Mario Cimarro, TIME's Person of the Year 2014?

Mario Cimarro among finalists for TIME’s 2014 Person of the Year?

According to a well-placed source, Mario Cimarro is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2014. But while the actor's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 25/10/2014 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Cimarro 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 43-year-old actor, as a 2014 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Cimarro so important is the potential and influence he now has, rather than anything he has already done,” said a panelist who preferred to remain anonymous, adding that earlier this month, the actor have already been named ‘American Of The Year’ by some major American newspapers and even ‘Havana Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Havana (Mario Cimarro's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

A representative for the actor was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:

“Mario Cimarro Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 24 Oct 2014
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveMario”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 24 Oct 2014
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Mario Cimarro?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 24 Oct 2014

Could 2014 officially be the Year of Mario Cimarro?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2014 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2014?

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