Did I call this, or did I call this?
I gave you the shortlist for Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” earlier this week, and pointed out at that time that my prediction was that the #MeToo movement would grab the honor.
I mean, seriously, how could it be avoided? The point of the award is to highlight newsmakers. This movement has touched politics, media, and the entertainment industry. There has been no escaping its reach.
With a magazine cover picturing Ashley Judd, Taylor Swift, and former Uber engineer Susan Fowler, this statement was issued:
“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,” the magazine’s editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal said in a statement, according to NBC’s “Today.”
“Social media acted as a powerful accelerant; the hashtag #MeToo has now been used millions of times in at least 85 countries…The idea that influential, inspirational individuals shape the world could not be more apt this year…. For giving voice to open secrets, for moving whisper networks onto social networks, for pushing us all to stop accepting the unacceptable, The Silence Breakers are the 2017 Person of the Year,” he added.
I would argue that the cover should have included Rose McGowan, but I guess the troubled actress didn’t present the image they were going for, which is unfortunate.
Felsenthal called “The Silence Breakers” the voices that “launched a movement.”
“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 of sexual harassment and assault,” he said on NBC’s “Today.”
And he’s right.
There are a lot of reasons women (as well as men and children) stay quiet and hide these secrets away, but that they’re now feeling free to speak openly, finding others with similar experiences to support them, that’s a good thing.
OH… and the runner-up for the 2017 “Person of the Year” was President Trump, so expect him to tweet out something about how his refusal to accept “probably” is the reason it was given to the #MeToo movement.