Silence Breakers: Time Unveils ‘Person Of The Year’ 2017
"This is the fastest moving social change we have seen in decades," says Time editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal
The #MeToo movement, otherwise known as “the silence breakers”, a social media movement that unearths the victims of sexual misconduct has been noticed by Time Magazine.
The “Silence Breakers,” women who spoke out against sexual harassment and sexual assault in the workplace, have been named Time‘s 2017 Person of the Year.
“This is the fastest moving social change we have seen in decades,” Time editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal told NBC’s Today show on Wednesday morning, December 6. “It began with individual acts of courage by hundreds of women – and some men, too – who came forward to tell their own stories.”
The magazine writes, “These silence breakers have started a revolution of refusal, gathering strength by the day, and in the past two months alone, their collective anger has spurred immediate and shocking results: nearly every day, CEOs have been fired, moguls toppled, icons disgraced. In some cases, criminal charges have been brought.”
Time quoted many, including Ashley Judd, who spoke out about Harvey Weinstein, and Taylor Swift, who came forward about a DJ who groped her during a photo opp.
“I figured that if he would be brazen enough to assault me under these risky circumstances,” Taylor told the magazine, “imagine what he might do to a vulnerable, young artist if given the chance.”
“I started talking about Harvey the minute that it happened,” Ashley said. “Literally, I exited that hotel room at the Peninsula Hotel in 1997 and came straight downstairs to the lobby, where my dad was waiting for me, because he happened to be in Los Angeles from Kentucky, visiting me on the set. And he could tell by my face—to use his words—that something devastating had happened to me. I told him. I told everyone.”
— TIME (@TIME) December 6, 2017