Time Names the #MeToo Movement’s ‘Silence Breakers’ As Person of the Year

By Erica Abbott

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Time’s 2017 Person of the Year is “The Silence Breakers,” the women and men who sparked a national movement by sharing their stories of sexual assault and harassment. The magazine’s editor-in-chief, who revealed the choice on the “Today” show Wednesday morning, said one of the reasons the group was chosen was because they pushed “us all to stop accepting the unacceptable.”

The cover, which features six people, includes actor Ashley Judd, singer Taylor Swift and lobbyist Adama Iwu. Alyssa Milano, who called for women to share their stories using the #MeToo hashtag in October, and activist Tarana Burke, who created the now-viral #MeToo movement more than a decade ago, appeared on the “Today” show and reacted to Time’s selection. “I could never imagine this,” Burke said. “I could never have envisioned something that would change the world.”

The Silence Breakers are TIME’s Person of the Year 2017 #TIMEPOY https://t.co/mLgNTveY9z pic.twitter.com/GBo9z57RVG

— TIME (@TIME) December 6, 2017

Time reports that the Silence Breakers, whose “individual acts of courage” lead to worldwide social action, came from all over the globe. “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 magazine stated. “They’re part of a movement that has no formal name. But now they have a voice.”

U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are this year’s runners-up for Person of the Year, which recognizes “the person or group of people who most influenced the news during the past year, for better or for worse.” The other finalists that made the shortlist included the Dreamers, “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins and former quarterback-turned-activist Colin Kaepernick.

See how social media reacted to Time’s Person of the Year below:

Social Media Reacts to the Silence Breakers Being Named Time’s 2017 Person of the Year

I salute these women for their bravery and courage… Time to change the culture of abuse! https://t.co/icHtbTB5ht

— Caitriona Balfe (@caitrionambalfe) December 6, 2017

Thank you. Stay loud women, stay strong. https://t.co/XbX8qLWk9T

— Dayna For Congress (@daynasteele) December 6, 2017

Watching this video of these many faces/voices is just so validating.

It contextualizes the trauma I experienced–both the physical assault of the rapist who almost killed me & the aftermath w/police.

When we tell our stories we make it easier for the next woman to tell hers. https://t.co/54PGmvj68R

— Victoria Brownworth (@VABVOX) December 6, 2017

This is perfect. ❤https://t.co/W6IrAgRvu8

— Elizabeth M. (@_ElizabethMay) December 6, 2017

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