Why Are You So Mad That Taylor Swift Was Named TIME's 2017 Person Of The Year?
One little magazine cover has made one big impact.
Overnight TIME released their Person Of The Year edition and awarded a group of women known as 'the silence breakers' the honour. Among them were Ashley Judd, Susan Fowler, Isabel Pascual, Idama Iwu and perhaps the most polarising inclusion of all - Taylor Swift.
— CNN (@CNN) December 6, 2017
Each of the women who stand stoicly on the cover, dressed in black, have played their part in the #metoo movement that has seen our feeds flooded with stories of sexual harrassment and the condemnation of men who behave badly.
However, some people just can't seem to give Taylor Swift the kudos. But why? Earlier this year the singer successfully won a defamation suit against DJ David Mueller after her groped her butt at a meet-and-greet in 2013. In the end she only sued him $1 to prove a point (which by the way he still has not paid her), and what an impact that had. According to a report from the US Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network they saw a 35% increase in calls to their helpline in the wake of court settlement.
Taylor Swift included on the cover of Time as a “Silence Breaker” is sickening. She is the most opportunistic feminist there is, so many other brave women to have praised other than her.
— Alison (@alisonjmcdonald) December 6, 2017
So what gives? Why are people trying to diminish her voice as part of this movement? Twitter was aghast at the news largely in part due to Kesha being left from the list.
It’s kinda weird that “silence breaker” Taylor Swift tried to sue a blogger for an op-ed about white supremacists who like her music. 🙃🙃🙃
— Tyler Coates (@tylercoates) December 6, 2017
I understand her inclusion, but after all that’s happened this year, it REALLY rankles me that Time would put Taylor Swift on this cover over literally anyone else https://t.co/sS0I5Kdnqu
— Tyler McCall (@eiffeltyler) December 6, 2017
actually TIME putting Taylor Swift on the cover and not mentioning Kesha at all really annoys me tbh, Kesha risked her whole career and has suffered for 5 years because she spoke out and was ignored 🤨
— Jack (@J4CKWALSH) December 6, 2017
The oversight to leave Kesha out of this narrative is not lost on us, but to demonise Swift because of it feels incredibly unproductive. In her interview with TIME Taylor even cited Kesha as a confidant during her difficult trial.
"I spoke to Kesha on the phone and it really helped to talk to someone who had been through the demoralizing court process," she said.
Can we for a moment put our feelings about Swift's personal endeavours and tired 'public feud' issues aside and appreciate the message this bravery has sent to millions of impressionable young fans. Say what you will about her latest album 'Reputation' being wrought with tone-deaf odes to a former version of herself while her country is in turmoil, but this isn't the time to be chastising her for it.
We often expect celebrities to stand on a soap box for every issue - especially ones as influencial as Taylor - but is that asking too much? And tearing down a woman when disgraced men are finally getting their comeuppance is a gross misdirection of anger.
Hey don't tweet about "believing women" if you're going to complain about Taylor Swift/Time Magazine.
Your support of women can't be conditional.
— ali (@alibakerevans) December 6, 2017
I will not let anyone disrespect Taylor Swift for being on the TIME’s Person of the Year. She is a SILENCE BREAKER. She FOUGHT and WON against the person who sexually harassed her. She inspired women to speak out and fight against sexual assaults.
— allain 🇵🇭 (@swiftreputation) December 6, 2017
She might not have Tweeted #metoo but hasn't her ordeal paid her enough dues to be considered a 'silence breaker'?
"Going to court to confront this type of behavior is a lonely and draining experience, even when you win, even when you have the financial ability to defend yourself."
Taylor Swift was sexually assaulted.
Taylor Swift was SUED by her ASSAULTER for millions because he couldn’t get a job due to his actions.
Taylor Swift dealt with the victim-blaming, the jokes, and harassment by media, but still chose to countersue.
She IS a silence breaker.
— 🌻Maleigha Sari (@MaleighaSari) December 6, 2017
She deserves to be on that cover as much as every #metoo deserves to be heard.