Time Magazine has revealed there is no single person that defined the year than the way a group of people did, announcing the anti-harassment #MeToo movement as its Person of the Year for 2017.
Referring to the people as “The Silence Breakers”, it has recognised them in the movement which represents the people, mostly women who have driven discussion about sexual harassment and assault.
“This reckoning appears to have sprung up overnight. But it has actually been simmering for years, decades, centuries,” Time’s story about the decision said.
“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.”
Time Magazine’s editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal announced the decision on NBC’s Today show in Wednesday morning.
“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,” Mr Felsenthal said.
“It became a hashtag, a movement, a reckoning,” Felsenthal wrote in an explanation published on Time’s website.
“But it began, as great social change nearly always does, with individual acts of courage.”
The movement began in October after actress-activist Alyssa Milano tweeted: “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.”
The hashtag was tweet nearly a million times in 48hours.
“I could never had envisioned something that would change the world,” Tarana Burke, who created the hashtag, told NBC.
The magazine’s cover features celebrities Ashley Judd and Taylor Swift alongside other who say they have been harassed.
U.S. President Donald Trump was named runner-up for Person of the Year while Chinese President Xi Jinping came in third.
Other finalists included US Department of Justice Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the investigation of alleged Russian meddling in the election that Mr Trump won, North Korean President Kim Jong Un, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins and football player-turned activist Colin Kaepernick.
The annual distinction recognises a person, group, thing or idea that it has determined to have the greatest influence on events for the year.
Mr Trump, Time’s Person of the Year in 2016 had tweeted recently that the magazine had told him he “probably” would be honoured again if he had agreed to an interview and photoshoot.
He said he “took a pass,” but Time has disputed the president’s account of events.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was chosen as the magazine’s 2015 Person of the Year, said through a spokesperson that this year’s winners should be thanked for “for having the courage to break the silence on sexual assaults and for the worldwide discussion that they have launched.”
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