Tom Welling, TIME's Person of the Year 2019?

Tom Welling among finalists for TIME’s 2019 Person of the Year?

According to a well-placed source, Tom Welling is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2019. But while the model's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 13/12/2018 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Welling 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 41-year-old model, as a 2019 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Welling 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 model have already been named ‘American Of The Year’ by some major American newspapers and even ‘Putnam Valley Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Putnam Valley (Tom Welling's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

A representative for the model was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:

“Tom Welling Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 12 Dec 2018
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LoveTom”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 12 Dec 2018
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Tom Welling?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 12 Dec 2018

Could 2019 officially be the Year of Tom Welling?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2019 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2019?

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