#MeToo movement named TIME magazine's 2017 Person of the Year

Billy & Hells review images from their portrait sitting with Megyn Kelly New York Nov. 21 2017

Billy & Hells review images from their portrait sitting with Megyn Kelly New York Nov. 21 2017. Kira Pollack for TIME

The Silence Breakers, or the #metoo movement, are named Time Person of the Year.

The men and women who broke their silence to share their stories of sexual assault and harassment led to online #MeToo campaign, fueling a worldwide discussion on how prevalent sexual harassment is.

"This reckoning appears to have sprung up overnight".

Time's editor-in-chief announced the pick Wednesday morning on NBC's "Today".

And Chinese President Xi Jinping, one of the world's most powerful leaders, was nominated, as was Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who this year became the richest man on the planet.

TIME said "the silence breakers" have allowed America to start asking the right questions, but there's still a long way to go before harassment is eradicated. Outside of politics, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins, and former National Football League player and activist Colin Kaepernick were also considered, as well as Dreamers and the #MeToo movement as whole entities.

In October, Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein resigned from his film studio after dozenswomen charging him with sexual assault.

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"Its was especially hard this year, a year of so much disruption in the United States in around the world", said Felsenthal.

Last year's victor President Trump and China's President Xi Jinping were runner up and third place, respectively.

The magazine nominated North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, whom Trump has nicknamed "Little Rocket Man" and who has overseen ballistic missile tests that have raised fears of a nuclear confrontation.

The president's comment prompted Time to clarify, "The President is incorrect about how we choose Person of the Year". The decision indicates the magazine's desire to honor and recognize the broader movement of women speaking out about sexual misconduct.

Since 1927, TIME has bestowed its Person of the Year title upon an individual or group of people who the magazine's editors believe have most influenced news and events of the past year, "for good or ill".

Next up were the Dreamers, whose plight has been the subject of much political discourse after President Trump and his administration revoked an Obama-era program meant to give the children who were born to illegal immigrants a path to citizenship in the United States.

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