According to a reliable source, the author of the Map and the Territory and Atomised Michel Houellebecq is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2020. But while the author's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.
UPDATE 29/10/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Why not Houellebecq 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 62-year-old author, as a 2020 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.
“What makes Houellebecq 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 ‘French Of The Year’ by some major French newspapers and even ‘La Réunion Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in La Réunion (Michel Houellebecq'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:
“Michel Houellebecq Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 28 Oct 2020
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveMichel”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 28 Oct 2020
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Michel Houellebecq?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 28 Oct 2020
Could 2020 officially be the Year of Michel Houellebecq?
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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