Just pipping US President Donald Trump to the second spot, who had earlier claimed that he was the preferred choice for Time magazine’s Person of the Year, are a bunch of courageous women and men – The Silence Breakers as Time calls them – who shook the world as part of the #MeToo movement, who made it to the prestigious cover.
The #MeToo movement gave an opportunity to sexual assault and harassment survivors to speak out and highlight the fact that they were not alone. At a time, when even after being assaulted a often a victim choose to stay mum, the anti-harassment campaign gave voice to many and brought out the gravity of the situation. The intensity with which the number of posts under the hashtag flooded the social media created an instant buzz and drew attention to the matter. The announcement was made on NBC’s Today show, on Wednesday, and also posted by the official Twitter handle of Time magazine.
— TIME (@TIME) December 6, 2017
The Person of the Year is decided by Time’s editors and goes to the person or group who has had the most influence on the year’s news for better or worse. Though the #MeToo concept was started by activist Tarana Burke in 2006, it picked up momentum after the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment case came to light this October. Taking to social media, many celebrities started sharing their stories of sexual abuse, which soon encouraged others to also join the movement and speak out about their experiences. The cover features activist Adama Iwu, actress Ashley Judd, singer Taylor Swift, strawberry picker Isabel Pascual and former Uber engineer Susan Fowler. Approving the decision, many Netizens took to social media to laud the magazine.
A brilliant choice ,TIME!!!
Thank you to ALL the silence breakers!!!!!!!!!
— Martina Navratilova (@Martina) December 6, 2017
— Jo (@SurviTeensNtots) December 6, 2017
— Martin Comanche (@bad_melonfarmer) December 6, 2017
— Andy Kutcher (@andyknola) December 6, 2017
— ZissouNP(S) (@theloneyoni) December 6, 2017
— LaHauser (@LaHauser) December 6, 2017
— Alexandra Wolf (@alexandraawolf) December 6, 2017
— 文萍 (@wenping95) December 6, 2017
❤ An entire movement of fearless, brave, powerful inspiring women chosen as Time’s Person Of The Year. #MeToo Teachable moment for every teen girl & boy who sees The Silence Breakers cover. 2017. #TimePersonOfTheYear #WednesdayWisdom #TheSilenceBreakers pic.twitter.com/vjUa6HMpA3
— Nicki 🤓 (@nickiknowsnada) December 6, 2017
— marc pietrzykowski (@Marcpski) December 6, 2017
Uh ohhhh. You know who is going to be pissssseddd off! 👇🏾👇🏾👇🏾👇🏾 pic.twitter.com/nCYLFo0TZf
— Paddy (@Lamonte1971) December 6, 2017
Though there have been an overwhelming positive response, there are some social media users who are unhappy with Taylor Swift being on the cover.
Did we really need Taylor Swift in here though?
— Kate Ritchie (@kateritchie) December 6, 2017
I love TS but I think Kesha deserved this place so much more, I’m disappointed but not suprised
— Flor- (@smallgirlmadeof) December 6, 2017
President Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping were named the second and third most influential people, respectively.