Oprah Winfrey for 2020: Stars React, Drama Ensues
Ever since Oprah Winfrey made her widely praised speech at the Golden Globes 2018, people have been speculating about whether or not she will run for the top-job in 2020.
It all started after Seth Meyers quipped:
"In 2011, I told some jokes about our current president at the White House Correspondents Dinner, jokes about how he was unqualified to be president," Meyers said. "And some have said that night convinced him to run. And if that's true, I would just like to say Oprah you will never be President. You don't have what it takes."
The news got big within minutes and several well-known people on both ends of the political spectrum jumped in with their views - some cheering for Oprah and some thinking it's a bad idea.
In an interview with BBC's Andrew Marr, Streep said of Oprah: That is how you rouse people. That is how you lead." And Tom Hanks, adding a reference to President Donald Trump, said: We have proven, I think, just within the last few years, that if you want to be president of the United States, guess what, there's a way that that can happen.
But it was not all hunky dory for Oprah. She received harsh criticism for her friendship with Harvey Weinstein. Pop-star Seal, on Wednesday, posted on Instagram an image of Oprah with Harvey Weinstein, accompanied by a jibe on their relationship and hashtag #SanctimoniousHollywood:
Oh I forgot, that's right.....you'd heard the rumours but you had no idea he was actually serially assaulting young stary-eyed actresses who in turn had no idea what they were getting into. My bad. #SanctimoniousHollywood.
Model Chrissy Teigen came to Oprah's defense and commented on Seal's post, "Hmm. Let’s just say we’ve all heard things about each other, haven’t we?"
Juanita Broaddrick, the retired nurse, who has accused Bill Clinton of raping her during his 1978 campaign for Arkansas governor, also joined on Twitter, saying:
Hey @Oprah #Goldenglobes. Funny I've never heard you mention my name. CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?Guess not. My rapist was/is your friend, Bill Clinton
Seth MacFarlane, the creator of "Family Guy" was not too keen on the idea. He tweeted on Tuesday,
Oprah is beyond doubt a magnificent orator. 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.
Oprah is beyond doubt a magnificent orator. 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.— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) January 10, 2018
Oprah Winfrey's story a true American rags-to-riches story. Born on 29 January 1954, in a poor household in rural Mississippi, Oprah struggled her way to host The Oprah Winfrey Show, which was one of the highest-rated television shows in America. She has won numerous awards, with the most recent one being the Cecil B DeMille lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes 2018.