“The View” Reacts To “Silence Breakers” As Time Person Of The Year (VIDEO)
On Wednesday’s “The View,” the co-hosts reacted to Time naming “The Silence Breakers” as its Person Of The Year. Watch the video below.
As Gossip Cop reported, Time announced this morning that “The Silence Breakers” are its 2017 honoree, in recognition of the women and men who have spoken out about sexual harassment, assault and misconduct. Many celebrities have praised the selection, and now on the ABC talk show, Whoopi Goldberg said, “Some people said, is that the right choice? Well, some people thought it was going to be them but it wasn’t going to be them and it turned out to be the silence-breakers. I think it’s pretty amazing.”
Sara Haines was in particular awe of the cover image, which features women who have come forward, including Taylor Swift. She admitted that she was initially confused by the elbow in the frame, but revealed “that was actually a choice,” as it belonged to a hospital worker who did not want to use her face. Asked Sunny Hostin, “Is this a watershed moment? I certainly think it’s a moment of reckoning and a really important moment to me.” She called it “shocking” to discover the “#MeToo” movement was started all the way back in 2006. Upon learning that, Hostin said, “‘I thought, my god, that was 11 years ago. Why did it take so long to have this moment?’”
Joy Behar suggested the movement really dates back to the time of Anita Hill, arguing, “This is almost like the climax of the movement and then it’s going to continue. Meghan McCain, though overall approving of the selection, questioned why Megyn Kelly was included in the feature but not Gretchen Carlson, who, she said, was “really the first person to start all of this, at least in media.” She was also disappointed that attention wasn’t paid to Ronan Farrow, who broke much of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
“That’s my only issue with this, but I guess you can’t include everyone,” McCain said. She went on to reference the Women’s March and all that followed to ask her colleagues, “Do you think this would’ve happened had Trump not been president, if Hillary Clinton had won?” Goldberg replied, “I actually do because I think the whole issue with the women coming out had more to do with they just couldn’t hold on to it anymore and I think this movement forward would’ve happened because this silence has gone on for years and years and years and part of the reason it is no longer silent is because it’s not easy to do this to women or men anymore. It’s not easy to do it anymore and get away with it.”
She stressed, “I think it would’ve happened no matter what. It’s just the right time.” Behar commented, “And if Hillary had won, women would’ve felt empowered that we had a woman in the White House and even stronger. This is more of a reaction to Trump. It’s a different motivation, but either way, as she says, it would’ve happened, I think.” McCain further said, “It’s a really interesting time to be a woman, and a woman in media… I think it’s great on Time magazine’s part, and I agree that any man who’s screwin’ around at work better start running because this isn’t a good time for you.”
The group went on to discuss Dustin Hoffman recently getting grilled by John Oliver over a harassment allegation. Check out the full video below.