The media used the 75th Golden Globe Awards on Sunday as a platform to launch Oprah Winfrey into the national discussion regarding a possible presidential run in 2020. As The Daily Wire’s Ben Shapiro told Fox News on Monday, Oprah may be popular right now, but if she enters the political arena she will see an immediate hit to her popularity, which could affect her very differently than it did Donald Trump.
As Shapiro noted, Winfrey is a hardcore leftist and her image is based on being a uniter, not a divider — which would take a huge hit if she got political. There is an abundant amount of information available on Oprah which will be used against her if she decides to run for office.
Here are some of Oprah's top fails:
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."
Shapiro continued, "Well, I was under the impression that most of us agreed with that stuff when this stuff first broke and she lauded the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Where were they reporting on the sexual harassment and abuse scandal for the last 20 years? It was literally their job to cover Hollywood and yet it took The New Yorker and Ronan Farrow to uncover all this stuff. Where was the Hollywood Press Association that was receiving such plaudits at the hands of Oprah Winfrey, again, a woman who was good friends with Harvey Weinstein, being cheered by Meryl Streep, a woman who gave a standing ovation to Roman Polanski?"
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."
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."
Denying that holy war with infidels is a key teaching of Islam is disingenuous. In the Quran, Mohammad speaks of jihad, or holy war, repeatedly. Though the concept of "greater jihad" (internal spiritual battle against sin) has been a part of Islamic teaching since at least the 11th century, the word jihad is most often used in canonical writings to refer to armed conflict.
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. … If it had all taken place as she claimed, why has she not complained the next day at the wedding of Tina Turner with Trudie Goetz, my boss? She was there also at the Turner wedding as a guest. I don't understand it. ... I spoke to Oprah Winfrey in English. My English is OK but not excellent, unfortunately. ... I didn't know who she was when she came into the store. That wouldn't have made any difference if I had.”
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.
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."