Singer Seal took to Instagram on Wednesday and called out Oprah Winfrey for her cozy relationship with disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein, whose downfall thanks to countless sexual misconduct allegations sparked the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements.
Yesterday the singer posted a meme that had originated elsewhere, which depicts two images: one showing Winfrey kissing Weinstein on the cheek, and another with the pop star Rita Ora sat in between Weinstein and Winfrey. She starred in and produced movies that his company distributed, including The Butler and The Great Debaters.The presidential buzz followed Winfrey's impassioned call for "a brighter morning even in our darkest nights" at the United States awards' show in a speech that left some viewers contemplating the idea of the Democratic Party embracing a celebrity candidate of its own to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020. "My bad. #SanctimoniousHollywood", Seal wrote.
Best known as the host of her multiple award-winning talk show "The Oprah Winfrey Show", which ended in 2011, Winfrey is also the founder of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa.
Following her inspiring Golden Globes speech social media flurried with the #Oprah2020 hashtag, which saw many campaigning for the television personality to run for presidency. "I've been processing the accounts of Harvey Weinstein's ugly behavior and haven't been able to find the words to articulate the magnitude of the situation", she wrote at the time.
As Oprah's supporters urge her to challenge Donald Trump in the 2020 election, Seal has made clear he isn't a fan. The outspoken star came to Oprah's defense after musician Seal posted a defamatory meme on his Instagram account.
While many appeared to support the possibility of Oprah running for president, "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane shared his thoughts on Twitter, according to Fox News. "We don't want to create a world where dedicated public service careers become undesirable and impractical in the face of raw celebrity". "I don't think at this point she's actually considering it".