US President Donald Trump caused something of a stir on Friday night when publication Time Magazine became the subject of one of his infamous Twitter tirades.
Apparently pre-empting not being chosen as their Person of the Year for 2017, Trump got in there first and said tath although he received a phone call to tell him that he would “probably” be named Person of the Year again (as he was in 2016), their insistence that he partake in an interview and photo shoot for the sake of “probably” winning wasn’t worth it:
Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named “Man (Person) of the Year,” like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot. I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2017
Somewhat predictably, Time didn’t take long to refute this story, but the tweet itself was still met with bewildermernt and, in parts, outright mockery.
Arguably the greatest response, however, came from the most unlikely of sources. Three-time tennis Grand Slam winner Andy Murray jokingly incorporated the tweet into his likely failure to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. The 30-year-old, a winner of the award three times in the past, had a disappointing and injury-hit year by his own standards, and it seems almost certain that Anthony Joshua will be taking home the trophy next month.
Still, Murray was able to see the funny side:
Bbc just called to say I was PROBABLY going to be named sports personality of the year but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot. I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!
— Andy Murray (@andy_murray) November 24, 2017