As Time magazine’s iconic Person of the Year cover spreads across the internet, thousands took to Twitter to voice their opinions on this year’s winner – The Silence Breakers.
From congratulatory tweets to heated debates on whether Taylor Swift deserved to be on the cover – the internet did not hold back.
The “Silence breakers”
Time chose to celebrate the anti-harassment #MeToo movement as the “Person of the Year” by featuring a few of the women who shared their stories of sexual abuse.
The cover included Susan Fowler, a former Uber employee whose blog post about Silicon Valley sexism led to the departure of CEO Travis Kalanick, “Isabel Pascual”, a pseudonymous agricultural worker who has been stalked and harassed by her boss, and Adama Iwu, a corporate lobbyist who inspired dozens of women to expose sexual harassment in California’s state capitol.
Ashley Judd also stood alongside the fearless women as one of the first women to accuse film mogul, Harvey Weinstein, of sexual harassment in October.
"It became a hashtag, a movement, a reckoning. But it began, as great social change nearly always does, with individual acts of courage." Bow down to all the Silence Breakers 👊 #Metoo #RaiseYourVoice✊#TIMEPOY pic.twitter.com/Xeyilgekz3
— MAKERS (@MAKERSwomen) December 6, 2017
— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) December 6, 2017
You didn't break us.
We didn't even bend.
Hillary was right. We ARE stronger together.
— Holly O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) December 6, 2017
Taylor Swift controversy
Taylor Swift earned her place on the cover after she took a former DJ to court after she accused him of groping her. Twitter users came out in droves in support of Taylor, while others questioned the validity of her place on the cover.
Think-pieces have already been penned and are currently circulating on the internet – analysing Swift’s lack of support for the #MeToo campaign
Reasons why Taylor Swift is TIME's Person of the Year:
– She stood up against sexual assault (and won)
– She countersued only for $1 and made her point
– She helped other victims to raise their voice
– She showed her financial support for other victims (like Kesha) #TIMEPOY pic.twitter.com/nRJLpIvlER
— Taylor Swift Facts (@TSwiftFCT) December 6, 2017
I know Taylor Swift did brilliantly in her sexual assault trial, but putting her on the #TimePOY cover when she hasn’t participated in the #MeToo movement or used her platform to support the women is a weird and a kinda gross choice.
— Mikaela (@mikaelayeah) December 6, 2017
Taylor Swift's inclusion with #TIMEPOY also strikes me as a bit strange. True, her testimony in the trial against the groper DJ was fantastic. But she's been SILENT on the #MeToo campaign. And she said nothing in Kesha's defense during her battles with Dr. Luke.
— Jesse Gavin (@JesseGavin1) December 6, 2017
3. The irony of Donald Trump
To many, it was just as significant who failed to “win” the title: Donald Trump. On Wednesday, Time announced that Trump was first runner-up for Person of the Year, according to The Guardian. Twitter celebrated his loss and pointed out the irony that the first runner-up to the Silence Breakers is a man with a history of sexual assault allegations.
— Mimi Chan (@MimiMuse) December 7, 2017
How fitting that in the same week we saw Trump fully endorse Roy Moore, he was supplanted by The Silence Breakers as #TIMEPOY… ‘Go get em’ Rose, Ashley, Isabel, Juana, Crystal, Selma, Lindsey, Summer, Wendy…#TimePersonOfTheYear
— Cyrus McQueen (@CyrusMMcQueen) December 6, 2017
— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) December 6, 2017
The Silence Breakers, women (and men) who broke silence about being sexually harassed, are @TIME Person of the Year 2017, while Donald Trump, the man who DID the sexual harassment is the first runner up. That's shamelessly ironic. #TIMEPOY pic.twitter.com/MfGLetjFOd
— Adam MS (@Muh_Sadam) December 6, 2017