Douglas Smith, TIME's Person of the Year 2023?

Douglas Smith among finalists for TIME’s 2023 Person of the Year?

According to a well-placed source, Douglas Smith is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2023. But while the actor's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 30/11/2023 : 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 38-year-old actor, as a 2023 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 actor have already been named ‘Canadian Of The Year’ by some major Canadian newspapers and even ‘Toronto Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Toronto (Douglas Smith's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

A representative for the actor 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, 29 Nov 2023
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveDouglas”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 29 Nov 2023
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Douglas Smith?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 29 Nov 2023

Could 2023 officially be the Year of Douglas Smith?

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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