TIME's Person of The Year Goes To 'The Silence Breakers'
No, Donald Trump isn’t the person of the year. But the women who have accused him of sexual harassment populate the group of people that did earn the title.
Time magazine has named “The Silence Breakers” as its 2017 Person of the Year, recognizing the women— and a few men, as well — who came forward with stories of sexual harassment and assault and helped force a nationwide reckoning. The magazine calls them “the voices that launched a movement.”
And with the career falls of Matt Lauer, Charlie Ross, and, of course, Harvey Weinstein, it’s hard to disagree with them on that front.
Among the breakers, such prominenten names like Taylor Swift, Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan, are commingled with “anonymous” faces of everyday women who reported sexual assault in their workplaces, but who have chosen to remain nameless.
“The galvanizing actions of the women on our cover … along with those of hundreds of others, and of many men as well, have unleashed one of the highest-velocity shifts in our culture since the 1960s,” Time’s editor in chief, Edward Felsenthal, told NBC’s “Today” show Wednesday.
The media’s endless stream of sexual misconduct investigations and the countless #MeToo accounts of harassment, abuse and worse have ensnared an ever-growing list of public figures — celebrities, executives, politicians, business leaders, whose lives and careers have come crashing down, or are dangerously close to doing so.
The barrage of sexual misconduct accusations, from Hollywood to Capitol Hill, came after the Weinstein scandal exploded in public view — with claims from numerous women who said he sexually harassed them and even raped them.
And, quickly following fashion, a social media movement emerged with the hashtag #MeToo, which has been used more than 3 million times on Twitter, according to the company’s data.
In its first viral days, the hashtag largely amplified the stories of women, following the lead of actress Alyssa Milano.
“What the viral campaign did is, it creates hope. It creates inspiration,” said activist Tarana Burke, the original creator of the “Me Too” movement back in the 90s to help support women of color, to the Washington Post. “People need hope and inspiration desperately. But hope and inspiration are only sustained by work.”
Here’s hoping that TIME'S recognition of the group as their “Person” of The Year only helps to console and inspire those who have been wronged by sexually inappropriate misconduct.
(Feature image, courtesy of TMZ via Twitter)