Brad Bird, TIME's Person of the Year 2022?

Brad Bird among finalists for TIME’s 2022 Person of the Year?

According to a well-informed source, Brad Bird is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2022. But while the director's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 01/12/2022 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Bird 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 65-year-old director, as a 2022 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Bird 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 ‘Kalispell Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Kalispell (Brad Bird'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:

“#BirdPOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 30 Nov 2022
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveBrad”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 30 Nov 2022
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Brad Bird?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 30 Nov 2022

Could 2022 officially be the Year of Brad Bird?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2022 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2022?

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