Roberto Benigni, TIME's Person of the Year 2024?

Roberto Benigni among finalists for TIME’s 2024 Person of the Year?

According to a reliable source, Roberto Benigni is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2024. But while the actor's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 15/04/2024 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Benigni 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 71-year-old actor, as a 2024 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Benigni 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 ‘Italian Of The Year’ by some major Italian newspapers and even ‘Manciano Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Manciano (Roberto Benigni'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:

“Roberto Benigni Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 14 Apr 2024
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveRoberto”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 14 Apr 2024
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Roberto Benigni?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 14 Apr 2024

Could 2024 officially be the Year of Roberto Benigni?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2024 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2024?

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