Time Magazine Unveils Its 2017 ‘Person of the Year’

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Time magazine has revealed its pick for 2017 “Person of the Year.” This year, though, there is more than one recipient.

The publication named “The Silence Breakers” as Person of the Year, referring to all those who have come forward this year and claimed that they have been the victims of sexual misconduct.

Time editor in chief Edward Felsenthal announced the pick Wednesday on NBC’s “Today,” calling those who have come forward “the voices that launched a movement.”

“It began with individual acts of courage by hundreds of women and some men too who came forward to tell their own stories of sexual harassment and assault,” he said. “We look to the degree to which this is really just the beginning and how far will it go, how deep into the country.

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On the cover of the magazine are actress Ashley Judd, singer Taylor Swift, corporate lobbyist Adama Iwu, former Uber engineer Susan Fowler and Isabel Pascual, a Mexican woman who earns a living by picking strawberries.

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All five women have said they were the victims of sexual misconduct. Judd, Swift, Iwu and Fowler have all been outspoken in the public campaign to encourage women to come forward.

“I could never imagine this, I could never have envisioned something that could change the world,” Judd told “Today.” She has said she was harassed by former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

Judd went on the record with her claims in The New York Times for a story published in October. The Times article caused more women to allege misconduct against Weinstein. In the aftermath of the scandal, allegations of inappropriate behavior by multiple other well-known figures were revealed.

Actor Kevin Spacey, comedian Louis C.K. and former NBC anchor Matt Lauer have since all become embroiled in their own scandals.

Amidst these allegations, the #MeToo movement gained popularity on social media. Countless women have used the hashtag to say that they too are victims of harassment, assault and even rape.

“This reckoning appears to have sprung up overnight. But it has actually been simmering for years, decades, centuries,” Time said in its story on its Person of the Year.

“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.”

President Donald Trump was Time’s runner-up, while Chinese President Xi Xinping was third, according to CNN.

Trump was named 2016 Person of the Year after he defeated Hillary Clinton to win the presidency. But he sparked controversy last month when he claimed on Twitter that the magazine had told him he would “probably” be 2017’s Person of the Year as well.

The publication responded by saying that Trump’s claim was incorrect.



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