On December 6th, Time Magazine announced its 2017 Person of the Year — the Silence Breakers of the #MeToo campaign. However, many are now questioning a noticeable absence on the magazine’s cover, as well as in the accompanying feature story. They want to know: Why wasn’t Kesha featured in the Time’s Person of the Year celebration?
As many readers are aware, Kesha spent several years in a contentious and draining legal battle against her alleged sexual abuser, music producer Dr. Luke. She was fighting for her rights long before the now-infamous Harvey Weinstein story broke, and long before #MeToo became a social media phenomenon. Even more impressive: Kesha managed to release Rainbow, her Grammy-nominated album about overcoming these struggles, in this time.
Taylor Swift, who was in the Time article and whose photo is featured prominently on the cover, even specifically mentioned Kesha as a source of strength and inspiration during her own legal battle against a sexual harasser.
And now, fans are rightfully asking: Why wasn’t Kesha a part of the Time piece?
Make no mistake: We love that the Silence Breakers are this year’s Person of the Year and that the movement is getting the recognition it deserves. But we’re also genuinely curious as to why Kesha was not part of it. Perhaps it came down to something as simple as a scheduling conflict — but at this point we just don’t know. We do know she deserves to be honored as a crucial member of this group. Her bravery is inspiring, and we’re in awe of what she’s accomplished — Time Person of the Year or not.