Richard O'Brien, TIME's Person of the Year 2020?

Richard O'Brien among finalists for TIME’s 2020 Person of the Year?

According to a reliable source, Richard O'Brien is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2020. But while the actor'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 O'Brien 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 78-year-old actor, as a 2020 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes O'Brien 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 actor have already been named ‘New Zealander Of The Year’ by some major newspapers and even ‘Cheltenham Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Cheltenham (Richard O'Brien's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

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

“Richard O'Brien 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 O'Brien?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 30 Nov 2020

Could 2020 officially be the Year of Richard O'Brien?

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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