year of Max Handelman?

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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