Time magazine names ‘silencebreakers’ as person of the year
On Wednesday, Time magazine has named the social movement in order to raise awareness about sexual harassment and assault. The publication announced following the #MeToo social media hashtag, as the most influential ‘person’ in 2017, reports NTV.Time Editor-in-Chief Edward Felsenthal said, ‘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 who came forward to tell their own stories.’ He referred to them as ‘the silence breakers.’Leading to multiple firings and investigations, the recognition comes between a wave of public claims of sexual misconduct that have targeted some of the most prominent men in US politics, media and entertainment.As more people made their allegations public, other individuals in addition shared their own stories of assault and harassment and often with posts on social media platforms using the hashtag #MeToo.Tarana Burke, who created the hashtag said, ‘I could never had envisioned something that would change the world. I was trying to change my community.’She also stressed, ‘This is just the start. It’s not just a moment, it’s a movement. Now the work really begins.’Followed by Chinese President Xi Jinping, Felsenthal said that in 2016 US President Donald Trump was Time’s person of the year is also the first runner-up this year.US Department of Justice Special Counsel Robert Mueller was included by other finalists. He is also leading the investigation of alleged Russian meddling in the election that Trump won; North Korean President Kim Jong Un; ‘Wonder Woman’ director Patty Jenkins; and football player-turned-activist Colin Kaepernick.The person, group, thing or idea that has been recognized by Time’s annual distinction is determined as the greatest influence on events for the year.