Time Names ‘The Silence Breakers’ As 2017 Person Of The Year

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The Hollywood abuse “silence breakers” have been named as Time magazine’s 2017 Person of the Year.

The decision to grant people who have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct with the accolade was announced on NBC’s Today show on Wednesday morning.

The award is decided by Time’s editors and goes to the person or group who has had the most influence on the year’s news for better or worse.

“This is the fastest moving social change we have seen in decades,” Time editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal told the programme.

“It began with individual acts of courage by hundreds of women – and some men, too – who came forward to tell their own stories”.

More than 50 women have publicly accused Weinstein – who produced Oscar-winning films Shakespeare in Love, The English Patient, and The Artist – of sexual harassment, assault, rape, and inappropriate behaviour that spans four decades.

Since the allegations emerged in October, a stream of similar allegations have been made against powerful men across the globe. Social media has also been inundated with millions using the “me too” hashtag to share their own stories of sexual misconduct and denounce such acts.

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