President Donald Trump recently made claims that he turned down TIME‘s offer to be ‘Person Of The Year’, but that claim was quickly squashed after TIME Magazine stated they never spoke to Trump about being POTY.
TIME released a statement on their Twitter account stating that the magazine does not share their Person Of The Year pick with anyone until the release date of December 6th.
Today is the day and TIME has released the Person Of The Year magazine cover for all to see…and Trump is not on it.
Although TIME clarified that Trump was never called, he was included on the TIME released shortlist for “Person of the Year”.
This was the full shortlist for “Person of the Year”:
- Jeff Bezos, the Amazon CEO who officially was named the richest man in the world
- The Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States when they were children
- Patty Jenkins, the first woman to direct a film that made more than $100 million in its opening weekend
- Kim Jong Un, North Korean leader
- Colin Kaepernick, launched the movement of kneeling during the national anthem to protest racism and police brutality
- The #MeToo movement, which shed light on the sexual harassment and assault that women (and men) face in both the entertainment industry, and real life
- Robert Mueller, who is leading the investigation into Donald Trump’s possible collusion with Russian officials to influence the presidential election
- Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, led a crackdown on businessmen and members of the royal family who were accused of corruption
- Donald Trump, president of the United States
- Xi Jinping, president of China
Here is who TIME decided to make Person Of The Year…Or Person’s rather.
TIME announced their person of the year is actually a group of people: The Silence Breakers, the people who started the #MeToo movement.
“This reckoning appears to have sprung up overnight. But it has actually been simmering for years, decades, centuries,” TIME said. “These silence breakers have started a revolution of refusal, gathering strength by the day, and in the past two months alone, their collective anger has spurred immediate and shocking results: nearly every day, CEOs have been fired, moguls toppled, icons disgraced. In some cases, criminal charges have been brought.”
The cover features actress Ashley Judd, singer Taylor Swift, former Uber engineer Susan Fowler, lobbyist Adama Iwu, and strawberry picker Isabel Pascual (a pseudonym to protect her family). There is also an arm cut off on the right side of the magazine. What most people believed to be a mistake is actually intentional.
“The image you see partially on the cover is of a woman we talked to… who doesn’t feel that she can come forward without threatening her livelihood,” clarified TIME editor-in-chief, Edward Felsenthal.
All of the silence breakers on the cover were pioneer’s who came forward against criticism and speculation in order to encourage other’s to share their story about sexual harassment.