Liberals Turn on Oprah, Say She's "Part of the Problem"


Few political careers are launched in earnest at the Golden Globes, but such is the weightlessness and superficiality of the nascent Oprah Winfrey “campaign” that she apparently decided to use an awards show to dip a toe, as it were, in the swift-moving waters of the 2020 presidential race.

As a rapt audience of Hollywood stars — many of whom, including former friends and colleagues of Harvey Weinstein who claimed they knew nothing of his rapaciousness, were dressed in black in protest of sexual harassers like… well, Harvey Weinstein — listened to Oprah’s glib compendium of facile liberal bromides, the media knew they, at long last, had a presumptive challenger they could start hyping against President Trump.

However, as the media has begun to line up en masse behind The Oprah and whatever weird platform she might be running, some liberal entertainment stars aren’t buying it. In fact, one famous singer is saying that Oprah isn’t the solution, but rather “part of the problem.”

In an Instagram post, British R&B singer Seal — best known for singles like “Kiss from a Rose” and “Crazy” — criticized Oprah for her relationship with disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

The post showed two pictures of Oprah with Weinstein and read, “When you have been part of the problem for decades but suddenly they all think they’re part of the solution.”

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“Oh I forgot, that’s right…’d heard the rumours but you had no idea he was actually serially assaulting young stary-eyed (sic) actresses who in turn had no idea what they were getting into,” the post read. “My bad.”

The post was topped off with the hashtag “#SanctimoniousHollywood.”

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Seal wasn’t the only entertainment figure willing to criticize The Oprah in the wake of her speech, although nothing was quite as blunt as the English singer’s appraisal.

Seth MacFarlane, creator of “Family Guy” and “Ted”, said that Oprah’s celebrity ought to disqualify her.

“Oprah is beyond doubt a magnificent orator,” MacFarlane tweeted. “But the idea of a reality show star running against a talk show host is troublingly dystopian. We don’t want to create a world where dedicated public service careers become undesirable and impractical in the face of raw celebrity.”

Of course, there’s quite a bit of irony there, as MacFarlane’s beloved Democrats having long been the party of “raw celebrity.” Whether it’s their tendency to lean on Hollywood and other tendrils of the entertainment industry or the cult of celebrity that they’ve developed around the Obamas, Kennedys and Clintons, the American left has long prostrated itself at the feet of stardom.

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In fact, that’s the only reason Oprah’s being taken seriously. Unlike President Trump, who had demonstrated a serious interest in politics long before he decided to run and had specific, definable policy positions, Oprah has only sporadically touched on politics in a vague and ill-defined way, and her speech Sunday was a masterpiece of saying absolutely bloody nothing while simultaneously sounding profoundly grandiloquent.

If Oprah wants to be a candidate, that’s what she’s going to have to challenge — the fact that she appears to want to run on nothingburger platitudes without any real bona fides. Policy ideas? Let’s see them. Business acumen? For all of her wealth, her biggest project — her network, OWN — has mostly been an unmitigated disaster. Moral gravitas? Take another close look at the pictures above.

What’s left to offer America? Her celebrity, mostly. She’s The Oprah — and to a lot of liberals transfixed by her speech, that’s more than enough.

Even Hollywood knows an empty shell when it sees one, and Oprah’s potential candidacy certainly fits that bill. Next time she gets up on stage and waxes oratorical about her vision of America, let’s hope she offers real solutions and real answers to why she remained silent on Harvey Weinstein. Else, we’re going to see a lot more Hollywood stars waking up to just how vacuous this ersatz “movement” really is.

H/T Fox News

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C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
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Catholic University of America
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