Philippe Sollers, TIME's Person of the Year 2021?

‘Women’ author among finalists for TIME’s 2021 Person of the Year?

According to a well-informed source, the author of Women and Paradise Philippe Sollers is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2021. But while the author's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 10/04/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Sollers 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 84-year-old author, as a 2021 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Sollers 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 ‘Talence Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Talence (Philippe Sollers' 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:

“Philippe Sollers Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 9 Apr 2021
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LovePhilippe”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 9 Apr 2021
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Philippe Sollers?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 9 Apr 2021

Could 2021 officially be the Year of Philippe Sollers?

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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