You would think that a person of the year would not be a controversial figure.....
Well, things change over the years. From Wiki:"As a result of the public backlash it received from the United States for naming Khomeini as Man of the Year in 1979, Time has since shied away from using figures who are controversial in the United States for commercial reasons, fearing reductions in sales or advertising revenue."
But if Time-person-of-the-year really was what it was supposed to be - most influential person, positive or negative - then it was absolutely valid when Hitler, Stalin, Khomeini and other such individuals were nominated.
I will, however, put a question mark on Thunberg. She is more a victim, a victim of child abuse. Maybe she really was the single individual who got the fabulous idea that 15 years old school children must have a three days long weekend, but it was an army of different people who lifted her to saint status for that.
If we look at title winners of recent years, G.W. Bush, Obama, Putin, Mark Zuckerberg, Pope Francis, etc. - many differences among those people, but none are/were pure instruments for an invisible backland.
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