According to a well-placed source, Natalia Verbeke is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2021. But while the actress' fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.
UPDATE 21/04/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Why not Verbeke 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 46-year-old actress, as a 2021 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.
“What makes Verbeke 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 actress have already been named ‘Spaniard Of The Year’ by some major Spanish newspapers and even ‘Buenos Aires Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Buenos Aires (Natalia Verbeke's hometown).
Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year
A representative for the actress was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:
“Natalia Verbeke Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 20 Apr 2021
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveNatalia”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 20 Apr 2021
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Natalia Verbeke?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 20 Apr 2021
Could 2021 officially be the Year of Natalia Verbeke?
Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2021 Person of the Year.
Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2021?
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