According to a reliable source, Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2020. But while the guitarist's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.
UPDATE 01/06/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Why not Wood 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 73-year-old guitarist, as a 2020 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.
“What makes Wood 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 guitarist have already been named ‘Briton Of The Year’ by some major British newspapers and even ‘Hillingdon Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Hillingdon (Ronnie Wood's hometown).
Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year
A representative for the guitarist was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:
“Ronnie Wood Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 31 May 2020
“Congrats! Ronnie has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 31 May 2020
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Ronnie Wood?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 31 May 2020
Could 2020 officially be the Year of Ronnie Wood?
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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