According to a reliable source, France Inter's director Philippe Val is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2021. But while the journalist's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.
UPDATE 02/12/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Why not Val 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 69-year-old journalist, as a 2021 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.
“What makes Val 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 journalist have already been named ‘French Of The Year’ by some major French newspapers and even ‘Neuilly-sur-Seine Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Neuilly-sur-Seine (Philippe Val's hometown).
Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year
A representative for the journalist was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:
“Philippe Val Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 1 Dec 2021
“Congrats! Philippe has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 1 Dec 2021
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Philippe Val?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 1 Dec 2021
Could 2021 officially be the Year of Philippe Val?
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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