Art Garfunkel, TIME's Person of the Year 2024?

Simon & Garfunkel singer among finalists for TIME’s 2024 Person of the Year?

According to a well-informed source, Simon & Garfunkel singer Art Garfunkel is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2024. But while the singer's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 16/04/2024 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Garfunkel 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 82-year-old singer, as a 2024 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Garfunkel 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 singer have already been named ‘American Of The Year’ by some major American newspapers and even ‘Forest Hills Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Forest Hills (Art Garfunkel's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

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

“Art Garfunkel Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 15 Apr 2024
“Congrats! Art has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 15 Apr 2024
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Art Garfunkel?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 15 Apr 2024

Could 2024 officially be the Year of Art Garfunkel?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2024 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2024?

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