Eric Benét, TIME's Person of the Year 2023?

Eric Benét among finalists for TIME’s 2023 Person of the Year?

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

UPDATE 23/03/2023 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Benét 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 56-year-old singer, as a 2023 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Benét 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 ‘American Of The Year’ by some major American newspapers and even ‘Milwaukee Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Milwaukee (Eric Benét's 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:

“#BenétPOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 22 Mar 2023
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveEric”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 22 Mar 2023
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Eric Benét?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 22 Mar 2023

Could 2023 officially be the Year of Eric Benét?

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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