Last month, I wrote that my hope for Time magazine's Person of the Year would either be "Women" or Rose McGowan. I came pretty close -- I'm very happy for "The Silence Breakers" to have been named.
And in some ways, Trump can consider himself partly there on the cover, doing his unfortunate part of helping make the #MeToo response possible.
In some ways, I sort of was hoping for a wider selection, with "Women," given their importance in the Resistance movement against Trump, as well, and so many women now running for political office in response. But I completely understand the more focused choice on "Silence Breakers," which not only is something with especially long-range ramifications, but also it includes men (such as Terry Crews, in the ensuing article). That said, I also would have liked to have seen Rose McGowan on the cover, given how vocal and prominent and impactful she was but I suspect they wanted a cross-range of people on the cover, and Ashley Judd likely represented the connection to accusing Harvey Weinstein, and besides Ms. McGowan is part of the article and the announcement video, as well, so be it.
When Time announced its “Person of the Year,” Editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal discussed their decision to pick sexual harassment accusers. “This is the fastest moving social change we’ve seen in decades,” he said.. “Individual acts of courage by hundreds of women, and some men too, who came forward to tell their own stories of sexual harassment.”
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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