According to a well-informed source, former WBC Welterweight Champion Victor Ortiz is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2020. But while the boxer's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.
UPDATE 07/08/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Why not Ortiz 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 33-year-old boxer, as a 2020 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.
“What makes Ortiz 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 boxer have already been named ‘American Of The Year’ by some major American newspapers and even ‘Ventura Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Ventura (Victor Ortiz's hometown).
Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year
A representative for the boxer was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:
“Victor Ortiz Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 6 Aug 2020
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveVictor”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 6 Aug 2020
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Victor Ortiz?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 6 Aug 2020
Could 2020 officially be the Year of Victor Ortiz?
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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