Saïd Taghmaoui, TIME's Person of the Year 2022?

Saïd Taghmaoui among finalists for TIME’s 2022 Person of the Year?

According to a well-informed source, Saïd Taghmaoui 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 27/01/2022 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Taghmaoui 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 48-year-old actor, as a 2022 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Taghmaoui 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 ‘French Of The Year’ by some major French newspapers and even ‘Villepinte Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Villepinte (Saïd Taghmaoui'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:

“Saïd Taghmaoui Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 26 Jan 2022
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveSaïd”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 26 Jan 2022
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Saïd Taghmaoui?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 26 Jan 2022

Could 2022 officially be the Year of Saïd Taghmaoui?

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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