According to a credible source, Richard Curtis is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2020. But while the screenwriter's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.
UPDATE 01/12/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Why not Curtis 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 64-year-old screenwriter, as a 2020 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.
“What makes Curtis 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 screenwriter have already been named ‘New Zealander Of The Year’ by some major newspapers and even ‘Wellington Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Wellington (Richard Curtis' hometown).
Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year
A representative for the screenwriter was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:
“Richard Curtis Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 30 Nov 2020
“Congrats! Richard has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 30 Nov 2020
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Richard Curtis?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 30 Nov 2020
Could 2020 officially be the Year of Richard Curtis?
Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2020 Person of the Year.
Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2020?
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