Oprah Winfrey, the new political darling of the media, is now having to face added scrutiny to personal and professional life. That means some of Oprah’s more questionable comments and actions are likely coming back to haunt her.
There are many instances in Oprah’s past worth looking at now, but we now have five that deserve review. Ryan Saavedra of The Daily Wire outlines five of Oprah’s top fails, which will likely come back to haunt her should she run for office:
5. Golden Globe Awards Speech
Hollywood and the mainstream media promoted Oprah as “brave” following her speech at the 75th Golden Globe Awards, but, as Shapiro pointed out, “What the hell kind of risk was she taking?”
Shapiro told Fox News’ Martha MacCallum: “She was standing in front of an entire town filled with sexual abusers and harassers. She said nothing about it for 20 years; she was being cheered by people who said nothing about it for 20 years, and there she is pretending that she’s leading the fight.”
Oprah did not lead the fight against the culture of sexual misconduct in Hollywood, and she cannot use the excuse of “I was afraid of what it might do to my career,” because she is one of the biggest people in media – she has little to fear.
4. Oprah Suggests Americans Are Racist – Even If They Do Not Have Ill Will Toward Black People
In a 2013 interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker, stars in “The Butler,” strongly hinted that Americans were racist – even if they did not have any “ill will” toward the black community.
Winfrey said, “People don’t feel it’s race because people don’t call it race…A lot of people think if they think they’re not using the n-word themselves, they physically aren’t using the n-word themselves, and do not harbor ill will towards black people that it’s not racist. But to me, it’s ridiculous to look at that case and not to think that race was involved.”
3. Oprah Gives Platform To An Islamic Scholar Who Says Islamic Jihad Is Only A Spiritual Battle — Not A ‘Holy War’
Varun Soni, the dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California, appeared on Winfrey’s “Belief” series where she explained that all of the horrifying acts of violence committed in the name of Islam were all just a great big misunderstanding of a core Islamic belief.
“One of the most misunderstood concepts of Islam is ‘jihad’, which many people interpret as ‘a holy war,'” Soni said. “But there is nothing holy about war. What ‘jihad’ actually represents is an internal struggle, the battle that is raging in our own heart. And all of our religious traditions talk about that internal struggle. In that respect, jihad is not just a Muslim idea but it’s a reality of the human condition.”
2. Oprah Makes “Absolutely Not True” Racism Allegations Against A Store Clerk In Europe
Winfrey, the most powerful woman in the world, accused a clerk at a small store in Europe of being racist towards her but refused to offer any identifying information of the alleged incident. Eventually, the store and the clerk were discovered and they said Winfrey was a liar:
“This is not true. This is absurd. I would never say something like that to a customer. Really, never. Good manners and politeness are the Alpha and the Omega in this business,” the woman told SonntagsBlick.
“It is absolutely not true that I declined to show her the bag on racist grounds. I even asked her if she wanted to look at the bag,” the woman said.
“I didn’t hurt anyone. I don’t know why someone as great as her must cannibalize me on TV.”
Winfrey tried to get out of the incident, which could have ruined that poor girl’s life, by giving a bogus apology in which she did not actually apologize for her actions — but apologized for the story getting blown up, for which she, of course, was responsible.
1. Oprah Says Older Generations “Just Have To Die” To Solve The Problem Of Racism
In a 2013 interview with the BBC, Winfrey said that entire generations “just have to die” to cure the problem of racism.
After Winfrey told the BBC’s Will Gompertz that she thought that racism has “gotten better,” Gompertz asked Winfrey if she thought the problem was solved.
Winfrey responded, “Of course problem is not solved. You know, as long as people can be judged by the color of their skin, problem’s not solved. As long as there are people who still, there’s a whole generation — I say this, you know, I said this, you know, for apartheid South Africa, I said this for my own, you know, community in the south — there are still generations of people, older people, who were born and bred and marinated in it, in that prejudice and racism, and they just have to die.”
Here is video of Oprah’s “white people dying” comments.