Time magazine has just named all the brave, outspoken victims of sexual misconduct, who have made their stories known over the past months, as their choice for 2017 "Person of the Year." Dozens of women and the odd man, referred to as "Silence Breakers," will be honored in the annual publication for their courage in standing up to decades of institutionalized harassment and abuse.
The revelations uncovered by certain individuals has helped prompt millions worldwide to talk about their experiences of being sexually harassed or assaulted. It is understood to hold close ties to the #MeToo movement, a campaign founded by activist Tarana Burke, which aims to raise awareness about sexual violence.
Time, however, says the hashtag, which sprung into step as allegations emerged against numerous high-profile men like Harvey Weinstein, was just "part of the picture, not all of it." "This is the fastest-moving social change we've seen in decades," editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal said.
In an interview with NBC Today, he said that it "began with individual acts of courage by hundreds of women – and some men, too – who came forward to tell their own stories."
"Movie stars are supposedly nothing like you and me," the Time editorial reads, "They're svelte, glamorous, selfpossessed. They wear dresses we can't afford and live in houses we can only dream of."
"Yet it turns out that – in the most painful and personal ways – movie stars are more like you and me than we ever knew."
The announcement of their cover story (featuring celebrities including Taylor Swift, Terry Crews Rose McGowan) was made on NBC Today. It comes just a week after harassment allegations led to the firing of its lead host Matt Lauer, who co-anchor Savannah Guthrie called out by name – stating how the Time cover hits "close to home."
The two runners-up were Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump, himself accused of sexual misconduct by numerous women.
Check out Time's "Person of the Year" editorial here.