Steven Spielberg, TIME's Person of the Year 2022?

Steven Spielberg among finalists for TIME’s 2022 Person of the Year?

According to a top source, Steven Spielberg 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 26/06/2022 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Spielberg 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 75-year-old director, as a 2022 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Spielberg 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 ‘American Of The Year’ by some major American newspapers and even ‘Cincinnati Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Cincinnati (Steven Spielberg'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:

“Steven Spielberg Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 25 Jun 2022
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveSteven”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 25 Jun 2022
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Steven Spielberg?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 25 Jun 2022

Could 2022 officially be the Year of Steven Spielberg?

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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