According to a credible source, Savage Garden lead singer Darren Hayes is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2022. But while the singer's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.
UPDATE 27/06/2022 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Why not Hayes 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 50-year-old singer, as a 2022 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.
“What makes Hayes 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 ‘Australian Of The Year’ by some major Australian newspapers and even ‘Brisbane Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Brisbane (Darren Hayes' 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:
“#HayesPOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 26 Jun 2022
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveDarren”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 26 Jun 2022
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Darren Hayes?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 26 Jun 2022
Could 2022 officially be the Year of Darren Hayes?
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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