Time magazine has just named their person of the year
The winner of Time's prestigious 'Person of the Year' title has finally been announced, and has drawn in slightly more attention than it usually does this time around - mostly due to a poorly-thought-out tweet from Donald Trump, and the several thousand rebuttals that followed.
The President, who was awarded the title last year for being the person who, "for better or for worse... has done the most to influence the events of the year", claimed on Twitter that he had taken "a pass" on the opportunity to receive the title again this year.
Unsurprisingly, this was deemed to be a lie, leading Time Magazine - amongst others - to personally call Trump out.
Anyway, after all that drama, the date of the announcement has finally rolled around. As it turns out, the person who earned the title is not a person at all, but a group of people.
The Hollywood abuse "silence breakers" were the ones to appear on the cover of the 2017 person of the year edition, followed in second place by Donald Trump, and then Chinese President Xi Jinping in third.
In an article about The Silence Breakers, Time explains exactly why the women who came forward about their experiences with abuse had so much influence this year.
"This reckoning appears to have sprung up overnight," they say. "But it has actually been simmering for years, decades, centuries. Women have had it with bosses and co-workers who not only cross boundaries but don't even seem to know that boundaries exist."
"These silence breakers have started a revolution of refusal, gathering strength by the day, and in the past two months alone, their collective anger has spurred immediate and shocking results: nearly every day, CEOs have been fired, moguls toppled, icons disgraced. In some cases, criminal charges have been brought."
The article specifically notes Rose McGowan, Taylor Swift and Ashley Judd as women who had a great deal of influence in making the movement of people standing up against their abusers a reality. It also touches on '#MeToo', the viral hashtag that urged other people - if they felt comfortable enough - to speak out about their experiences and stand in solidarity with other victims.
Time also spoke with ordinary folks - people like you and I - who did not have the large platform that celebrities did when coming forward about the horrific ordeals they had been through. And all of them had pretty much the same story.
"Nearly all of the people TIME interviewed about their experiences expressed a crushing fear of what would happen to them personally, to their families or to their jobs if they spoke up."
This alone demonstrates the sheer gravity of the impact that The Silence Breakers have had; not only did they manage to oust some of the most powerful, abusive men in Hollywood, they also showed the average person that it is possible to bring justice against oppressors, and that there is an endless amount of support for people who have been victims - no matter how long ago the incident took place.
According to Time's website, Trump was close to achieving the title for the second year running because "he has changed the presidency. The passing feuds, the wild accusations, the crude and divisive language—no other Commander in Chief has broadcast his outbursts in such an unfiltered torrent ... Trump’s candidacy rewrote the rules of politics."
The Silence Breakers truly deserved the title, and we can only hope that their influence will chance attitudes forever - not just for 2017.