Should Taylor Swift Be Included On The ‘TIME’ Person Of The Year Cover?


Is she really one of the “Silence Breakers”?

Today, TIME magazine announced its Person of the Year: The Silence Breakers. The term signifies the countless women who have spoken out this year about the systemic injustices and abuse that exist under a system of patriarchal white supremacy, so this choice is kind of the opposite of picking Donald Trump. And anything that's the opposite of Donald Trump is alright with us.

The cover itself features five women: Ashley Judd, Taylor Swift, Adama Iwu, Susan Fowler, and Isabel Pascual. While Judd and Taylor are both instantly recognizable to most people, and notable for their respective roles this year in combatting sexual abuse in Hollywood and the music industry, the other women might not be as widely known, though their impact is just as profound. Fowler is the former Uber employee who wrote about the culture of harassment at Uber; her exposure of the toxic environment led to the resignation of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick. Iwu is a lobbyist for Visa who has been working to expose the rampant sexual harassment occurring in the California state government. And Pascual (a pseudonym) is a California farm worker from Mexico who has joined in on protests against sexual violence and tells Time about how difficult it is to deal with harassment from a position of powerlessness. There is also the arm of another woman, who is cropped out of the photo to represent the many women who can't come forward with their stories, for fear of retribution, economic devastation, and other reasons.

The extensive accompanying article includes deeper coverage of the #MeToo movement, which was started by Tarana Burke 10 years ago and recently revitalized following the exposure of Harvey Weinstein as a serial predator. Other women, like Rose McGowan, who have been vocal about the rampant sexual abuse in our society are in the article as well.

TIME editor Edward Felsenthal told TODAY that the #MeToo movement is "the fastest moving social change we’ve seen in decades and it began with individual acts of courage of women and some men who came forward to share their stories… We look at the degree to which this is just the beginning." Without taking anything away from the women and men who have come forward with their stories, this statement does ignore, as New Yorker writer Doreen St. Felix pointed out on Twitter, the Black Lives Matter movement, whose ongoing work, not least in the sphere of public protest, was a model for things like the Women's March.

Swift's inclusion on the cover has also incited some controversy, considering many people think Swift is just as known for her silence on important issues (i.e. her feelings on Trump), as for her outspokenness. Others, like Esquire senior culture editor Tyler Coates, note that "it’s kinda weird that 'silence breaker' Taylor Swift tried to sue a blogger for an op-ed about white supremacists who like her music." And it really is! While we understand that Swift's role in highlighting the culture of harassment in the music industry is important and should be noted, it was disconcerting to see her on the cover when so many other women—notably, Burke—could have been there instead.

That said, we're certainly relieved not to have to see Trump's face on another magazine cover. Although we wouldn't really mind if TIME's 2018 Person of the Year was another old white guy: Robert Mueller.

Photo by Imani Givertz

Premiering today via NYLON

Small Talks, aka Cayley Spivey, has come a long way since starting a band, then becoming the entire band herself and forging her own fan base from the ground up. On her recent album A Conversation Between Us, she began to unpack any lingering baggage with one particular song: "Teeth." Today, she premieres the accompanying music video exclusively via NYLON.

"'Teeth' is about my personal battle with letting go of the past," Spivey tells NYLON, admitting that it's easily her favorite song off of A Conversation Between Us.

Watch the video for "Teeth" below.

Small Talks - Teeth (Official Music Video) - YouTube

Photos by Joe Maher/Getty Images, Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for TIME

Must have been pretty awkward

Taylor Swift and Sophie Turner were guests on the U.K.'s The Graham Norton Show together, which must have been awkward for Turner's husband, Joe Jonas, seeing as he also happens to be Swift's ex. I wonder if his name came up?

The interview doesn't come out until Friday night, but promotional photos show the two sharing a couch. Swift is making an appearance to perform her new single, "ME!" while Turner is promoting her new film, X- Men: Dark Phoenix. But it seems necessary for the two to be asked about Jonas.

Swift was just on the Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this month, where she brought up the fact that she felt bad for putting Jonas "on blast" on DeGeneres' show back in 2008 by telling the audience that he broke up with her in a record-setting short phone call. But, according to Swift, she and Jonas are chill now, since it happened pretty long ago, which means she's probably already hung out with Turner and maybe even gossiped about him with her.

We can only hope that they get the chance to spill some tea on television.

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"That's! His! Auntie!"

Leslie Jones has rewatched the Game of Thrones finale with a beer in hand, Seth Meyers at her side, and a full camera crew ready to take in all her glorious reactions. Spoilers ahead, but, if you haven't watched last week's episode already, that's kind of on you at this point.

When Jon Snow started to make out with Daenerys, also known as his aunt, only to stab her through the chest moments later, it was emotional whiplash for everyone watching. And, Jones' reactions—both from her first and second viewing—sum it all perfectly.

"That's! His! Auntie! [gagging noises]," Jones says before making an aside about calling the police if her uncle ever tried to do the same. But then the knife goes in, and Jones screams. "Did you see that?!" Jones asks, "Yeah bitch, that's a knife in you." Meyers points out the funniest part of all: "Why are you so upset about someone kissing their aunt but totally fine with someone killing their aunt?" Jones replies, "Because that bitch needed to go," and, well, same.

Other highlights from the comedians' rewatch include comparing Dany's victory speech to a bad improv gig, predicting that their dogs would have less of a reaction to their deaths than Drogon did to his mother's, and more.

Watch all of Jones' reactions from this Late Night clip below.

Game of Jones: Leslie Jones and Seth Watch Game of Thrones' Series Finale

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These lyrics are a lot

Robbie Tripp, aka Curvy Wife Guy, is back with a music video, titled "Chubby Sexy," starring his wife and a trio of models. In it, Tripp raps about his bold choice to find women with an average body size attractive.

The video begins with a series of statements laid over some pool water: "Curves are the new high fashion," "Chubby is the new sexy," "We Out Here." Tripp posits that these queens deserve an anthem, which they do. What they do not deserve is this Cursed Song. As he lists all the names he knows to call them by (thick, thicc, and BBW), one model (who I really, really hope was paid well) squirts some lotion down her cleavage, and Tripp begins dancing.

"My girl chubby sexy/ Call her bonita gordita," Tripp states in his chorus, before going on to compare "big booty meat" to the peach emoji. Another thing he mentions is that his wife can't find a belt that fits her waist, and that's why he calls her James and the Giant Peach. He then tries to dab. Here are some of the other Cursed highlights from his, uh, verses:

Got those Khaleesi curves/ Knows how to dragon slay
She like a dude that's woke/ We like a girl that's weighty
Some say a chubby girl that's risky/ But they ain't met a curvy girl that's frisky
Imma dunk that donk like I'm Andrew Wiggins.
Thick like an Amazon/ Built like Big Ben.

Tripp says one thing in the video that I couldn't agree more with: "She don't need a man." No, she does not. Please run. If you must, watch the entire video, below. Or send it to your nemesis!

Robbie Tripp - Chubby Sexy (Official Music Video)

Photo by Emma McIntyre / Getty Images.

See the promo here

It was bound to happen. The Kadashians and Jenners have committed themselves to letting the cameras roll on their lives, for better or for worse. So if you thought that the Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson cheating scandal was off limits, you thought wrong. The trailer for Sunday's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians was just released, and it involves the famous family working through the fallout of what happened when Woods went to a party at Thompson's house.

The teaser includes the infamous clip of Khloé Kardashian screaming "LIAAAARRRRRR." It's still not explicitly clear who prompted that strong response. She could be responding to Thompson, who clearly isn't always honest. Or she could be reacting to Woods account of the events on Red Table Talk. But the most revealing moment comes when we see Kylie Jenner—who was Woods' best friend before all of this happened—react for the first time.

In a heart-to-heart conversation, momager Kris Jenner says, "For you and Jordyn, it's like a divorce." Kylie only offers this in response: "She fucked up." Based on Woods' version of events—which I'm inclined to believeThompson is the one who fucked up. Still, I'm hoping for some kind of reconciliation between the two longtime friends. Perhaps we'll have to wait until next season for that.

Check out the promo video below.