Tweets About Taylor Swift Being 'TIME's Person Of The Year Prove People Aren't Happy
Taylor Swift has had a big year. She's rebranded her whole image, released her latest album triumph, graced the cover of British Vogue, and, oh yeah, sued a man for sexual harassment for $1. I wish I could tell you it was her professional achievements that put her on the list of TIME's Person of The Year, but that's just not true. This year, TIME chose many people, men and women alike, and dubbed them "The Silence Breakers." This list includes individuals who have spoken out against the historical onslaught of sexual harassment and assault that has always plagued our society. Unfortunately, tweets about Taylor Swift being included in TIME's Person Of The Year prove not everyone agrees she deserves to be there.
"The Silence Breakers" were announced on the morning of Nov. 6 during NBC's Today. Included on the cover is actress Ashley Judd, former Uber software engineer Susan Fowler, California lobbyist Adama Iwu, strawberry picker Isabel Pascual, and of course, Taylor Swift.
TIME Editor-in-Chief Edward Felsenthal released a statement saying,
In Swift's case, she called out radio DJ David Mueller for allegedly inappropriately reaching under her skirt while taking a photo with her. Due to this, he was fired from his position. Afterward, Mueller made the decision to sue Swift for millions of dollars, which she then countered for $1. TIME calls the dollar "symbolic."
TIME's article describes how Swift was asked on the witness stand "whether she felt bad that she'd gotten him fired." Swift responded to Mueller's team during the trial, saying,
In her interview, Swift says this was a defining moment for her. She said,
Despite the archaic trial and powerful message Swift was sending, there was immediate backlash on Twitter from folks who felt she did not deserve to be on the Silence Breakers list, nor the cover of the magazine.
People exclaimed they were disappointed, shocked, and felt this was an inappropriate pick because of Swift's silence on President Donald Trump (especially because he has been accused of sexual assault many times over).
However, other people came to Swift's defense, pointing out that minimizing her experience as a victim of sexual harassment is exactly the messed up pattern and societal system the Silence Breakers are working against.
You can read the entire powerful article and learn more about other individual's stories at TIME.
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