Time has revealed “the silence breakers” the ‘Person of the Year’ for 2017, referring women, and the global conversation they started.
The honour recognizes the continuing #MeToo movement that initiated with the allegations against Hollywood media which came out in October. The 2017 Person of the Year was highly expected, due to President Donald Trump’s tweet in November, mentioned he’d passed on an interview and photo shoot with Time because the magazine told he was the only “presumed” going to be Person of the Year. Later on, the magazine responded that the president was “incorrect about how we choose Person of the Year”.
The magazine’s editor in chief, Edward Felsenthal, said in an interview that the #MeToo movement represented the “fastest-moving social change we’ve seen in decades, and it began with individual acts of courage by women and some men too”. The conversation began spontaneously in October, when actress Alyssa Milano followed on a suggestion from a friend on Facebook and tweeted: ‘If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.’
Ashley Judd and Taylor Swift took place on the cover, as well as three women who took part in the movement, named Isabel Pascual, field worker, Susan Fowler, former Uber employee. Moreover, Adama Iwu, creator of the ‘We Said Enough’ campaign, and obscured is a hospital worker who declined to be identified.
In their official explanation, Time Editor-in-Chief Edward Felsenthal writes:
The galvanizing actions of the women on our cover–Ashley Judd, Susan Fowler, Adama Iwu, Taylor Swift and Isabel Pascual–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. Social media acted as a powerful accelerant; the hashtag #MeToo has now been used millions of times in at least 85 countries.
Throughout social media, especially Twitter, both #PersonOfTheYear and “The Silence Breakers” are recently top 10 trending topics. You can also read the whole stories of the conversation, here.
Choosing the most controversial subject as ‘Person of The Year’ is a pretty bold decision, and today’s the day that “The Silence Breakers” are on their deserved, right spot.