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Posted: December 06, 2017

Twitter celebrates Time’s choice of ‘silence breakers’ as Person of the Year

VIDEO: ‘The Silence Breakers’ Named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year


Twitter celebrates Time’s choice of ‘silence breakers’ as Person of the Year
Ashley Judd is among the 'silence breakers' named Time Magazine's Person of the Year.

By Stephanie Toone, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Time magazine kicked off the morning with a surprising announcement that its anticipated “Person of the Year” would not be just one person. Instead, the magazine announced it was honoring the women and men who “span all races, all income classes, all occupations and virtually all corners of the globe” for breaking their silence.

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The magazine dubbed the group “silence breakers,” devoting the cover to people like actress Ashley Judd, who spawned the public string of sexual harassment and assault allegations against film tycoon Harvey Weinstein. Pop star Taylor Swift is also featured on the cover, since she faced criticism and backlash when she called out her harasser earlier this year.

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The article also highlights Tarana Burke, who founded the #MeToo movement more than 10 years ago to highlight the stories of underprivileged people of color affected by sexual abuse. 

Related: Before Alyssa Milano, #MeToo began with activist Tarana Burke 10 years ago

Early Wednesday morning, Twitter heralded those who courageously made their accounts of sexual abuse public and stood against the powerful forces that previously silenced them.

Since those profiled in the article made mention of President Donald Trump as directly or indirectly part of the issue with sexual harassment, some responding to the announcement mocked the commander in chief as they celebrated the “silence breakers.”

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