According to a well-informed source, Robert Downey, Jr. is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2022. But while the actor's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.
UPDATE 19/08/2022 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Why not Downey 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 57-year-old actor, as a 2022 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.
“What makes Downey 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 ‘American Of The Year’ by some major American newspapers and even ‘New York Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in New York (Robert Downey, Jr.'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:
“#DowneyPOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 18 Aug 2022
“Congrats! Robert has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 18 Aug 2022
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Robert Downey, Jr.?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 18 Aug 2022
Could 2022 officially be the Year of Robert Downey, Jr.?
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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