Seal slams ‘sanctimonious’ Oprah Winfrey after Globes speech
Since the Golden Globes aired this weekend, there has been more discussion about the Times Up initiative and the stars who did (or didn't) wear black than there has been about which films and shows actually came away with an award.
James Franco, Sarah Hyland and Meryl Streep all made headlines for their actions at the ceremony - some positive, some negative - but nobody stood out more than Oprah Winfrey. The talk show host and American icon had some choice words about the recent sexual assault scandal in Hollywood, with many people saying that the speech she gave made her a worthy presidential candidate.
Not everyone was buying what she had to say, however.
Since proudly declaring, "a new day is on the horizon" for women and minorities, Oprah has been called out for her former affiliations with Harvey Weinstein: the man whose prolific abusive behavior made him the catalyst for the exposure of sexual assault in Hollywood.
Many have accused her of befriending the disgraced producer knowing that he was abusive - but others have defended the host, saying she had no knowledge of Weinstein's behavior. Whether or not she was fully aware of what was happening, she had almost certainly heard rumors about the producer, and so her speech seemed very hypocritical to some in retrospect.
One person who has been particularly vocal on the matter is Seal, the singer best known for his 1994 hit, Kiss From a Rose. In a post on Instagram, the musician posted a split image of Oprah interacting with Weinstein on two occasions. He labeled the talk show host as "sanctimonious", and implied that she knew about his violent actions all along.
Oprah has not spoken about her relationship with Weinstein recently but, when the news of his crimes first broke, she said she was "processing the accounts of Harvey Weinstein’s hideous behavior", and went on to condemn him harshly in Time magazine.
Originally, people thought she might attempt to defend Weinstein - but this was denied by her team, who claimed she only wanted to speak to him if it was in an interview setting.
“Oprah has not spoken to Harvey Weinstein directly,” a spokesperson for Winfrey told TMZ. “Someone from his team reached out to her to see if she would talk to him, and she said she would if it was for an interview. There are no plans for an interview at this time.”
While some people do feel slightly betrayed by Oprah, who has always been a figurehead of philanthropy and an advocate for doing good in the world, others chose to focus on the things she did say, rather than the stuff she may or may not have left out.
In fact, a survey showed that, should Oprah run for election, she would most likely win against Trump. In the poll, 48 per cent of voters said they would support the talk show host, while 38 per cent said they would choose the incumbent president.
It's not entirely unbelievable that the star could make a bid for the next election, either. After all, we already have one celebrity president - why not another?