Wolfgang Petersen, TIME's Person of the Year 2021?

Wolfgang Petersen among finalists for TIME’s 2021 Person of the Year?

According to a top source, Wolfgang Petersen is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2021. But while the director's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 21/04/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Petersen 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 80-year-old director, as a 2021 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Petersen 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 director have already been named ‘German Of The Year’ by some major German newspapers and even ‘Emden Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Emden (Wolfgang Petersen's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

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

“Wolfgang Petersen Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 20 Apr 2021
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveWolfgang”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 20 Apr 2021
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Wolfgang Petersen?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 20 Apr 2021

Could 2021 officially be the Year of Wolfgang Petersen?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2021 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2021?

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