Time Names 'The Silence Breakers' Of #MeToo Movement Person Of The Year
Dec 08 2017
This time, it's about the collective voices that have irrevocably changed our culture.
The hashtag was tweeted almost a million times in 48 hours. It's actually a group of people, whom the magazine has dubbed "the silence breakers". Uber engineer Susan Fowler, Visa lobbyist Adama Iwu, and strawberry picker Isabel Pascual are included on the cover as well.
You may be thinking that it's a gatefold cover and someone fell victim to some bad cropping or someone just completely forgot to put their elbow out of the shot. This image represents the unnamed women and men who have come forward anonymously with their stories of sexual abuse.
Time editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal revealed the cover on Wednesday morning's Today show, which features Ashley Judd, Taylor Swift, former Uber engineer Susan Fowler and a woman whose face is obscured, meant to represent the women who haven't yet come forward.
"The Silence Breakers" reads Time's Person of the Year cover which doesn't feature one persona but the people who have publicly talked about the sexual harassment they've encountered.
The allegations against the disgraced Hollywood producer prompted the #MeToo movement, which encouraged others to share their experiences on social media. And he could tell by my face - to use his words - that something devastating had happened to me.
Over the course of the conversation around sexual harassment and assault, accusations of sexual harassment and assault also emerged against many other well-known names such as actor Kevin Spacey and comedian Louis CK.
"This reckoning appears to have sprung up overnight", the Time feature states.
The magazine became embroiled in a Twitter row with Mr Trump over this year's award after he claimed he "took a pass" because the publication asked for the opportunity to meet him without confirming he would retain the title. "That's very intentional. That's an anonymous woman who is a hospital worker who was experiencing harassment and didn't feel that she could come forward [publicly]". Hit the comments to discuss all your unfiltered thoughts and commentary.