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NEW YORK (AP) — The anti-harassment #MeToo movement has been named Time magazine’s Person of the Year.

In the wake of sexual misconduct revelations about Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and dozens of other men, millions worldwide have shared their stories about being sexually harassed and assaulted. The movement began spontaneously in October after actress-activist Alyssa Milano followed on a suggestion from a friend of a friend on Facebook and tweeted: “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.” The hashtag was tweeted nearly a million times in 48 hours. The #MeToo movement was founded by activist Tarana Burke on Twitter a decade ago to raise awareness about sexual violence.

Time’s announcement was made Wednesday on NBC’s “Today” show, where longtime host Matt Lauer was fired last week amid harassment allegations. “Today” host Savannah Guthrie acknowledged Wednesday that this year’s winner hits “close to home” and mentioned Lauer by name.

The two runners-up were Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Donald Trump, himself accused of sexual misconduct by numerous women. He has denied any wrongdoing.

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One thought on “‘MeToo’ Movement Named Time Magazine’s Person Of The Year

  1. It is good to see victims speak out against offenders. All crimes, including allegations of sexual harassment and other sex crimes, should be thoroughly and objectively investigated, and all those involved should be “encouraged” to take polygraph exams to “separate the wheat from the chaff”: to eliminate false or vengeful claims by attention-seekers and those trying to hit a big payday via lawsuits, as well as eliminate false and lame excuses by perpetrators who insult our intelligence by saying, “I did not have sex with that woman.” Polygraph exams are not foolproof, but can often weed out obvious lies, so we can devote our limited law enforcement resources and limited taxpayer $ to true and serious offenses. People who lie should be charged and prosecuted for perjury. All those charged and convicted of violent crimes should be required to wear a GPS monitor if and when they are released from incarceration, and also submit DNA samples to match with crimes they have committed in the past or may commit in the future. Use our technology to keep our neighborhoods safe! In the meantime, Senator “Me, Al Franken,” Judge Roy “Cowboy” Moore, Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, Bill Clinton, Coach Jerry Sandusky, “shirtless Anthony” Weiner, Bill O’Reilly, Louis C.K., etc, I suggest you attend Stuart Smalley’s 12-step self-help group. After you complete “the program,” you can say with pride, “Doggone it, people LIKE me!” and savor the pleasures of the fine El Presidente’ Cigar…..the fine cigar with the latex tip to protect against exposure to disease-infected bodily fluids, in these troubled times of AIDS, Ebola, and now, Zika……

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