Time for another edition of everyone's (no one's) favorite game show...
Today's debate - the TIME Person of the Year cover!
The POTY is the best, and most obvious choice, a way of framing "me too" and The Reckoning that makes sense. That's good! So why isn't "me too" creator Tarana Burke - who is featured prominentely within the article itself, and was interviewed on Today, not on the cover? Burke is of course a "person of the year" (along with Judd, Terry Crews, McGowan, Selma Blair, Alyssa Milano, and those currently suing the Plaza Hotel for harassment within the piece. Also, ugh, Megan Kelly, but that's a different debate; just like the absence of Anthony Rapp here is).
The good: The cover is a diverse variety of people from a wide variety of industries - service/agriculture, media, politics. That's good! But sexual harassment and assault is a nationwide problem, and it feels like Time really missed the mark at not having one of the Republican women who came forward about Roy Moore or Leeann Tweeden on the cover. I understand that they probably didn't want to make it super political, but c'mon.
The good: Featuring Ashley Judd on the cover makes sense (and I guess McGowan is on the fold out cover? I'll need to find an issue), because she was among the first and most prominent to speak out against Harvey Weinstein. The bad: Taylor Swift. I enjoy Taylor's music and I think what she did in this trial - particularly since she countersued for so little to prove a point - was brave. But she's a polarizing figure who has, many times, elevated herself by running down or shaming other women, from Kim Kardashian to Katy Perry. It's a controversial choice to be sure - especially when Kesha, who returned to music after taking on one of the most powerful men in music this year, is right there.
Ultimately, though, the choice to include Swift (like Kelly), while debatable and discussable, is not enough to diminish how big this feels. Yes, it's Time, and nobody reads Time anymore, but the POTY still means something. It really does feel like we're living through a historical moment in many ways, and this reckoning over powerful men and men's behavior itself is one of them.
This cover is...NOT problematic.