Time magazine names #MeToo ‘silence breakers’ as person of the year

Ashley Judd, Susan Fowler, Adama Iwu, Taylor Swift, and Isabel Pascual (a pseudonym) are pictured on the Time magazine Person of the Year cover for 2017 in this handout photo
Ashley Judd, Susan Fowler, Adama Iwu, Taylor Swift, and Isabel Pascual (a pseudonym) are pictured on the Time magazine Person of the Year cover for 2017 in this handout photo obtained by Reuters December 6, 2017. Time Inc./Handout via REUTERS

December 6, 2017

By Susan Heavey

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Time magazine has named the social movement aimed at raising awareness about sexual harassment and assault, epitomized by the #MeToo social media hashtag, as the most influential “person” in 2017, the publication announced on Wednesday.

“This is the fastest moving social change we’ve seen in decades and it began with individual acts of courage by hundreds of women – and some men, too – who came forward to tell their own stories,” Time Editor-in-Chief Edward Felsenthal told NBC News, referring to them as “the silence breakers.”

The recognition comes amid a wave of public allegations of sexual misconduct that have targeted some of the most prominent men in U.S. politics, media and entertainment, leading to multiple firings and investigations.

As more people made their accusations public, other individuals also shared their own stories of assault and harassment, often with posts on social media platforms using the hashtag #MeToo.

“I could never had envisioned something that would change the world. I was trying to change my community,” Tarana Burke, the hashtag’s creator, told NBC. “This is just the start. It’s not just a moment, it’s a movement. Now the work really begins.”

U.S. President Donald Trump, who was Time’s person of the year in 2016, was the first runner-up this year, followed by Chinese President Xi Jinping, Felsenthal said.

Other finalists included North Korean President Kim Jong Un, “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins and football player-turned-activist Colin Kaepernick, among others.

Time’s annual distinction recognizes the person, group, thing or idea that it has determined had the greatest influence on events for the year.

A Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday found nearly half of U.S. women said they had been sexually assaulted.

Among the 1,747 American adults surveyed, 17 percent of men and 47 percent of women said they had been abused, according to the Nov. 29-Dec. 4 poll, which had a margin of error of 2.8 percentage points.

The Time announcement comes one day after Representative John Conyers became the first member of Congress to step down following public allegations of misconduct and amid calls for Senator Al Franken to resign.

Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and former NBC News anchor Matt Lauer also have lost their jobs amid such allegations. Trump has also been accused of inappropriately touching women and faces related litigation. He has denied the allegations.

(Additional reporting by Gina Cherelus; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Bill Trott)

  • Donald York

    Okay, but you must be racist against Oriental women and tranvestite boys.

  • Widl Man

    Time magazine is losing it credibility…but what doe you expect from a liberal F’tard tabloid wannabe butt-wipe publication.

  • Bob McClure

    Does the hash tag me to mean pound me too?

  • Legion

    How does one “figure out” a mental illness?

  • VI

    TRUMP WAS NOT SECOND ON THE LIST!
    And the only way he made the list was because he’s done unfathomable harm to the country!
    That Donald Trump could express himself that way and still be elected President is part of what stoked the rage that fueled the Women’s March the day after his Inauguration. It’s why women seized on that crude word as the emblem of the protest that dwarfed Trump’s Inauguration crowd size. “All social movements have highly visible precipitating factors,” says Aldon Morris, a professor of sociology at Northwestern University. “In this case, you had Harvey Weinstein, and before that you had Trump.”

    • Widl Man

      Whiner.

  • Gary C

    And who is it centered around? The media, politicians and the dirtbags in Hollyweird. All dregs of society.
    Crush the left.

  • 58TheBuge58

    Too many women know they’re sitting on a goldmine and will use it to position themselves for eventual blackmail when their aspirations fizzle. Sickening how often they pull that crap.

  • Andrew Moore8

    Weaponized feminazism is what it is……You don’t give the woman the job promotion because she sucks at her job and you will be facing a plethora of sexual assault and harassment charges being waged against you as the office feminazies attack.

  • Manfred Hagedorn

    stay away from women or you screwed year`s later with leis

  • mbrewer566

    A worthy cause, but now let’s focus on rule of law, innocent until proven guilty, statute of limitations…..

  • Heremeroor

    Hmmm, shocker. Dose that mean Trump won’t be given the Nobel Peace prize? What are the odds?

    • IceColdLogic

      Truth!

      • Widl Man

        Still, in denial, moron?

    • Oh yeah

      Well let’s see, if Obama can get one just about anybody can get one.

      • Heremeroor

        I understand your point, but unfortunately, it’s a popularity contest. With the Libs and the Lib media as “judges”, Trump (or any conservative) has a slim chance.

  • Disappointed

    Poor choice to say the least. But Time is a mere shell of its former self.

  • iwontell

    OH well……..I haven’t bought or read TIME since the 1970’s so I say WHO CARES………

  • Art Ready

    Only fools read Time Magazine

  • …remain calm and return fire

    they’re dressed like witches

  • No Mas

    its nice to see the women stand up for themselves… .
    When will we see the opposite side of the coin, and punish the women that charge with false allegations and destroy men’s lives because they “feel scorned”.

    • IceColdLogic

      When the GOP elects a female president?

      • Widl Man

        Dumnbass, go back to you frozen lake.

  • kaiju

    A Liberal Rag if there ever was one, but this is much better than seeing Obama’s terrorist face on there.

  • Widl Man

    What a crock of crap.

  • Jeff Jeep

    Add to that the fact that a large MAJORITY of the assailants are from the Left and are Democratic supporters and the party is showing exactly what they mean when they say they are the party for women.

    • All American

      Have you seen the “resistmas angel” it’s Hildabeast!
      The Democrats are the party going down that keeps on giving!
      Regarding Obama out there flinging his outrageous thoughts here are a few words of wisdom from our creator:
      “Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues” (Proverbs 17:28).

  • 101st Screaming Eagle

    Wonder if Rocketman came in second? Does anyone still read that mag?

    • iwontell

      Not since the 1970’s……..what a waste of Paper………and Trees.

  • …remain calm and return fire

    John Conyers was runner-up for lifetime achievement. Time is so 40 years ago…

  • Aldo

    Last year was who ? blm ? “kaitlin jenner” rev sharpton ?

    • FromThe70s

      Genitalia inspired headwear?

    • All American

      Surprised it wasn’t Comey😂

    • All American

      Aldo is that Kate Steinles’ pic attached to your handle?

      • Aldo

        Yes – In sad memory – SHE should be the face of why we need stricter border/immigration control – demos want to “build bridges (so more illegals can get in easiier) not walls (that would protect America) Go figya

    • My Head

      Last year it was Trump. I don’t see a problem with this year’s winner either. Hopefully this wave of brave people will greatly reduce the current generation of children’s chances of being victimized drastically.