According to a well-informed source, Vanessa Redgrave is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2019. But while the actress' fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.
UPDATE 18/06/2019 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Why not Redgrave 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 82-year-old actress, as a 2019 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.
“What makes Redgrave 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 actress have already been named ‘English Of The Year’ by some major English newspapers and even ‘London Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in London (Vanessa Redgrave's hometown).
Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year
A representative for the actress was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:
“Vanessa Redgrave Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 17 Jun 2019
“Congrats! Vanessa has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 17 Jun 2019
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Vanessa Redgrave?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 17 Jun 2019
Could 2019 officially be the Year of Vanessa Redgrave?
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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