According to a reliable source, Bill Gates' wife Melinda Gates is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2019. But while the business woman's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.
UPDATE 20/08/2019 : 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 2019 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:
“#GatesPOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 19 Aug 2019
“Congrats! Melinda has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 19 Aug 2019
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Melinda Gates?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 19 Aug 2019
Could 2019 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 2019 Person of the Year.
Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2019?
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