‘Silence Breakers’ Are TIME Magazine’s Person Of The Year

By on December 6, 2017

Although President Donald Trump said that the publication had contacted him about the honor — and he claimed he had rejected it — TIME Magazine on Wednesday didn’t name him its Person of the Year. In fact, the magazine named individuals who Trump has called liars in the past as its honorees for 2017.

TIME picked the “Silence Breakers” as its Person of the Year this time around. Individuals, most of them women, who spoke out against abuses in the workplace, in Hollywood, in Washington, and elsewhere, were seen as the most important person(s) for the past year.

“The women and men who have broken their silence span all races, all income classes, all occupations and virtually all corners of the globe,” TIME wrote. “They’re part of a movement that has no formal name. But now they have a voice.”

Trump was included among those whom the Silence Breakers had sought to expose. And for good reason: they haven’t forgotten the president’s words.

From TIME:

The language used by the man who would become America’s 45th President, captured on a 2005 recording, was, by any standard, vulgar. He didn’t just say that he’d made a pass; he “moved on her like a bitch.” He didn’t just talk about fondling women; he bragged that he could “grab ’em by the pussy.”

TIME didn’t mince words when it came to Trump. “That [he] could express himself that way and still be elected President is part of what stoked the rage that fueled the Women’s March the day after his Inauguration [and] why women seized on that crude word as the emblem of the protest that dwarfed Trump’s Inauguration crowd size,” the magazine wrote.

Trump, to be sure, was runner-up for Person of the Year. And rightly so — keep in mind that the honor isn’t always a prestigious one. America engages in discussions about Trump (namely, the ways he embarrasses us, or how he’s unfit to lead) on a daily basis, if not more so. Consideration for him to become Person of the Year was warranted.

But the Silence Breakers are definitely more deserving of the honor this year. For starters, they are in a position where more good can be done because of their efforts, even wielding more influence for change in society than the president (who has yet to get a major piece of legislation passed in Congress).

They have brought down people in high places and positions of power, people who have abused that power, to expose them for their misdeeds. This includes lawmakers and politicians, some who remain in place, and some who have resigned or plan to. The Silence Breakers will continue to expose those who have abused or assaulted them for many more months, if not years, to come.

That includes Trump. It also includes Roy Moore. And Al Franken. And John Conyers. This isn’t a partisan issue — the Silence Breakers do not have a political agenda, but rather a moral one, to remove abusers from positions of power where they have hurt women and men for years.

Their work will improve our world. And so the honor is well deserved.