According to a reliable source, Bill Gates' wife Melinda Gates is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2020. But while the business woman's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.
UPDATE 12/07/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Why not Gates 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 55-year-old business woman, as a 2020 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.
“What makes Gates 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 business woman have already been named ‘American Of The Year’ by some major American newspapers and even ‘Dallas Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Dallas (Melinda Gates' hometown).
Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year
A representative for the business woman was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:
“Melinda Gates Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 11 Jul 2020
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveMelinda”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 11 Jul 2020
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Melinda Gates?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 11 Jul 2020
Could 2020 officially be the Year of Melinda Gates?
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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