The #MeToo Campaign is TIME's 'Person of the Year' for 2017
Today, TIME announced that the 2017 "Person of the Year" is the #MeToo campaign. The selection comes in the wake of Donald Trump claiming he was in the running for the annual honor. Featuring the headline "The Silence Breakers," the issue pays tribute to the "voices that launched a movement."
Appearing on this year's cover are actress Ashley Judd, singer/songwriter Taylor Swift, whistleblower Susan Fowler and other women who have lent their voices in the campaign against sexual harassment, sexual assault, and rape and were actively involved in the #MeToo campaign.
The article explains, "The women and men who have broken their silence span all races, all income classes, all occupations and virtually all corners of the globe. They might labor in California fields, or behind the front desk at New York City's regal Plaza Hotel, or in the European Parliament. They're part of a movement that has no formal name. But now they have a voice."
TIME editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal told NBC's TODAY, "This is the fastest moving social change we've seen in decades, and it began with individual acts of courage by hundreds of women - and some men, too - who came forward to tell their own stories."
The #MeToo movement was created by actress Alyssa Milano following allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Milano took to Twitter to share her reaction to the news of the TIME announcement:
In 2017 women stood up and said #MeToo. We overcame our fears to #BreakTheSilence. Technology and social media have connected us all. We can't turn away from each other's pain. We are connected to it. We are connected to each other. We are connected. THREAD. #TimePOTY - Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) December 6, 2017
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