Much to Trump’s dismay, TIME‘s annual “Person the Year” designation was handed to “the Silence Breakers” — a group people who spoke out against sexual misconduct the viral #MeToo movement. Aside from the grammatical gymnastics required for a group people to qualify as “Person the Year,” the magazine is drawing plenty criticism for including Taylor Swift in the group.
In the defence TIME and Swift, the pop star did manage to successfully sue a radio DJ who groped her, winning the sexual assault case, along with a $1 payout. It was a symbolic gesture that undoubtedly sent a strong message that women won’t stand for sexual misconduct any longer.
Still, Swift’s complicated relationship with the public has meant that a great deal critics have come out the woodwork to dismiss her inclusion. Critiques include statements that Kesha should have been included instead (along with Terry Crews and Rose McGowan, who actually are included in the magazine’s fold-out cover) and, more notably, the fact that Swift refuses to publicly denounce the alt-right.
While Swift has yet to address the criticism, her inclusion on the cover has resulted in a massive online culture war. Read some tweets about the matter below.