Sean Penn, TIME's Person of the Year 2024?

Sean Penn among finalists for TIME’s 2024 Person of the Year?

According to a well-informed source, Sean Penn 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 13/07/2024 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Penn 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 63-year-old actor, as a 2024 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Penn 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 ‘Santa Monica Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Santa Monica (Sean Penn'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:

“Sean Penn Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 12 Jul 2024
“Congrats! Sean has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 12 Jul 2024
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Sean Penn?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 12 Jul 2024

Could 2024 officially be the Year of Sean Penn?

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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