TV personality Oprah Winfrey made history at the Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 7, after becoming the first black female recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille award. After accepting the award, Winfrey delivered a speech inspired by the #MeToo movement. She discussed the rising issues of race, assault, and the fight for equality. Her speech was not about her, but rather a powerful message to people, especially to women.
"It's not just a story affecting the entertainment industry. It's one that transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics, or workplace. So I want tonight to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue," Winfrey said. "They are working in factories and they work in restaurants and they're in academia, engineering, medicine, and science. They're part of the world of tech and politics and business. They're our athletes in the Olympics and they're our soldiers in the military."
Winfrey was giving a voice to those who are seldom heard. Her speech brought the audience to their feet and instantly went viral. Talk about Winfrey running for president in 2020 spread across Twitter soon after.
Many celebrities expressed their opinion on Winfrey running for president. "I want her to run for president," actress Meryl Streep told The Post. "I don't think she had any intention [of declaring]. But now she doesn't have a choice."
In an interview with the Guardian, director Steven Spielberg made it clear that he would support Winfrey if she decides to run. “She is a crackerjack on the money on women’s issues and I call her the ambassador of empathy. And our country could use a dose of empathy right now,” he said.
People have also expressed their opinion on why it could be a bad idea. Photos of Winfrey posing with Harvey Weinstein surfaced the web since talk about her becoming president began. In 2017, more than 40 women accused film producer Weinstein of sexual assault.
Musician, professionally known as Seal, used the photos to mock Winfrey saying she knew about the assault for decades. In an Instagram caption, Seal wrote: "Oh I forgot, that's right ..... you'd heard the rumors but you had no idea he was actually serially assaulting young starry-eyed actresses who in turn had no idea what they were getting into. My bad."
In an interview with CNN, politician Elizabeth Warren disagreed with Winfrey running for president. "I don't know" if America is ready for another celebrity billionaire president, she said. "Here's what I do know. We are right now in the middle of fights that will determine our future for generations to come."
President Trump however isn't worried about possible competition. During a meeting at the White House, Trump told reporters, "Yeah, I'll beat Oprah. I like Oprah. I don't think she's gonna run."
There have been many debates about whether Winfrey could be a good candidate for the 2020 presidential election and according to Rolling Stone, Winfrey has considered and hinted that she may run for president. However, according to Winfrey's best friend, Gayle King, she won't be running for president. “I do think she is very intrigued, and I also say, as I’ve heard for many years on the ‘Oprah Winfrey Show,’ you always have the right to change your mind. But that is certainly not something she’s considering right now," she said on CBS This Morning.
“Winfrey is overwhelmed by the groundswell of support, the absolute avalanche of hashtags and phone calls about running for president,” Richard Sher, a friend of Winfrey told The Post. “If she set out to do it, she’d win. But at this point it’s other people, not her, that’s talking about it. She’s just taking it all in and happy that what she had to say struck such a chord around the country.”