Demi Lovato took to social media last night to denounce Time magazine’s decision to feature Donald Trump as a runner-up for “Person of the Year,” an honor given this year to the victims of sexual abuse who came forward with their stories. Grouped as “The Silence Breakers,” the cover featured Ashley Judd, Taylor Swift, Isabel Pascual, Adama Iwu and Susan Fowler.
Lovato wasn’t happy that Trump, who was mentioned in “The Silence Breakers” cover story multiple times as an alleged sexual abuser himself, was featured right behind the group of brave women.
“Time mag highlights brave women coming forward against sexual assault on the cover but names a man with sexual assault allegations against him runner up to person of the year… Really @TIME? #hypocrites,” Lovato voiced on Twitter.
Time mag highlights brave women coming forward against sexual assault on the cover but names a man with sexual assault allegations against him runner up to person of the year.. Really @TIME? #hypocrites
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) December 7, 2017
“I’ve become less vocal about my disdain for certain people over the past year because it only divides our country even more but this is worth speaking up about,” she wrote. “@TIME mag — very disappointed in your hypocrisy and disrespect toward the women on your cover.”
“To be named POTY by @TIME it should be for doing something positive or brave LIKE the women on the cover. It’s annoying that it’s just about impact on the news.”
That’s not all that pissed off Lovato. She supported the “#MeToo” movement women gracing the cover of Time, but she also retweeted a fan who said that Kesha should have also been included.
Kesha needs to be there
— ?RAINBOW? (@belikestilinski) December 7, 2017
Many people noted Kesha’s omission from the cover and story. Kesha’s court battle with her alleged assaulter Dr. Luke was well-publicized, and earlier this year he was dismissed from his position at his record label imprint Kemosabe, owned by Sony.
The fact that Kesha was not featured at all is striking, especially since Taylor Swift (who was featured) mentioned Kesha as her source of strength to carry on with her own court battle that happened in August. “Once it hit the news that I was in Denver dealing with this, there was an outpouring of support on social media and I have never appreciated it more,” Swift said. “I spoke to Kesha on the phone and it really helped to talk to someone who had been through the demoralizing court process.”
“Yes, it’s a triumph that the Person of the Year wasn’t one woman, but multiple brave women and men, including the originator of #MeToo, Tarana Burke,” Bustle explained. “However, Kesha’s omission has got everyone riled up — and it’s understandable why.”