PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The #MeToo movement has been named Time magazine’s Person of the Year.
Time magazine has chosen “The Silence Breakers”– the women and men speaking out about their experiences with sexual harassment and assault, including activist Tarana Burke, who started the hashtag 10 years ago in Philadelphia.
“There’s a direct response to that arrogance and that show of power and that bullying that says we won’t be silenced,” Burke said.
MeToo has become a global movement with more than 3 million tweets. The hashtag went viral in the wake of accusations against Hollywood mega producer Harvey Weinstein.
Time’s “Silence Breakers” features high-profile stories from actresses Rose McGowen and Ashley Judd, as well as a lobbyist, strawberry picker, and a former Uber engineer.
“The shame is not ours to hold, the shame is on the perpetrator,” Burke said. “#MeToo can be a conversation starter or it can be the whole conversation.”
The shortlist of candidates for this distinction included: The Dreamers, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and President Trump.