On Wednesday, Time announced that it's "Person of the Year" for 2017 wasn't just one person. It was the "silence breakers" of the "#metoo" movement. Those included the women who spoke out against sexual harassment–bringing down powerful men in entertainment, media industries, and Congress.
One of those women was Taylor Swift, who made headlines during the summer when she took the man who groped her during a meet-and-greet to court. He sued her for damages; she sued for a symbolic $1.
Swift wasn't in it for the money; she was looking to stand up for women who couldn't speak out. When she won, she struck one of the first blows against sexual harassment.
"There's very good reason for including Taylor Swift on the cover: it is entirely possible that her lawsuit, against a DJ who grabbed a handful of her rear during a photo shoot, kicked off a national trend of naming and shaming alleged sexual abusers," writes The Daily Wire. "Swift's testimony was jarringly blunt, and she was very clear that she was suing her sexual abuser to make a point for women everywhere—that they should pursue justice, even when they feel they are at a disadvantage."
In her testimony, Swift made it very clear that women who have been abused or harassed should not feel bad. She quite clearly stood up for women in less affluent positions.
"I'm not going to let you or your client make me feel in any way that this is my fault," she told the lawyer while on the stand. "I'm being blamed for the unfortunate events of his life that are a product of his decisions. Not mine."
Later, she told Time why she decided to speak out. At the time, she reported him to his radio station. Two laters, he sued her and she decided not to settle out of court.
"I figured that if he would be brazen enough to assault me under these risky circumstances and high stakes, imagine what he might do to a vulnerable, young artist if given the chance. It was important to report the incident to his radio station because I felt like they needed to know. The radio station conducted its own investigation and fired him. Two years later, he sued me."
But Swift's words and actions aren't enough for many feminists. After Time released their cover, many took to Twitter to denounce her for not speaking of enough. They especially targeted her for her silence on President Trump.
"Taylor Swift is the ultimate silent partner in white supremacy by refusing to denounce Trump. She has no biz being on this list," wrote one Twitter user.
Another wrote, "Taylor Swift is on Time magazine’s cover honoring the silence breakers... I’d love to see her break her silence and condemn the Nazis that tout her as their aryan princess next!!"
"Why is Taylor Swift on this cover? Is she finally breaking her loud election silence? Will she be supporting #BlackLivesMatter, ending slavery in Libya and/or ending the ethnic cleansing in Myanmar #Rohingya #TheSilenceBreakers #PersonOfTheYear #Time"
This is just part of the internet campaign designed to get Swift to denounce President Trump. An article ran in the Guardian
“In the year since Donald Trump was elected, the entertainment world has been largely united in its disdain for his presidency,” wrote the Guardian, a left-leaning British paper, in an unsigned editorial. “But a notable voice has been missing from the chorus: that of Taylor Swift, the world’s biggest pop star. Her silence is striking, highlighting the parallels between the singer and the president: their adept use of social media to foster a diehard support base; their solipsism; their laser focus on the bottom line; their support among the ‘alt-right.’”
As The Daily Wire points out, Swift can't seem to do anything right. In the meantime, she's kept her political opinions to herself, and we can all enjoy her music.