Yvan Attal, TIME's Person of the Year 2019?

Yvan Attal among finalists for TIME’s 2019 Person of the Year?

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

UPDATE 25/06/2019 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Attal 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 actor, as a 2019 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Attal 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 actor have already been named ‘French Of The Year’ by some major French newspapers and even ‘Tel-Aviv Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Tel-Aviv (Yvan Attal's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

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

“Yvan Attal Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 24 Jun 2019
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveYvan”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 24 Jun 2019
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Yvan Attal?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 24 Jun 2019

Could 2019 officially be the Year of Yvan Attal?

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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