Here’s why Taylor Swift is on TIME’s “Silence Breakers” Person of the Year cover

Taylor Swift can be problematic, but she belongs there.

December 6, 2017

Alongside Ashley Judd, former Uber engineer Susan Fowler, lobbyist Adama Iwu and Mexican agricultural worker “Isabel Pascual” (not her real name), and an anonymous woman representing thousands more,  Taylor Swift appears on the 2017 Time Magazine Person of the Year cover honouring “The Silence Breakers” – women who have publicly spoken out against sexual harassment and abuse.

Taylor appears on the cover partly as a result of her winning a civil case against a former Colorado radio DJ who touched her inappropriately at a meet and greet, and then promptly pledged to donate money to organizations that aid sexual assault victims.

Notably absent from the cover is Kesha, whose ongoing legal battle against producer Dr. Luke—whom she alleges is guilty of sexual assault and battery towards her—has been a touchpoint for the cause of sexual harassment and violence against women in the entertainment industry since Kesha first filed a civil suit back in October 2014. After Kesha’s claims of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and violence were dismissed in April 2016, and a judge refused to amend Kesha’s original case in March 2017, Kesha publicly praised Taylor for her support. Swift also donated $250,000 to help fund Kesha’s legal battle against Dr. Luke

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The cover is broadly associated with the ongoing #MeToo movement, with Time Magazine says “has provided an umbrella of solidarity for millions of people to come forward with their stories.” “The women and men who have broken their silence span all races, all income classes, all occupations and virtually all corners of the globe,” the magazine continues, and also features profiles of Tarana Burke, the activist creator of the hashtag,  actors Alyssa Milano and Terry Crews, and former Fox News journalist Megyn Kelly, who made headlines when she stated she left the network due to the election of Donald Trump and the attendant atmosphere of sexism and disrespect at her former employer.


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