Curt Smith, TIME's Person of the Year 2022?

Tears for Fears bassist among finalists for TIME’s 2022 Person of the Year?

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According to a well-placed source, Tears for Fears bassist Curt Smith is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2022. But while the musician's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 10/12/2022 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Smith 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 61-year-old musician, as a 2022 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Smith 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 musician have already been named ‘English Of The Year’ by some major English newspapers and even ‘Bath Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Bath (Curt Smith's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

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

“#SmithPOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 9 Dec 2022
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveCurt”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 9 Dec 2022
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Curt Smith?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 9 Dec 2022

Could 2022 officially be the Year of Curt Smith?

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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