The #MeToo movement, also known as the "silence breakers" has been named TIME magazine's 2017 Person of the Year. This year, the person is not a single individual but an entire group of people: the silence breakers of the #MeToo movement.
"The reckoning appears to have sprung up overnight".
Time's 2017 Person of the Year cover, provided by Time, Inc. "In some cases, criminal charges have been brought". The magazine was quick to rebuke Trump: "The President is incorrect about how we choose Person of the Year".
Mr Trump was a finalist again this year, alongside Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins, former National Football League star Colin Kaepernick, US Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Time's editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal announced the magazine's choice on NBC's "Today" show, which recently fired Lauer, one of its longtime co-hosts for multiple allegations of harassment and assault. It took off last month when a slew of high-profile men were publicly accused of sexual misconduct, beginning with Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.
The movement began spontaneously in October after actress-activist Alyssa Milano tweeted: "If you've been sexually harassed or assaulted write "me too" as a reply to this tweet". When she woke up the next day, more than 30,000 people had used #metoo, according to Time. Her testimony was widely covered.More news: Taylor Swift Makes 'Bomb' Cornbread, Says New BFF Tiffany Haddish
"I have real doubts about whether we'd be going through this if Hillary Clinton had won, because I think that President Trump's election, in many ways, was a setback for women", said NBC's Megyn Kelly, the former Fox News host who a year ago accused former Fox chairman Roger Ailes of sexual harassment in a book.
Isabel Pascual, a woman from Mexico who picks strawberries for a living, (whose name has been changed to protect her identity) was stalked and harassed and threatened that her children will be harmed if she spoke out - but she did so, nonetheless.
Time also named the Dreamers - young adults whose legal status in the United States was put in limbo this year.
In a tweet, Trump claimed that the the magazine called him to say they were "probably" going to give him the honor, but that he they withdrew the offer after he refused to sit for an interview and photo shoot.