With the left going gaga over Oprah Winfrey’s entirely empty speech delivered at the Golden Globes awards show, many are starting to look more carefully at the TV star’s life and work and without a doubt there is a long list of things that simply wouldn’t play well if they became better known by voters.
Oprah has well over 30 years in public life, but all as an entertainer, actress, TV show host, and producer. She is beloved by millions, but her reputation has been earned under a far different set of criteria as an entertainer than it would be if she were a politician. Indeed, there are a lot of shady things she has done over the years that are easily ignored or waved away by fans of an entertainer but not so easily ignored for someone who is stepping up as a politician.
Radio talk show host Mark Levin, for one, totally eviscerated Oprah’s empty speech, calling the whole fiasco “grotesque.” Levin pointed out that Winfrey delivered her speech as if we were all still living in the 1940s when women and blacks were second-class citizens. He also slammed her for ignoring the decades of abuse perpetrated by numerous Hollywood luminaries.
Now, we can’t legitimately dismiss Oprah merely because she is an entertainer. After all, we’ve had two presidents who were featured entertainers before they jumped into politics. We have also had numerous congressmen and senators who were sportsmen, TV actors, or movie stars before they threw their hat in the political ring. So, let’s put a quick end to that attack on Oprah. We can’t just wave her off because she was a TV star.
However, there is still a long list of shady things in Winfrey’s life that should be brought out, things that Winfrey should be forced to answer to if she is going to ask for our vote to make her our 46th president.
Grabien News recently posted just such a list containing 12 “skeletons” that Oprah can’t continue to hide in her closet without comment were she to become a presidential candidate.
The first one Grabien noted is one of her more disgusting and shocking skeletons. Not long ago Oprah had to apologize after it became known that she was promoting a facial cream that has an awfully shocking ingredient.
Oprah has promoted a face cream derived from … babies’ discarded foreskins. Winfrey calls SkinMedica’s anti-wrinkle cream a “magic fountain of youth.” Others say her enthusiasm for the product clashes with her activism against genital mutilation.
What in the…
Winfrey also admitted to have frequently smoked crack when she was younger. She blamed her drug abuse on her emotional reaction to some bad romantic relationships. If she starts smoking crack because of a bad date, how will she react when North Korea starts threatening the U.S. with nuclear war?
Give them a free car, or something?
Oprah also used her show to push dubious businesses and personalities like “mediums” who claim to be able to talk to the dead, “doctors” who made pseudo scientific claims, and other off the wall ideas. Why should she be given a pass or pushing these charlatans on her audience?
Then there is the fact that she was a close personal friend of sex abuser Harvey Weinstein. Even as Oprah runs around Hollywood pretending that she is a crusader for women, for decades she turned a blind eye to Weinstein’s well-known abuses. Why should she get a free pass for this blatant hypocrisy?
And don’t forget the time that she said the only way for racism to end in the USA was “for racists to die.” Does she really wish for the death of people with whom she disagrees?
Speaking of racism, there was the much-publicized incident in Europe where Oprah accused a store clerk of being a racist and mistreating her as a customer just because she was black. But there isn’t an ounce of proof that Oprah was telling the truth. Indeed, the clerk’s own boss and friends stuck up for her saying that the clerk was not known as a racist by anyone.
Grabien has a lot more than those I list above, of course. But the fact remains that there are a lot of things that Oprah would have to answer for if she were to throw her hat in the ring. She will be faced with very tough questions and sharp attacks.
After a life time of having people bow and scrape to her and treat her like a queen, can she handle this sort of situation? Probably not.
[Note: This post was written by Warner Todd Huston]