‘Worst choice ever’: Time magazine faces backlash for naming Elon Musk 'Person of the Year’ for 2021

WION Web Team
London Published: Dec 14, 2021, 03:05 PM(IST)

Time magazine is facing criticism for naming Elon Musk as 'Person of the Year’ for 2021 (file photo). Photograph:( Reuters )

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Time magazine’s choice for 'Person of the Year' 2021 has not gone down well with several critics, who have slammed the publication. It is being called ‘worst choice ever’ as billionaire Elon Musk has been criticised for opposition to unions, attitude towards tax and playing down Covid dangers

Time magazine’s choice for 'Person of the Year' 2021 has not gone down well with several critics, who have slammed the publication. It is being called ‘worst choice ever’ as billionaire Elon Musk has been criticised for opposition to unions, attitude towards tax and playing down Covid dangers.  

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Time had described Musk as a “clown, genius, edgelord, visionary, industrialist, showman” while talking about his achievements.    

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It was the “worst choice ever”, said Kurt Eichenwald, an author.  

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Musk has been opposing a “billionaires tax” floated by some lawmakers in US. He and some other super-wealthy people in the country paid tax at a very small rate in comparison to their significant rise in wealth from 2014 to 2018, said a probe by Propublica this year. Musk allegedly paid only a “real” rate of 3.27%.   

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In a tweet, Senator Elizabeth Warren said that the decision of the Time magazine highlights the need for the tax code to be reformed “so the person of the year will actually pay taxes and stop freeloading off everyone else”.  

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In 2020, Musk also played down the dangers of Covid.  

(With inputs from agencies) 

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