TIME has named The Silence Breakers – the brave voices who sparked a movement in coming forward with their stories of sexual harassment – as its 2017 Person of the Year.

The magazine’s editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal revealed the selection Wednesday on “Today” along with the cover, a composite group photo that includes actress Ashley Judd, singer Taylor Swift, former Uber engineer Susan Fowler and a woman whose face cannot be seen.

Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement, and actress Alyssa Milano joined “Today” and “Megyn Kelly Today” to comment on TIME magazine’s selection.

“It’s really sad for me just to know so many women hurt from this pain, but I’m also hopeful,” Milano tells Kelly. Burke says “this is a watershed moment indeed,” but adds, “we have a lot of work to do.”

Watch below:

Time wrote in its article reveal:

The women and men who have broken their silence span all races, all income classes, all occupations and virtually all corners of the globe. They might labor in California fields, or behind the front desk at New York City’s regal Plaza Hotel, or in the European Parliament. They’re part of a movement that has no formal name. But now they have a voice.

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.

Below, more video from Time’s Wednesday morning reveal:

 

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4 thoughts on “‘MeToo’ Creator Tarana Burke Talks Time’s ‘Person Of The Year’ Honor

  1. specialt757 on said:

    Con’t (3) News One last show on TV One will be Dec 21st. That’s very unfortunate. I watch this show every morning without fail when getting ready for work. It’s the only news show on air dedicated to BLACKS and the issues in our community told by US. Do I always agree with the host or panel, no way, but I like hearing the news that affect people who look like me. We don’t get this type commentary on any other news outlet, not even here. I hope that Roland finds another source to bring us our news and commentary, I for one am definitely going to miss this show. I don’t even know why there have decided to cancel it, they just went to a two-hour programming segment. What is going on?

  2. specialt757 on said:

    Well News One with Roland Martin had an interesting episode this morning. I learned some things I didn’t know previously. Like Ms. Burke spoke out about this 10 years ago, with her “me too” movement but it didn’t seem to gain any traction or catch fire until Ms. Judd came out and nullified it.
    SN: This reminds me of what people back in the day used to say, you don’t believe it until a white person says it.
    (2) I didn’t see the cover, but Time magazine took “creative licensing” to distort the photo of Ms. Burke, which we know magazines and others tend to do so often depending on the story they are telling.

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