Valérie Payet, TIME's Person of the Year 2019?

Valérie Payet among finalists for TIME’s 2019 Person of the Year?

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

UPDATE 18/09/2019 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Payet 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 journalist, as a 2019 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Payet so important is the potential and influence she now has, rather than anything she has already done,” said a panelist who preferred to remain anonymous, adding that earlier this month, the journalist have already been named ‘French Of The Year’ by some major French newspapers and even ‘Saint-Raphaël Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Saint-Raphaël (Valérie Payet's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

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

“#PayetPOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 17 Sep 2019
“Congrats! Valérie has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 17 Sep 2019
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Valérie Payet?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 17 Sep 2019

Could 2019 officially be the Year of Valérie Payet?

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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