Several people on social media questioned her inclusion as a "silence breaker", stating that her incident wasn't as serious as compared to some other people who deserved to be on the cover more than her, media reports said.
However, according to Time, the kind of impact an incident has on the audience makes more sense. And in her case, it did.
In the magazine, Swift talks about her sexual harassment incident in detail - how she was groped by DJ Mueller during a meet-and-greet photo session.
Mueller had then filed a defamation suit against Swift who then filed a countersuit of $1 against him and won. Her aim was to “serve as an example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating acts."
While some people expressed their anger and confusion about Swift's inclusion in the cover, other fans were in her support.
Why is Taylor Swift including in Times “Silence Breakers” cover? I’m real life confused...??
Very confused as to why Taylor Swift is on the cover of Time as one of the “Silence Breakers”. So many important conversations and breakthroughs were made this year and I don’t recall her being at the forefront of any of them.
I have this weird sense of fairness. I come by it honestly by way of my father. My aunt said of him, “your Dad always does the right thing.” I try to live by that. This is why I am appalled at the number of people saying Taylor Swift isn’t a victim worthy of being in Time 1/
Hate her if you want to, but facts are facts. Taylor Swift won a lawsuit against her abuser, and has helped inspire other women to go after their abusers. She has donated money to help victims recover, and to help with their legal funds. So YES. She helped break the silence.
Taylor Swift was sexually assaulted.
Taylor Swift was SUED by her ASSAULTER for millions because he couldn’t get a job due to his actions.
Taylor Swift dealt with the victim-blaming, the jokes, and harassment by media, but still chose to countersue.
She IS a silence breaker.