Yesterday, Time magazine named its Person of the Year as the “Silence Breakers” – a group of women and men who sparked the worldwide conversation about sexual harassment and assault.
And while it’s important to note that the magazine bases its list on the people who “for better or worse have done the most to influence the events of the year”, and that Person of the Year is therefore not always an accolade, Time also named President Donald Trump its runner-up.
Many people were angry that the magazine had chosen to champion the survivors of sexual harassment and assault while simultaneously offering the runner-up position to Trump, who has been accused of both in the past.
One person who was particularly angry at Time’s decision was singer Demi Lovato.
She took to Twitter to vent her frustration, highlighting what she considered hypocrisy on the magazine’s behalf.
She went on to say that selecting Trump as runner-up was “disrespectful” to the women on the cover.
And she said the decision should be based on the “bravery” of individuals rather than news impact.
She also went on to retweet a person who said that Kesha – who has spent years embroiled in legal proceedings against the music producer she claims sexually assaulted her – should also have been included in the line-up of Silence Breakers.
You can read why Time magazine chose Donald Trump as its runner-up here.