#MeToo move­ment lands the honor

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - NATION - By Ni­cole Bitette New York Daily News

Time Mag­a­zine’s Per­son of the Year isn’t just one per­son — but mil­lions of vic­tims of sex­ual ha­rass­ment and as­sault.

On Wed­nes­day, the mag­a­zine named the #MeToo move­ment — or the “Si­lence Break­ers” — as the “Per­son of the Year,” a nod to the mil­lions of peo­ple who came for­ward with their sto­ries of sex­ual ha­rass­ment, as­sault and rape af­ter big Hol­ly­wood players like Har­vey We­in­stein, Kevin Spacey and dozens of other pow­er­ful men were ac­cused of sex­ual mis­con­duct.

“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,” Edi­tor-in-Chief Ed­ward Felsen­than said in a state­ment.

Founder of the #MeToo move­ment, Tarana Burke, ap­peared on the cover along with ac­tresses Rose McGowan, Selma Blair and Ash­ley Judd, who broke the si­lence by com­ing for­ward with ac­cu­sa­tions against We­in­stein. For­mer Uber en­gi­neer Su­san Fowler also was one of the women on the cover. She posted a pow­er­ful blog en­try in Fe­bru­ary about ha­rass­ment she faced dur­ing her time at the com­pany.

Tay­lor Swift, who won $1 in a sex­ual ha­rass­ment trial against a Den­ver DJ ac­cused of grop­ing her, also ap­peared on the mag­a­zine’s cover.

Burke first used the phrase that would be­come such a widely used hash­tag in 2017 more than a decade ago while work­ing with young sur­vivors of ha­rass­ment and as­sault. Ac­tress Alyssa Mi­lano was sent a screen­shot of the phrase and chose to send it out on Twit­ter.

“If you’ve been sex­u­ally ha­rassed or as­saulted, write ‘me too’ as a re­ply to this tweet,” she wrote. She told Time she woke up to more than 30,000 uses of the hash­tag and burst into tears.

The fo­cus was not only on those in Hol­ly­wood or in TV jour­nal­ism. A straw­berry picker from Cal­i­for­nia named Is­abel Pas­cual was one of many to take to the streets of Cal­i­for­nia to join stars and civil­ians alike in their march against the abu­sive be­hav­ior.

While many of the peo­ple fea­tured in Time’s piece were women from all pro­fes­sions, ac­tor Terry Crews also was in­cluded for speak­ing out against pop­u­lar agent Adam Venit, who he ac­cused of grop­ing his gen­i­tals at a party and is now su­ing.

The an­nounce­ment comes af­ter Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump made a mock­ery of the des­ig­na­tion, not­ing on Twit­ter that Time had called him and told him he would “prob­a­bly” be named, but the mag caught him in a lie by clar­i­fy­ing they don’t reach out to any­one un­til Dec. 6.

“The Pres­i­dent is in­cor­rect about how we choose Per­son of the Year. TIME does not com­ment on our choice un­til pub­li­ca­tion, which is De­cem­ber 6,” a tweet from the mag­a­zine read.

De­spite slam­ming the des­ig­na­tion, Trump was named Per­son of the Year in 2016 shortly af­ter he was elected. He landed in the sec­ond spot this year with Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jinping at No. 3.

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