According to a well-placed source, Sergio Mendes is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2019. But while the musician's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.
UPDATE 20/02/2019 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Why not Mendes 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 musician, as a 2019 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.
“What makes Mendes 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 musician have already been named ‘Brazilian Of The Year’ by some major Brazilian newspapers and even ‘Niterói Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Niterói (Sergio Mendes' hometown).
Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year
A representative for the musician was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:
“Sergio Mendes Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 19 Feb 2019
“Congrats! Sergio has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 19 Feb 2019
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Sergio Mendes?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 19 Feb 2019
Could 2019 officially be the Year of Sergio Mendes?
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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