Time Person of the Year 2017: What's Donald Trump doing in a tribute for survivors of sexual assault?

Time Person of the Year 2017, which honours the survivors of sexual harassment, features Donald Trump as a runner-up. How is this even explicable?

Even as the world is celebrating #MeToo as the Time ‘Person of the Year’ 2017, we have a few problems. How is it that in a list that celebrates people who spoke up about sexual harassment and mentions US President Donald Trump several times in the narrative, has him as the runner-up? And how is that in the article explaining why he was chosen – not once have Trump’s allegations of sexual assault and his propensity to belittle, humiliate women have shown up even once?

Why is Trump – who has been openly disrespectful to women during his election campaign and has a history of misogyny and sexism – been named a runner-up on the same list?

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Time magazine honoured several women from all walks of life who had been brave enough to be open about their stories of sexual harassment as Person of the Year 2017. Time named them ‘The Silence Breakers’, but a person against whom numerous women have levelled charges of sexual harassment being named as the runner-up to the coveted title, is only laughable. Social media commented on the irony of it all while others sought to point out how Time’s Person of the Year title is no honour and people like Hitler featured on the list once. Well, sure. We see your point. We still want to know why Trump’s history of sexual misconduct allegations were not mentioned in the write-up at all?

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Even more ironical is the fact that the magazine in its cover story on the Silence Breaker mentions the infamous Access Hollywood tapes and Donald Trump:

The language used by the man who would become America’s 45th President, captured on a 2005 recording, was, by any standard, vulgar. He didn’t just say that he’d made a pass; he “moved on her like a bitch.” He didn’t just talk about fondling women; he bragged that he could “grab ’em by the pussy.”

Was naming him as the runner-up, their idea of sarcasm? Joke? An attempt at irony so deep nobody got it? The section dedicated to Donald Trump does not have a single mention of how he has been derogatory to women all throughout his Presidential election campaign and in fact, has a history of it.

#Me Too was started by Tarana Burke about 10 years ago, but became famous only after American actress Alyssa Milano who shared a tweet calling every one ‘to write ‘Me Too’ if they have been either sexually harassed or assaulted’ opened a floodgate with millions of people sharing their horrific experiences.

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Actress, Ashley Judd was first to name producer Harvey Weinstein. Other celebrities like Rose McGowan, Natalie Portman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jon Bernthal, Anthony Rapp, Ashley Judd, Angelina Jolie came forward and named their sexual harassers, and big names like Kevin Spacey, Louis CK, Brett Rattner, Dustin Hoffman emerged and shocked the world.

And with this we come to the other problem with the Time Person of the Year award that it totally fails to acknowledge the men who took the courage to speak up about a thing they usually ‘aren’t even considered’ to be a victim of or are laughed at for sharing it. The award defeats the purpose of the whole #MeToo movement by negating inclusion of famous men like Anthony Rapp, Jon Bernthal and the not-so-famous-ones who were a victim/survivor.