Roman Polanski, TIME's Person of the Year 2019?

Roman Polanski among finalists for TIME’s 2019 Person of the Year?

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According to a well-informed source, Roman Polanski is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2019. But while the director's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 09/12/2019 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Polanski 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 86-year-old director, as a 2019 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Polanski 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 ‘French Of The Year’ by some major French newspapers and even ‘Paris Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Paris (Roman Polanski'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:

“Roman Polanski Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 8 Dec 2019
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveRoman”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 8 Dec 2019
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Roman Polanski?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 8 Dec 2019

Could 2019 officially be the Year of Roman Polanski?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2019 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2019?

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