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Time's Person of the Year 2017 Are 'Silence Breakers' Like Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan, Taylor Swift & More

Time's Person of the Year 2017 Are 'Silence Breakers' Like Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan, Taylor Swift & More

Time has named the #MeToo movement, or “the silence breakers,” as their Person of the Year for 2017. The #MeToo movement is a social media movement that shows just how many people have been the victim of sexual misconduct.

The magazine writes, “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.”

Many are quoted in the article, including Ashley Judd, who spoke out about Harvey Weinstein, and Taylor Swift, who came forward about a DJ who groped her during a photo opp.

“I figured that if he would be brazen enough to assault me under these risky circumstances,” Taylor told the magazine, “imagine what he might do to a vulnerable, young artist if given the chance.”

“I started talking about Harvey the minute that it happened,” Ashley said. “Literally, I exited that hotel room at the Peninsula Hotel in 1997 and came straight downstairs to the lobby, where my dad was waiting for me, because he happened to be in Los Angeles from Kentucky, visiting me on the set. And he could tell by my face—to use his words—that something devastating had happened to me. I told him. I told everyone.”

For more from these brave women, visit Time.com.

See the shortlist of other candidates for Person of the Year.

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  • Amber

    But Taylor won’t denounce her white supremacist fans.

  • Lisa

    She did but no one paid attention to it. Her team published a letter denouncing white supremacy and the alt-right in response to an article which compared her to Hitler.

  • Amber

    You mean her lawyers sent a cease and desist letter threatening to sue for defamation, and in the process mentioned that Taylor does not support the alt-right movement. That letter was meant to be confidential, the blogger published it anyway. That’s quite different than Taylor herself issuing a press release denouncing those using her image, and music to support a racist movement. If she can publicly come out against Apple, and Spotify then she should have no problem coming out against alt-right neo nazism.

  • Lisa

    But once she publicly and loudly speaks out against alt-right, people will want her to speak out against Trump, the Republican party, etc etc. People will never be satisfied. Taylor gets more shit for not being more political than other celebrities get for proudly stating that they voted for Trump. Not to mention all the male artists that get a pass for not being outspoken. Where’s all the backlash against like 99% of country artists? Besides, her not speaking out against a certain issue, doesn’t make her speaking out against another issue any less valid.

  • jh7058622

    I think Amber is saying she’s unworthy of this honor and I must agree. She isn’t some feminist heroine like she’d like to be seen as she’s an enabler of the backwards thinking she’s claiming to be a champion against.

  • Lisa

    But have all these other women spoken out against white supremacy? Why is only Taylor less worthy of this if she hasn’t than the other women? She’s getting honored for being literally one of the very few high-profile celebrities who has gone to court to fight against sexual harrassment just to inspire other people rather than earn money. She’s not being honored for her feminism or her activism in general. It’s literally just about sexual harrassment like it is for all the other women portrayed.

  • jh7058622

    No it is not. The title reads:The Silence Breakers. The one thing Alyssa Milano, Rose McGowan and Ashley Judd and even Megyn Kelly all have in common is that they aren’t afraid to denounce what they believe is evil regardless of the cause. She has not hero she’s a fraud if she can’t do that and tries to perpetuate this lie. She’s a coward imo.

  • imsn

    those people asking why taylor swift is on time magazine’s cover are the same people who stayed silent during the entirety of her sexual assault trial

  • Lisa

    Megyn Kelly, seriously?? She’s MUCH worse than Taylor. She’s a huge hypocrite who worked for Fox News for 13 years and helped perpetuate racism, homophobia and everything that’s wrong with today’s society. The least you could do is go read her wikipedia page and see all the racist and ignorant BS she has spewed over the years. And come on you didn’t even read the article. It’s 100% about sexual harrassment. That’s what the introduction, the video and all the interviews are about.

  • jh7058622

    I said that time she did a great thing that day. Sometimes she tries to have her cake and eat it too with her feminist preaching and it comes across as hollow like she is yet again using it to play the victim. She can be political about this but not denounce a hate group using her effigy as a monument to their cause?

  • jh7058622

    However she spoke her mind and still does regardless of people’s opinions. She just said homophobic things not too long ago on her new show. She’s not afraid to show her true feeling rather they are liked or disliked? My point still remains Taylor is an after the fact accomplice and complicit with a hate group due to her silence. I know exactly what the contents are in the article it doesn’t change the hypocrisy of her actions or the title of the magazine.

  • Phil the Donahue

    How is she suppose to denounce the stupid in this country when we got stupid at the white house. The fact that she called out the dj and went to court was huge. Why don’t you call out stupid? I’m sure there are a ton in your family.

  • Arx

    Wow this is disgraceful. Taylor Swift isn’t happy unless she’s playing the victim. They should’ve replaced “Victim Swift” with Kesha.

  • Lisa

    So you would rather Taylor be openly homophobic rather than have to make assumptions about her beliefs because of her silence?? What kind of messed up logic is that?

  • jh7058622

    Absolutely if that is her truth. If she agrees with white supremacy (not saying she does) I’d rather her be honest with herself and everyone around her than just appeasing the masses. Again this wouldn’t have to be an issue if she wasn’t always political when it was convenient for her. To me is what a silence breaker truly is is standing your ground regardless of if it is trendy or not.

    Also do you know what the word complicit means? Look it up and come back to me.

  • Elowai ¯_(ツ)_/¯

    Am I the only one curious whose arm that is on the right? She got cut off the cover. That’s terrible.

  • Sansa Squad

    okay accusing women of “playing the victim” is a classic trope abusers and their apologists use to gaslight their victims so if you’re really concerned with what’s “disgraceful” you can kindly shut your mouth and respect that taylor stood up for herself and other women in this case and deserves the recognition as much as anyone else (including kesha who, btw, you may recall received a very generous donation from taylor to help cover her legal fees in the dr. luke case – and she did that without taking any credit). taylor empowers women while you tear them down/try to position them against each other… in perpetuating victim-blaming you are complicit in this culture she is fighting against, so you’re in no position judge, now are you?

  • Maria M.

    What a travesty!

  • Ram

    swift on the cover, but not rose mcgowan…..?????

  • jh7058622

    It does feel somewhat ironic doesn’t it?

  • Ram

    Lisa girl, we get it, you’re a stan, but you can’t bend facts to go your way. facts are facts.

  • Lisa

    They wanted to have people from different sectors on the cover. So it would have been either Ashley Judd or Rose McGowan since they are both in the film and TV industry. Taylor represents the music industry.

  • Sansa Squad

    just a thought – maybe don’t use language like “playing the victim” (historically used by abusers and their apologists to shame and gaslight women) in discussions about sexual harassment, because frankly it’s minimizing and insulting to all of us who’ve gone through it. she stood up for herself and more importantly other women before it was “popular” to do so and that’s worthy of recognition, period. and I get your frustration over the white supremacy thing (trust), but I think it’s important to remember her weird white supremacist following is v fringe-y – most people really aren’t aware of it – and by speaking about it she’d be ushering them into the mainstream, which could potentially be damaging in its own way… I’m not saying she’s right necessarily but I’m saying I understand why she hasn’t spoken about it outside of the cease and desist letter.

  • Lisa

    No, I’m actually not. Taylor’s music is definitely not the kind of music I’m into and I definitely don’t agree with a lot of the things she has said and done. Not that being a stan would make my opinion any less valid. But please tell me what facts I mentioned aren’t accurate. I’d love to know!

  • Sansa Squad

    Apparently it was intentional: “The mysterious elbow is a provocative artistic choice, and it’s no mistake. Its owner is meant to represent the millions of women (and all people) who suffer sexual harassment and assault in silence—the people who cannot publicly come forward, for fear of violence, loss of employment, familial rejection, or any other reason. This obscured woman represents women who anonymously—yet forcefully—shared their stories of sexual harassment in the past year.”

  • Lisa

    Wow that’s so touching! I love how obvious it is that the whole story was reported, written and edited by women and the whole photoshoot was done by women. You can really sense that it’s all from the point of view of women.

  • Amber

    Why did you have to make it about me and my family? Oh, right, because you don’t actually have anything to contribute except insults. Bye!

  • Amber

    I think what you’re saying is that her speaking out is a slippery slope. I can see how Taylor might feel the same, but something as demoralizing as having white supremacists take on your namesake and image for their “cause” without permission should warrant an unequivocal rejection, whether or not she’s a male, and whether or not she’s spoken out against other issues in the past. This, I believe is a lot more important.

  • Arx

    Taylor Swift hasn’t stood up for anything. Taylor consistently remains silent on almost all important issues affecting women and minorities. They’re women who have actually been severely abused and raped but instead of highlighting them and their struggles the attention is yet again put on Taylor. She is a disgrace and is opportunistic. TIME should remove her from the cover and replace her with a woman who has actually stood up and risked their career by speaking out against these abusive men.

  • Amber

    But, considering Taylor’s fanbase is what? Pre-teens, and teens? It’s easier for her to excuse herself for not taking a stance when her young fans are too young to understand (or care) about the gravity of the situation. I understand that coming out politically on either side is a risk for celebrities, but if Taylor does not share those views, then she should let it be known that she does not endorse their movement, or their beliefs. She’s backing out on a fight that’s a lot more important than her calling out Nicki Minaj, or Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Clearly, she’s shown in the past that she cares about how her image is perceived. Why be silent now? Her silence is complicit. That’s a problem!

  • Arx

    Why is Taylor a representative for the music industry? Kesha and Lady Gaga have both been more outspoken about issues affect women from pay inequity to sexual harassment.

  • Amber

    You can’t separate feminism from sexual harassment.

  • jh7058622

    Ok I wasn’t in any way even talking about the case when I said playing victim. It was in regards to her playing that way when the media attack her inaction in regards to the white supremacists. Shes is ok to threaten legal action but she can’t just make a simple message to her fans saying she believes in tollerance and not hate?

    But to humor you I will say instead of that turn of phrase she comes off as disingenuous.

  • Amber

    Except Taylor has publicly played the victim. With Kayne for years, when she responded to Nicki Minaj’s VMA tweet and made the entire situation about herself, and when she made that “there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t support other women” comment.Taylor’s not perfect, no one is, but you’re giving her far too much credit in saying she empowers women. All of these are public, and documented examples of her A. Playing the victim, and B. not empowering women. Let’s not forget her ongoing feud with Katy Perry which Taylor made public in her Rolling Stone profile. The girl is a saint when she wants to be a saint, but don’t let her behavior convince you that’s all she is.

  • jh7058622

    Preach! Gaga made a song about it for a documentary on the subject!

  • Lisa

    Look, if you asked me if I think that she should denounce white supremacy, I would say yes. But I also get why she won’t. I also think that it’s pathetic to hate on her for not speaking out yet ignore the countless other artists who have stayed silent or who have actually spoken in support of Trump and his policies. It’s her life. Who are we to say what she should and shouldn’t speak out against? We have no idea what it’s like for every one of our actions and our words to be put under a microscope. And I also think that it’s awful to invalidate her fight against sexual harrassment because she hasn’t spoken out about other causes. She was a victim of sexual assault. She went to court when the man who groped her tried to victim blame her and stood up for millions of victims of sexual assault. You don’t get to invalidate her experiences just because you don’t like her. She’s just as worthy of being on the cover as all the other women.

  • Lisa

    I never said otherwise. I just replied to Ram’s question. I think that there are many women who are just as worthy or possibly more worthy of representing the music industry on the cover. Just like there are many women who are just as worthy of representing the film/TV industry, the services sector, etc. But that doesn’t mean that Taylor’s experiences aren’t valid or that her fight against sexual harrassment was insignificant.

  • cafeast

    Well good for them, but they really look like victims in those photos. There is a diff between ‘serious’ and ‘feel sorry for them, they are so broken and berated’.
    Is that the message TIME likes to send out?

  • Sansa Squad

    trust me, I’m well-aware of taylor’s past (and present) problematic behavior. I’m saying in THIS case, as it pertains specifically to sexual harassment and assault, her words and actions are empowering and shouldn’t be minimized, regardless of how she’s handled other situations. (and not that it’s relevant, but katy perry called kesha’s allegations against dr. luke “a case of sour grapes” when asked why she continued to collaborate with him, so if taylor – or anyone else – wants to publicly align themselves against her they can truly be my guest.)

  • Amber

    Fair point. I wasn’t aware Katy Perry made that comment, I’m looking into it now.

  • Amber

    Lisa, I think you make valid points, but I don’t like that you accuse me of invalidating her experiences, and that you keep spinning the argument by involving other celebrities, and Donald Trump. All of that is a form of, “whataboutism.”

  • Lisa

    Haha you got that from Last Week Tonight, didn’t you? You might be right but it definitely wasn’t intentional. You can forget that part about other artists who don’t speak out or who support Trump. My point still stands. I think you are invalidating her worthiness of being on the cover aka her experiences by inmediately jumping to the fact that she hasn’t publicly denounced white supremacy. That shouldn’t be that relevant.

  • Sansa Squad

    hasn’t stood up for anything EXCEPT herself and other women who have been sexually assaulted/harassed! assault is assault – stratifying it into levels (only some of which are worthy of our outrage) is exactly the kind of warped logic that makes people silence and ignore victims, e.g. “well what happened to you wasn’t that bad so what’s the big deal??” no matter how “severe” abuse is, there’s always someone who has it worse, it doesn’t make it any less wrong. her win was a symbolic one because it told women everywhere we don’t have to tolerate ANY of this behavior, which is an undeniably important message to send. also, the article itself explains that her positioning on the cover was a carefully-weighed choice. swift and judd (wealthy, white female celebrities) represent white women standing up and using their positions of privilege to shine a light on injustice so the “disenfranchised” women at the table have space to tell their stories and be heard… of course, they also want to sell magazines, because the more people who read this story, the better – period. and look, I get your frustration with her silence on other important issues, but if you really care about whether or not she speaks out, maybe don’t condemn her for this when she’s taking a step in the right direction.

  • donnaeasty

    I applaud Taylor she could have paid of Mueller quietly and we would never have known but she took a stand and for that I applaud her. Taylor also donated over a million dollars to Mariska Hargitay ”Joyful Heart Foundation”. This foundation supports and helps victims of assaults and sexual abuse. It also provides funds for those women and men who can’t afford to take their cases to court. People say Taylor doesn’t speak out,it is easy to march speak out but it is a lot harder to Do something and make a difference for so many victims. That is why I support Taylor being on the cover for standing up for all victims who do not have a voice.

  • donnaeasty

    Oh Amber still vilifying Taylor Swift time to do something better with your time.

  • donnaeasty

    So taking a man to court for sexually assaulting her isn’t worthy. For giving 250.000 to Kesha to help her fight her case against her Rapist isn’t worthy. To donating over a million dollars and supporting Mariska Hargitay’s ”Joyful Hear Foundation which helps survivors of sexual assault rebuild their lives is unworthy. It is very easy to March,Tweet,take selfies but it is not helping anyone but your own ego. Taylor makes a tangible difference to people’s lives. If you can’t respect that then there is no hope for you.

  • donnaeasty

    I am someone who is associated with ”The Joyful Heart Foundation, founded by Mariska Hargitay Taylor has helped out the foundation for many years, she donated over a million dollars to our fund, to help us help victims of sexual assault and abuse. Taylor has made a real difference in these peoples lives funding their legal battles so they may receive justice against those who had harmed them. If you can’t respect that she is a wonderful person then I feel sorry for you. Taylor deserves to be on that cover,it is easy to tweet and march but much harder to actively do something to help others.

  • donnaeasty

    Feminism is about believing in equal rights for everyone. All those so called feminist calling out other woman who didn’t act or speak the way they wanted them to are just bullies plain and simple. We should respect everyone’s right to say what they want. Isn’t that what Feminism is all about.

  • donnaeasty

    So taking a stand in court against the man who tried to sue you, even though you were the one assaulted by him ,isn’t taking a stand good to know.

  • donnaeasty

    Taylor’s fanbase is from 5 to 80 and if you don’t know that then you are delude.