In a move that only surprised President Donald Trump, Time Magazine announced their Person of the Year and it wasn’t the orange menace. Instead, they chose based on newsworthiness, importance to society, and merit. Congratulations are in order.
To all the Silence Breakers, we congratulate you on your courage in stepping forward and saying #MeToo. You are the true heroes of the year.
What started as a few actors, tired of “business as usual” in Hollywood, has blossomed into a movement that promises change. The movement has been long in building and has affected more people than anyone ever imagined.
It started in October with Ashley Judd. She was the first to speak out during an interview with the New York Times. She discussed producer Harvey Weinstein’s behavior. During her interview with Time, she recounted:
I started talking about Harvey the minute that it happened. Literally, I exited that hotel room at the Peninsula Hotel in 1997 and came straight downstairs to the lobby, where my dad was waiting for me, because he happened to be in Los Angeles from Kentucky, visiting me on the set. And he could tell by my face—to use his words—that something devastating had happened to me. I told him. I told everyone.
The hashtag #MeToo (swiftly adapted into #BalanceTonPorc, #YoTambien, #Ana_kaman and many others), which to date has provided an umbrella of solidarity for millions of people to come forward with their stories, is part of the picture, but not all of it.
And thus, a movement was born. People are still stepping forward. It is frighteningly wonderful. Frightening because this is such a widespread problem. Wonderful because women finally feel like people are listening. The world is listening. America is not such a pretty place at the moment — but we can make it beautiful again. By speaking out.
Be a Silence Breaker.
When you speak out — YOU are the Person of the Year.
Thank you, Time Magazine, for recognizing the true nature of a movement. Thank you for acknowledging the people who, for so long had a voice and were shouting, but were not heard. They are being heard now.
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