Paul Verhoeven, TIME's Person of the Year 2021?

Paul Verhoeven among finalists for TIME’s 2021 Person of the Year?

According to a reliable source, Paul Verhoeven is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2021. But while the director's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 06/12/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Verhoeven 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 83-year-old director, as a 2021 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Verhoeven 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 director have already been named ‘Dutch Of The Year’ by some major Dutch newspapers and even ‘Amsterdam Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Amsterdam (Paul Verhoeven's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

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

“#VerhoevenPOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 5 Dec 2021
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LovePaul”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 5 Dec 2021
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Paul Verhoeven?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 5 Dec 2021

Could 2021 officially be the Year of Paul Verhoeven?

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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