Terry Richardson, TIME's Person of the Year 2019?

Terry Richardson among finalists for TIME’s 2019 Person of the Year?

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

UPDATE 19/09/2019 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Richardson 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 54-year-old photographer, as a 2019 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Richardson 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 photographer have already been named ‘American Of The Year’ by some major American newspapers and even ‘New York Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in New York (Terry Richardson's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

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

“Terry Richardson Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 18 Sep 2019
“Congrats! Terry has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 18 Sep 2019
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Terry Richardson?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 18 Sep 2019

Could 2019 officially be the Year of Terry Richardson?

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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