Twitter celebrates Time's choice of 'silence breakers' as Person of the Year

Danny Woods
December 7, 2017

Time Magazine has named "The Silence Breakers: The Voices That Launched a Movement" as a collective "Person of the Year".

The #MeToo movement represents a broad range of people, mostly women who made public their sexual harassment experience.

The win for the #metoo movement marks the 91st time the magazine has named a person, group or a concept that has had the greatest impact on the world that year.

"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", explained TIME's editor-in-chief, Edward Felsenthal.

Ironically enough, the announcement was made Wednesday on NBC's "Today" show, which just fired former host Matt Lauer for his own sexual misconduct. The actor Alyssa Milano tweeted the phrase in mid-October, telling her followers: "If you've been sexually harassed or assaulted write "me too" as a reply to this tweet". "The hashtag #MeToo (swiftly adapted into #BalanceTonPorc, #YoTambien, #Ana_kaman and many others), which to date has provided an umbrella of solidarity for millions of people to come forward with their stories, is part of the picture, but not all of it".

There was some discrepancy, however, with Milano receiving criticism - particularly from black women - for not properly crediting Burke as the creator of the movement and seemingly passing it off as her own.

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"This is just the start".

"As women, we have to support each other and stand together and say, 'That's it".

"The President is incorrect about how we choose Person of the Year", a Time spokeswoman told CNN in a statement. "It's vital to me that we really set in some actionable things that we can do to continue this momentum". He has denied any wrongdoing. It also highlights the plight of sexual harassment among people who don't have as large of an audience by featuring Isabel Pascual, a woman from Mexico who works picking strawberries, and Adama Iwu, a corporate lobbyist in Sacramento.

Trump, Person of the Year in 2016, tweeted recently that the magazine had told him he "probably" would be named again if he agreed to an interview and photo shoot.

Runners up included Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump.

The magazine became embroiled in a Twitter row with Mr Trump over this year's award after he claimed he "took a pass" because the publication asked for the opportunity to meet him without confirming he would retain the title. Time has disputed his account.

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