Time Makes Ridiculous Choice for Person of the Year

Time Makes Ridiculous Choice for Person of the Year

TIME magazine released their Person of the Year issue this week and their choice, 16-year-old Greta Thunberg, is causing mouths to drop in shock.

Climate Change Speech

Greta Thunberg has become the poster child for the liberal climate change movement. What started as a single-person protest, with her sitting by herself outside of the Swedish parliament with a “School Strike for Climate” poster, progressed to her speaking at the UN Climate Summit just a few months later.

During her speech, Thunberg sounded like many teenagers who have no respect for their elders or authority. She said things like “You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words,” and “I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to us young people for hope? How dare you!”

She ended the speech that would eventually lead to her being TIME’s Person of the Year by saying:

“You are failing us. But young people are starting to understand your betrayal. The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us, I say: We will never forgive you. We will not let you get away with this. Right here, right now is where we draw the line. The world is waking up. And change is coming, whether you like it or not.”

It Could Have Been Worse

Regardless of your opinions on climate change, most people can agree that Thunberg has no respect for adults or anyone not on her side. Some say she is melodramatic, others think she is being used by Liberals with their own agenda. Either way, is this really the kind of behavior that should be honored?

Although Thunberg seems like a ridiculous choice for Person of the Year, it could have been worse. Two of the other nominees were Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and the CIA whistleblower whose testimony started the whole impeachment debacle.

When asked why Thunberg was chosen as Person of the Year, TIME’s Editor-in-Chief, Edward Felsenthal, said:

“She embodies youth activism. Her rise in influence has been really extraordinary. She was a solo protester with a hand-painted sign 14 months ago. She’s now led millions of people around the world, 150 countries, to act on behalf of the planet, and she’s really been a key driver this year taking this issue from backstage to center.”

But did a 16-year-old really do that all by herself? Highly unlikely.

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