The „breakers of silence“ were collectively named „personality of the year“ 2017 by Time magazine December 6
Time magazine awarded Wednesday the title of „Personality of the Year“ to people who have since the beginning of the Weinstein case „broken the silence“ in the face of sexual harassment, triggering a torrent of accusations against men of power to worldwide.
The magazine featured actress Ashley Judd, singer Taylor Swift and former Uber employee Susan Fowler, among the first to denounce sexual abuse by men of power. Or Taraba Burke, the woman who launched a 10-year-old advocacy movement for the victims of sexual abuse at the origin of the #Metoo hashtag, picked up by actress Alyssa Milano in October and used millions of times since.
„The galvanizing actions of our women’s blankets, along with those of hundreds of others, and many men, have unleashed one of the fastest changes in our culture since the 1960s,“ said Time’s editor-in-chief. Edward Felsenthal unveiling this ranking, published since 1927.
„To have given a voice to open secrets, to be passed from the network of whispers to social networks, for all of us pushed to stop accepting the unacceptable, breakers of silence are personality of the year“, has he added.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, incarnation of the feminine power herself crowned by Time in 2015, hailed this award, thanking those who „had the courage to break the silence“ for „the discussion you have initiated through the world“.
Donald Trump, who won the distinction last year, came second in the 2017 standings for „changing the nature of the presidency,“ said Felsenthal.
Many American commentators on Twitter saw in this 2nd price a certain irony, the American president having been himself accused of sexual harassment.
At the end of November, Mr. Trump had claimed that Time had called him to say he would „probably“ be renamed this year, but had „declined“ the offer.
Edward Felsenthal however said Wednesday that Time had „not said + probably +“, especially since the anti-harassment movement had already been selected before the call.
Time’s choice reflects the magnitude of the impact of the anti-harassment movement in the United States and beyond via social networks, including #Balancetonporc or #YoTambien.
– New charges every day –
Since the first charges published by the New York Times and the New Yorker against the all-powerful film producer Harvey Weinstein in early October, not a day goes by without a personality being accused of harassment or sexual abuse.
Power, entertainment, media, culture and politics are at the forefront, but stories touch on everything from Wall Street to Silicon Valley to food and agriculture.
Among the fallen stars of recent weeks are stars such as actor Kevin Spacey, reporters Charlie Rose or Matt Lauer, the artistic director of Disney John Lasseter, the conductor James Levine, or tenors of American politics as the Dean of the House of Representatives John Conyers, who resigned Tuesday, and Senator Al Franken, who could announce his resignation Thursday.
The ultra-conservative politician Roy Moore, Republican candidate for a senatorial election in Alabama next Tuesday, accused by several women of touching in the 1970s and 1980s, received the support of President Donald Trump. The affair tears the Republican party.
After actresses Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan and Angelina Jolie in early October, more than 100 women accused Harvey Weinstein, 65, of sexual abuse, ranging from harassment to rape.
Weinstein again said Wednesday, through his lawyers, „never have committed sexual assault“. He has not been charged yet, although criminal investigations have been opened in New York, Los Angeles and London.
According to a Quinnipiac Institute poll released on Wednesday, some 47% of American women report having been sexually assaulted in one form or another.