Time Names “Silence Breakers” Person Of The Year

The Today Show reports:

TIME has named The Silence Breakers, the individuals who set off a national reckoning over the prevalence of sexual harassment, as its 2017 Person of the Year.

The magazine’s editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal revealed the selection Wednesday on TODAY along with the cover, a composite group photo that includes actress Ashley Judd, singer Taylor Swift and former Uber engineer Susan Fowler.

“The galvanizing actions of the women on our cover…along with those of hundreds of others, and of many men as well, have unleashed one of the highest-velocity shifts in our culture since the 1960s,” Felsenthal said in a statement.

The Silence Breakers emerged amid burgeoning allegations of sexual misconduct and assault by film executive Harvey Weinstein. As his list of accusers swelled, so did the number of people who spoke up to expose dozens of other famous individuals in Hollywood, politics, journalism and other industries as sexual predators.

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  • leastyebejudged

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  • AJ Drew

    And the article spares no punches. WH staff will be hiding it from him, no doubt:

    America’s 45th President, captured on a 2005 recording, was, by any standard, vulgar. He didn’t just say that he’d made a pass; he “moved on her like a bitch.” He didn’t just talk about fondling women; he bragged that he could “grab ’em by the pussy.”
    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.”

    • David Walker

      That [the fucking moron] could express himself that way and still be named Time’s “Person” of the year reflects on his influence on society. I can’t say that I admire him, but I definitely admire the sense of justice and the tremendous courage of these and the other women who’ve come forward. Nevertheless, the kiddie diddling twice impeached ex-judge embodiment of sleaze and hypocrisy will win the election…in part because of the cover, in part to show those of us with a sense of honor how wrong we are and how disgusting Cult 45 voters are.

      • LawdyB

        Person of the Year is not necessarily a good thing. It just means they had actions over the preceding year that caused a lot of things to happen. Sometimes those were good things, other times bad. “President of the Divided States of America” doesn’t sound like a good thing at all.

        • David Walker

          Yes. I should have included that. Thank you for pointing that out.

      • ColdCountry

        LawdyB is right about the Person of the Year not necessarily being a good thing. After all, Hitler made it one year, because he had, they felt, the greatest impact on the world that year.

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  • DaddyRay

    It is a good message to send during this era of Trump and their revolt against political correctness.

  • Ninja0980

    Well deserved cover.

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    President Putz is more worthless than dried cum in a used condom.

  • AlternativeQuacks

    In a way, Trump is person of the year 2 years in a row. He’s the glaring unmentioned presence on this cover.

    • Reality.Bites

      His victims are. I’d be interested how often he’s mentioned in the article. If they didn’t, shame on Time.

      • AJ Drew

        oh, he’s mentioned all right!

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  • HZ81

    Wonderful and deserved notion, but the Person of the Year should be a person, damn it, or call it something else.

    Yes, get off my lawn and the Andrew Sisters were sluts and all, but c’mon! 🙂

    • AJ Drew

      It really should be called something else. POTY gives an impression of an award, instead of what it really is, which is just “Most news-worthy,” good or bad.

      • pablo

        That’s caused a lot of problems for Time. In 2001 POTY should’ve been Osama bin Laden but they had so many threats of cancelled subscriptions that they made it the slightly less evil Rudy Guiliani.

        • AJ Drew

          Agreed. And every year they have to explain what it really means. I guess the current POTY term garners more attention than “top news topic” or such.

      • Reality.Bites

        If it’s most news-WORTHY, then they’d have to just give it to Cher every year.

    • Randolph Finder

      First non singular person was 1950 with the American Fighting Man. Total of 16 times hasn’t been a singular person. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_Person_of_the_Year

  • gaycuckhubby

    For the most part I absolutely love this! These women and men deserve the spotlight and have started a very important conversation in our country and across the world. But like every movement we need to think about it, analyze it, and examine it. I’m a little concerned recently that we are lumping everything in with the #metoo movement. When a fairly innocuous joke can bring down a career as quickly as rape charges then we need to have a closer look

    • clay

      I’m concerned at the other end, that we’re lumping violent rape in with marital infidelity.

      • gaycuckhubby

        Very true

    • Dayglo

      A monumental revolution tempered with some hysteria.

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    • Gerry Fisher

      Ongoing analysis and adjustment–“continuous improvement”–is always a good idea.

    • wineflask

      Unfortunately the career brought down by a joke was that of a person *defending* the victim of a convicted rapist. Oh, you weren’t talking of Sam Seder?

  • Nathaniel

    Considering who they chose last year: better late than never.

  • leastyebejudged

    Silence =’s Death

  • Do Something Nice

    It’s a shame they didn’t include Anthony Rapp on that cover.

    • narutomania

      It would be interesting to know if they had offered the opportunity to him, or to any male victim.

      • Talia Smith

        There are men that are included in the article.

    • Gerry Fisher

      I do remember him saying that he was “standing on the shoulders” of the all the women who started the #metoo movement. I think it’s OK if our gender stays off the cover for this one.

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  • greenmanTN

    I did a speed read of the article and photos and, unless I missed it, I didn’t see Anthony Rapp (Kevin Spacey accuser) mentioned.

    • AJ Drew

      Looks like you are correct. Spacey gets a brief mention, but nothing specific.

      “The Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey was scrubbed from a completed movie.”

      • greenmanTN

        Apparently the case is already in or headed to court so it probably has to do with that, Rapp instructed not to participate in publicity that might affect the court case.

        • Reality.Bites

          I don’t think there’s a court case filed. I’ve heard nothing about Rapp seeking damages nor of it being possible to charge Spacey.

          • greenmanTN

            You’re right. I was basing that off of a headline I saw, which when I went back was about another accuser, not Rapp. (An 18 year old boy Spacey allegedly groped.) Apparently Rapp has gotten a lot of attacks on social media for “killing” House Of Cards so maybe that’s why he didn’t participate?


          • Strepsi

            I think it’s simply about women.
            The article is bookended with the Women’s March in January and the #MeToo movement now.

          • Reality.Bites

            Yes – they didn’t need his co-operation to mention him. And his speaking up was definitely a pivotal point. Leaving him out would be like leaving out (in a very different way) Trump.

  • gaycuckhubby

    Well deserved. Let’s celebrate this for what it is not because it pisses off Trump. That’s what he wants, that’s how he and illegitimizes* it

    * is that an actual word?

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      • gaycuckhubby

        There we go!!!

  • SoCalGal20

    Good! It’s about time women were taken seriously on this issue.

    Trump is not going to be amused. Protestors should show up at the Pensacola rally with that cover blown up on signs.

    • cleos_mom

      But even here there was a ‘what about the MEN?’ reaction.

      Can’t help seeing a connection to the revered argument that a rape victim is someone’s wife, mother, daughter, sister, cleaning lady, Tarot reader, dog walker. The moral responsibility of the attacker defined by the victim’s usefulness to someone else. I’d like to hear what the take would be on a rape victim who’s a single orphan with no siblings.

  • Dazzer

    I’m not sure whether this is going to be a particularly relevant honour in the greater scheme of things.

    The fact that Trump was elected (with the help of a minority of white women) and that Mel Gibson not only continues to get cast – but also received an Oscar nod last year (and Casey Affleck won an Oscar despite all the allegations about him), shows that there’s no overall drive towards equality.

    #MeToo is important, but I can’t see it as anything more than a flash in the pan at the moment.

    • leastyebejudged

      I wasn’t aware Gibson had a history of abusing women like Trump.

      The stuff about the Jews was half right, so people don’t really give a shit about that. You sure you don’t just hate him because of his religion ? Seems like some very real animus there.

      • Oscarlating Wildely

        “The stuff about the Jews was half right, so people don’t really give a shit about that.”

        And next up on Anti-Semiticism for breakfast.

        • leastyebejudged

          Take a look at Israel right now, eager to launch us into WWIII, and pull your head out of your ass.

          The Jews I know don’t like to be associated with Zionists.

          Paid Zionists always come out of the woodwork when you speak out against their agenda.

          • Oscarlating Wildely

            And obviously as you know every Jew in the world and all policies concerning Zionism and what we all seem to think.

            And your mother’s tongue is up my ass, not my head.

          • leastyebejudged

            Your willful ignorance is only superseded by your dishonesty.

          • cleos_mom

            Paid Zionists always come out of the woodwork when you speak out against their agenda.

            Ah yes, the old “Jews control the world” schtick; didn’t take it long to pop out like a fart in an elevator.

            BTW, Superman was Jewish, very old school. No way would a guy with a name like “Kal-El” (son of Jor-El) come from good Baptist stock.

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        UhOh… someone gave Bill Donohue a disqus account!

      • Dazzer

        Yes. Gibson has a long history of abusing women – not just physically, but verbally as well.

        He’s a thoroughly nasty piece of work.

        As for why I don’t like him, the primary reason is that he has a thoroughly unpleasant history of misogyny, homophobia and anti-Semitism.

        A secondary reason is that I’ve actually met the poison dwarf and he’s a thoroughly unpleasant motherfucker.

        On your recommendation, I’ll add his religion as another reason to hate him – but, frankly, my first two reasons are more than enough.

    • Jefe5084

      big word for a hateful, idiot moron from Alabama, too.

  • Oscarlating Wildely

    Note: Person of the Year is not a statement of merit but news coverage and public attention. Hitler got a shitload of attention, even for being an asshole. Ditto Cheeto.

    • juanjo54

      Do you have a point? Did you read the article?

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    • Tomcat

      He has convinced himself he is not guilty. Of anything!

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  • Tomcat

    But why only the arm of one of them? Is that indicative of the unknown victims?

    • AJayne

      “Showing” the many more who couldn’t fit into one photo?

    • Strepsi

      I believe it’s a Vanity-Fair-style gatefold cover

  • Tomcat

    And how many came out over the years just to be ridiculed and shut up?

  • Lizard

    Hair Furor tweetstorm in 3…2…1…

  • canoebum

    Time Magazine’s Person of the Year 2018: Robert Mueller.

    • Dayglo

      Yes, please!

  • Perfect.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    Best Time choice ever! This makes me so happy.

  • easygoingmister

    Great pick! So glad to hear it!

  • AdamTh

    Hair Furor tweets what about the “failing, 3rd rate TIME” magazine..?

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  • kaydenpat

    Great choice.

  • boobert

    That’s a relief .

  • Pip

    This is great, but can I still be disappointed that #45 was the runner up?

  • The “Un-Trumps”. Definitely a nod to his hateful misogyny.

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  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Anything that contributes to Trump having an aneurysm is a good thing.

    In all seriousness, this is an excellent decision and very timely, especially given the fact that is sadly appears that ‘Bama is about to elect of sexual predator to the Senate.