‘Si­lence Break­ers’ are frozen in Time

#MeToo move­ment is re­warded as mag­a­zine’s Per­son of the Year

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Time mag­a­zine has named The Si­lence Break­ers, the in­di­vid­u­als who un­der the hash­tag #MeToo spoke out against sex­ual abuse and ha­rass­ment, as its 2017 Per­son of the Year.

A com­pos­ite of the mag­a­zine cover features, among oth­ers, Ash­ley Judd, one of the first to speak out against movie pro­ducer Har­vey We­in­stein, Tay­lor Swift, who won a civil case against an ex-DJ she said had grabbed her bot­tom, for­mer Uber en­gi­neer Su­san Fowler, Visa lob­by­ist Adama Iwu and Mex­i­can agri­cul­tural worker Is­abel Pas­cual.

There is also a woman whose face can­not be seen.

Ac­tress Rose McGowan and Terry Crews fea­ture in the is­sue’s ac­com­pa­ny­ing pro­mo­tional video, along­side other si­lence break­ers.

It was un­veiled on the TV show To­day by the mag­a­zine’s edi­tor-inchief Ed­ward Felsenthal, with the cover line The Si­lence Break­ers.

“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,” Felsenthal said.

“The idea that in­flu­en­tial, in­spi­ra­tional in­di­vid­u­als shape the world could not be more apt this year.

For giv­ing voice to open secrets, for mov­ing whis­per net­works onto so­cial net­works, for push­ing us all to stop ac­cept­ing the un­ac­cept­able, The Si­lence Break­ers are the 2017 Per­son of the Year.”

The #MeToo move­ment gained trac­tion amid al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual mis­con­duct made against Hol­ly­wood pro­ducer We­in­stein in ar­ti­cles pub­lished in The New York Times and The New Yorker.

With a grow­ing list of ac­cusers open­ing up about We­in­stein, un­der the #MeToo hash­tag, more women and men were moved to share their sto­ries on so­cial me­dia, ex­pos­ing other al­leged sex­ual ha­rassers in­clud­ing House of Cards ac­tor Kevin Spacey, journalist Char­lie Rose, comedian Louis C.K. and U.S. Sen­a­tor Al Franken of Min­nesota.

Felsenthal called the move­ment’s #MeToo hash­tag, “a pow­er­ful ac­cel­er­ant.”

The ti­tle is be­stowed upon an in­di­vid­ual or group who the mag­a­zine’s edi­tors be­lieve in­flu­enced news and events of the past year, “for good or ill.”


Time’s The Si­lence Break­ers in­clude a range of peo­ple, mostly women, who have stood up against sex­ual abuse.

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