Tragic Donald Trump got terribly excited this week, announcing on Twitter that TIME magazine was contemplating naming him Person of the Year (again). Poor Donald didn’t land the title, and instead this year’s ‘person’ is actually a great bunch of people – the “Silence Breakers” of 2017.
Hot off the presses, this week’s TIME cover story features interviews with many of the women – and a few men – who have played a part in outing sexual abusers in the halls of entertainment and corridors of politics. The cover itself features Ashley Judd, Susan Fowler, Adama Iwu, Taylor Swift and Isabel Pascual, and inside are interviews with a host of other artists, actors and activists, many of whom have not revealed too much of their stories until now. These include Alyssa Milano, Selma Blair, senator Sarah Gelser, activist Tarana Burke, and director Blaise Godbe Lipman, all of whom shed more light on the systematic abuse that has been running rife throughout the film and political capitals of the US.
A great amount of recounts of abuse come from everyday folk, too, with some individuals named, others remaining anonymous, and from industries as broad as agriculture, education, hospitality and the medical industry.
But back to that vain old man who currently sits in power in the US. There is of course mention of Trump in the article, and not in the flattering guise the fool might have expected, but instead criticising his own misogynist demeanour and sexist behaviour.
“That Donald Trump could express himself that way and still be elected President is part of what stoked the rage that fueled the Women’s March the day after his Inauguration,” reads one part of the very lengthy feature. “It’s why women seized on that crude word as the emblem of the protest that dwarfed Trump’s Inauguration crowd size.”
So, no Donald, you didn’t make this issue’s Person of the Year. But here’s hoping that by this time next year, your vile mug is on the cover. With the word ‘IMPEACHED’ stamped across that over-tanned forehead of yours. Lisa Andrews