Gene Simmons, TIME's Person of the Year 2022?

Kiss frontman among finalists for TIME’s 2022 Person of the Year?

According to a credible source, Kiss frontman Gene Simmons 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 02/07/2022 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Simmons 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 72-year-old musician, as a 2022 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Simmons 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 ‘American Of The Year’ by some major American newspapers and even ‘Tirat HaCarmel Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Tirat HaCarmel (Gene Simmons' 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:

“Gene Simmons Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 1 Jul 2022
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveGene”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 1 Jul 2022
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Gene Simmons?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 1 Jul 2022

Could 2022 officially be the Year of Gene Simmons?

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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