Barry Sonnenfeld, TIME's Person of the Year 2023?

Barry Sonnenfeld among finalists for TIME’s 2023 Person of the Year?

According to a reliable source, Barry Sonnenfeld is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2023. But while the director's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 30/01/2023 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Sonnenfeld 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 69-year-old director, as a 2023 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Sonnenfeld 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 director have already been named ‘American Of The Year’ by some major American newspapers and even ‘New York Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in New York (Barry Sonnenfeld's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

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

“Barry Sonnenfeld Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 29 Jan 2023
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveBarry”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 29 Jan 2023
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Barry Sonnenfeld?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 29 Jan 2023

Could 2023 officially be the Year of Barry Sonnenfeld?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2023 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2023?

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