Peter Jackson, TIME's Person of the Year 2022?

Peter Jackson among finalists for TIME’s 2022 Person of the Year?

According to a credible source, Peter Jackson is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2022. But while the director's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 29/06/2022 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Jackson 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 60-year-old director, as a 2022 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Jackson 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 director have already been named ‘New Zealander Of The Year’ by some major newspapers and even ‘Pukerua Bay Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Pukerua Bay (Peter Jackson's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

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

“Peter Jackson Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 28 Jun 2022
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LovePeter”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 28 Jun 2022
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Peter Jackson?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 28 Jun 2022

Could 2022 officially be the Year of Peter Jackson?

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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