‘Silence Breakers’ are frozen in Time
#MeToo movement is rewarded as magazine’s Person of the Year
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.