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.
— TIME (@TIME) December 6, 2017
TIME’s Person of the Year, just announced on @TODAYshow, is the “Silence Breakers,” people who came forward to tell their stories of sexual assault.
Trump was the runner-up. pic.twitter.com/lmmHjB2ceD
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 6, 2017
BREAKING: Time’s People of the Year are “The Silence Breakers” – all the women who inspired and drove the #MeToo movement
— Ali Velshi (@AliVelshi) December 6, 2017
TIME Person of the Year 2016:
The Pussy Grabber.
TIME Person of the Year 2017:
The #MeToo Movement.
That is called KARMIC JUSTICE.
— PROUD RESISTER 👊 (@ProudResister) December 6, 2017
BREAKING: "The Silence Breakers" of the #metoo movement named TIME's 2017 Person of the Year.
The irony that these brave women, some of those who Trump allegedly attacked himself beat Trump!!
— Brian Krassenstein🐬 (@krassenstein) December 6, 2017
JUST IN: Time magazine chooses #MeToo movement as 2017's Person of the Year
— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 6, 2017