Every year, we look forward to seeing who Time will name as Person of the Year and why they chose that individual or group. Some years, it causes controversy, but this year’s decision has us applauding. The decision to grant people who have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct with the accolade was announced on NBC’s Today show on 6th December morning. The movement of The Silence Breaker is most intently connected with the #MeToo hashtag which jumped up as allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.
Person of the year
Every year, Time Magazine declares their decision in Person of the Year. The throwback to 2006 when we were ALL Person of the Year.
Trump was declined to be Person of the year
We all knew that the potential list included individuals like Donald Trump, who broadly tweeted that he had “declined” to be named as Person of the Year.
‘The Silence Breakers’
The magazine declared that this year, “The Silence Breakers” were being named as Person of the Year 2017. The cover highlights Adama Iwu, Ashley Judd, Taylor Swift, Isabel Pascual and Susan Fowler, yet the title also recognizes the #MeToo revolution that took on the social media this year and helped viral discussion surrounding sexual harassment and assault.
#MeToo campaign helped to point out many cases which weren’t solved.
“These silence breakers have started a revolution of refusal, gathering strength by the day, and in the past two months alone, their collective anger has spurred immediate and shocking results: nearly every day, CEOs have been fired, moguls toppled, icons disgraced. In some cases, criminal charges have been brought,” Time writes. Click on the next page to know more.
New hope for the victims
Time talked with many victims who boldly stood up about their assault. Some were concerned that sharing their stories would place them in trouble, however despite everything they felt that it was a powerful message to share.
Taylor Swift’s participation in campaign
Taylor Swift shared her experience in a court this year testifying against David Mueller, who attacked her amid a meet and greet in 2013. She sued Mueller for just $1, which she says despite everything she hasn’t gotten. Click on the next page to know more.
Victims of Harvey Weinstein spoke out
Ashley Judd talked about how she was one of the numerous victims of Harvey Weinstein in 1997. “I started talking about Harvey the minute that it happened,” she clarified. Still, it took twenty years for moves to finally made against Weinstein, and his inexcusable actions to become general public knowledge.
Kudos to The Silence Breakers
The list of assaults victims who are opening about the incidents is as yet growing, and we believe that “The Silence Breakers” are just going to motivate victims to feel safe and no longer isolated.