On Wednesday morning, “TIME” magazine announced their 2017 Person of the Year. This honor is given to a person or a group of people each year who made a significant in our society, whether for “good or for ill.”
President Trump was the 2016 Person of the Year and was given the honor just after he became the president-elect after running a successful and unique campaign. This year, President Trump became the runner-up for the 2017 Person of the Year.
“TIME” announced that the 2017 Person of the Year was given to “The Silence Breakers.” These consist of a group of people who pioneered speaking up about sexual misconduct.
The last few months of 2017 have been overflowing with reports of sexual misconduct throughout Hollywood, mainstream media, politics, and the general workplace. The use of the #MeToo hashtag spread the discussion even further.
Now, the magazine wants to honor those who spoke up first. One actress in the group is Ashley Judd, who was the first to consistently speak out about Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, a case that propelled the entire movement.
“TIME” said, “This reckoning appears to have sprung up overnight. But it has actually been simmering for years, decades, centuries.”
While the magazine recognized that this movement is not necessarily new, there have been more consequences put in place in the last few months for those who participate in sexual misconduct as a way to gain power. NBC’s firing of Matt Lauer after only one complaint, for instance, shows how the victim’s voice is being taken more seriously.
“TIME” said, “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.”
Since making the announcement, social media has been blowing up with comments. Mostly all of the Twitter comments have been praising the magazine for recognizing such a prominent societal shift.
The runner-up for the 2017 Person of the Year went to President Trump. Last month he tweeted that he was a finalist for the award but that it would be an inconvenience if he actually won. The Chinese President, Xi Jinping, came in third.
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