Michèle Bernier, TIME's Person of the Year 2018?

Michèle Bernier among finalists for TIME’s 2018 Person of the Year?

According to a well-placed source, Michèle Bernier is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2018. But while the comedienne's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 23/10/2018 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Bernier 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 comedienne, as a 2018 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Bernier 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 comedienne have already been named ‘French Of The Year’ by some major French newspapers and even ‘Paris Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Paris (Michèle Bernier's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

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

“Michèle Bernier Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 22 Oct 2018
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveMichèle”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 22 Oct 2018
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Michèle Bernier?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 22 Oct 2018

Could 2018 officially be the Year of Michèle Bernier?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2018 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2018?

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