According to a well-informed source, Zhou Xun is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2020. But while the actress' fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.
UPDATE 29/01/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Why not Zhou 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 45-year-old actress, as a 2020 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.
“What makes Zhou 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 ‘Chinese Of The Year’ by some major Chinese newspapers and even ‘Quzhou Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Quzhou (Zhou Xun'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:
“#ZhouPOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 28 Jan 2020
“Congrats! Xun has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 28 Jan 2020
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Zhou Xun?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 28 Jan 2020
Could 2020 officially be the Year of Zhou Xun?
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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