Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

#MeToo- 'The Silence Breakers' are TIME's person of the year

#MeToo- 'The Silence Breakers' are TIME's person of the year

"The Silence Breakers" reads Time's Person of the Year cover which doesn't feature one persona but the people who have publicly talked about the sexual harassment they've encountered.

Time editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal revealed the cover on Wednesday morning's Today show, which features Ashley Judd, Taylor Swift, former Uber engineer Susan Fowler and a woman whose face is obscured, meant to represent the women who haven't yet come forward.

The announcement comes after President Donald Trump made a mockery of the designation, noting on Twitter that Time had called him and told him he would "probably" be named, but the mag caught him in a lie by clarifying they don't reach out to anyone until December 6.

The "Silence Breakers" refers to the individuals who set off a national whirlwind of both women and men coming forward with accusations of sexual misconduct, many against high profile individuals. The #MeToo campaign was invented in 2006 by activist Tarana Burke, but it was virally utilized this fall.

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"I think this is a watershed moment indeed, but I think we need to be clear that this is a moment for some people and not for all people", Burke told Kelly.

"Now the work really begins". She pointed to Isabel Pascual, a strawberry farmer who spoke out about the sexual harassment she faced in her job and noted that she shared her story under a pseudonym because she was afraid of retaliation. Swift famously took a radio host to court this year for groping her and won. When the jury found in my favor, the man who sexually assaulted me was court-ordered to give me a symbolic $1.

Time's list cuts across the entertainment, media, tech and service industries, including an unnamed housekeeper at the Plaza hotel.

The magazine said its shortlist for the 2017 Person of the Year, meant to recognize the "person or group of people who, for better or worse, wielded the most influence in the previous 12 months", also included North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, China's Xi Jinping and Donald Trump, who was chosen for the distinction last year following his election as USA president.

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