Time magazine announced their Person of the Year, and unsurprisingly to some, it's the 'Me Too' movement that took the Internet by storm in the last few months. Time described the women and men who came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct as "The Silence Breakers."
"This reckoning appears to have sprung up overnight. But it has actually been simmering for years, decades, centuries."
"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."
The 'Me Too' movement started in October, when dozens of women including Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie came forward to accuse film producer Harvey Weinstein of sexually harassing or assaulting them.
Alyssa Milano, a comedian who stars in Netflix's new series, Wet Hot American Summer Ten Years Later, asked women and men to share the times they were sexually harassed under then 'Me Too' hashtag, and a movement was born.
Earlier this week, Time announced their short list for the title, which included the likes of Jeff Bezos, Colin Kaepernick, and Kim Jong Un. Though President Donald Trump seemed certain that he was going to win the award.
Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named “Man (Person) of the Year,” like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot. I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2017
Though he was quickly shot down when the magazine said that Time does not comment on their choice until publication.
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.— TIME (@TIME) November 25, 2017
Unsurprisingly, people were pretty happy that survivors of sexual violence had been given the award.
In 2017 women stood up and said #MeToo. We overcame our fears to #BreakTheSilence. Technology and social media have connected us all. We can’t turn away from each other’s pain. We are connected to it. We are connected to each other. We are connected. THREAD. #TimePOTY— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) December 6, 2017
“This is the fastest moving social change we’ve seen in decades, and it began with individual acts of courage by 100s of women & some men too, who came forward & shared their stories of sexual harassment & abuse.” #TIMEPOY is (are?) “The Silence Breakers." https://t.co/ZTx1DcD4nb— Sarah Boesveld (@sarahboesveld) December 6, 2017
No group more deserving of @TIME Person(s) of the Year then the brave faces & voices that stood up in the face of evil & said no more!— UnsilentMajority 🌹 (@The_UnSilent_) December 6, 2017
Empowering others to follow suit & launching a historical & much needed movement.#Metoo #HerToo #BreakTheSilence #TheSilenceBreakers #TimePOY pic.twitter.com/16oymjwzPg
I cried tears of anger last year when Donald Trump said Time Person of the Year should go back to Man of the Year.— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) December 6, 2017
Today I’m crying tears of joy. Women are writing themselves back into the narrative through #MeToo and #HerToo.#TimePOY#BreakTheSilence#TheSilenceBreakers pic.twitter.com/sK5FSJssWF
What do you think of Time's choice?