Taylor Swift Makes An Unexpected Appearance On TIME’s ‘Person Of The Year’ Cover

By Mikelle Leow, 07 Dec 2017

Image by Billy and Hells for TIME

TIME’s ‘Person of the Year in 2017 is not one person, but the hundreds who have courageously stepped forward to fight against sexual harassment.

Specifically, the award went to ‘The Silence Breakers’, women and men who sparked the ‘#MeToo’ movement. The announcement wasn’t all that shocking—TIME had earlier released its shortlist for the prize, and candidates included world leaders Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un.

The ‘#MeToo’ campaign inspired a global conversation reminding victims that their personal experiences should be heard and not snuffed. It gave them a voice, and TIME’s presentation of the award only amplifies it further.

What really surprised many was the unannounced inclusion of Taylor Swift on the cover, and it’s not just because she’s a familiar face. Before, the artiste was notorious for keeping tightlipped about social issues.

Swift had spoken out about her own brush with sexual assault, however. Back in 2013, she accused radio personality David Mueller of groping her during a photo op. He was subsequently fired from his job.

He filed a lawsuit against her years later, and she countersued for US$1 so that she could be an “example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating acts.”

Despite all this, some social media users felt she wasn’t as deserving of the award as the numerous other assault victims.

“I am disappointed that Taylor is being positioned as voice of a movement [because] she won a lawsuit and lost nothing when others have lost everything when they break silence, but don’t get visibility,” writes Twitter user ‘Luvvie’.

Others felt the magazine was using Swift’s image merely for traction. “TIME put Taylor Swift on its cover and didn’t even ask her about Trump. That’s not journalism, It’s a PR bump,” says ‘alyssabereznak’.



Read some responses from Twitter below.

[via INSIDER and The Daily Dot, video via TIME, cover image by Billy and Hells for TIME]
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