Time Magazine honored the women and men who have spoken out about a systemic culture of sexual abuse and harassment as its Person of the Year. One of the short-listed runner ups for this coveted honor was President Donald Trump, who himself faced more than a dozen allegations of harassment and sexual assault in the months leading up to last year’s election.
Celebrities, including “Game of Thrones” star Sophie Turner, have reacted negatively to the presence of Donald Trump on Time’s list.
“Wait wait wait… Donald Trump as runner up for time magazine person of the year?” Turner wrote on Twitter. “I honestly have no words. What an injustice and insult to the inspiring people on the cover to have a known sexual abuser as runner up.”
Wait wait wait… Donald Trump as runner up for time magazine person of the year? I honestly have no words.. What an injustice and insult to the inspiring people on the cover to have a known sexual abuser as runner up.
— Sophie Turner (@SophieT) December 7, 2017
Several days earlier, Turner tweeted out a Vogue article titled: “Why Are We Holding Matt Lauer and Harvey Weinstein to a Higher Standard Than the President?”
The article’s author, Michelle Ruiz, raises the question of why President Trump hasn’t lost his job over the allegations made against him when so many other accused men have.
The “Silence Breakers” named as Person of the Year were largely responsible for the shifting power dynamic in the country as a string of allegations surfaced against powerful men. Many notable media figures including Matt Lauer and Harvey Weinstein have faced swift consequences after reports of sexual misconduct and abuse were levied against them.
Pop star Demi Lovato also voiced her frustration with Time’s decision on Twitter.
“I’ve become less vocal about my distain [sic] for certain people over the past year because it only divides our country even more but this is worth speaking up about,” Lovato wrote. “[Time Magazine], very disappointed in your hypocrisy and disrespect toward the women on your cover.”
I’ve become less vocal about my distain for certain people over the past year because it only divides our country even more but this is worth speaking up about. @TIME mag – very disappointed in your hypocrisy and disrespect toward the women on your cover.
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) December 7, 2017
Time published an article explaining Trump’s position as the runner-up for Person of the Year. Here’s the closing argument:
“One thing is sure: love him or hate him, Trump has invaded our attention in ways previous Presidents never did. He commands more than just the levers of executive power; he has the nation, and the world, in the grip of his singular performance, and events have bent to his will. This has been Year One of Trump’s presidency, and the Trump show continues unabated. The reviews may be mixed, but no one can turn away.”
More than a dozen women came forward in 2016 accusing Trump of unwanted sexual advances. The president has denied the allegations, and may have to testify in court as part of a defamation suit filed by one accuser.