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Time magazine has named the #MeToo social movement — the women and men who have come forward with tales of sexual harassment and assault — as the most influential “person” in 2017, the publication announced Wednesday.
“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,” Editor in Chief Edward Felsenthal told NBC’s “Today” show.
The winner — dubbed “The Silence Breakers” on the magazine’s cover — was selected ahead of a shortlist that included North Korean despot Kim Jung Un, special counsel and former FBI director Robert Mueller, and last year’s Person of the Year, President Trump.
The president last month bragged that the mag had been in touch to say he would “probably” win but he “took a pass” on being named again in 2017 — a claim Time denied.
Time’s cover story features some of the women who spoke out against disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, who has resigned from his production company and faces more than 80 sexual misconduct allegations dating back to the 1970s.
While activist Tarana Burke launched the concept of #MeToo years ago, it became part of the national discourse in October after celebrities used it to share their own sexual-abuse stories.
Actress Rose McGowan, who settled with Weinstein in 1997 after accusing him of rape, has said she wanted to expose how Hollywood has instilled a culture of silence to protect the powerful.
“The number of people sharing their stories with me is so intense, especially since all of this is incredibly triggering for me as well,” McGowan told Time, according to NBC News. “People forget a lot that there’s a human behind this, someone who is very hurt.”
Weinstein has denied all allegations that he engaged in non-consensual sex with women, and no criminal charges have been leveled against him.
Burke told the magazine that the stigma for sexual assault and harassment victims has long been a badge of disgrace — but now the climate has shifted.
“Sexual harassment does bring shame,” she said. “And I think it’s really powerful that this transfer is happening, that these women are able not just to share their shame but to put the shame where it belongs: on the perpetrator.”
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