Recording artist Seal is calling out Oprah Winfrey over her longtime friendship with alleged sexual harasser and sexual abuser Harvey Weinstein, claiming that Winfrey's decades of silence made her "part of the problem" she's now seeking to fix in Hollywood.
Seal lashed out at the former daytime talk show host on Instagram, posting an old press photo of Oprah kissing Harvey Weinstein on the cheek, overlaid with the words, "When you have been part of the problem for decades, but suddenly they all think you are the solution.”
In the caption to his photo, Seal comments sarcastically, "Oh I forgot, that's right.....you'd heard the rumours but you had no idea he was actually serially assaulting young stary-eyed actresses who in turn had no idea what they were getting into. My bad."
Seal is just the latest in a string of public commentators suggesting that, like Meryl Streep, who was also friends with Weinstein for decades and collaborated regularly with the Miramax head, Oprah Winfrey was adept enough at moving through Hollywood circles that rumors about Harvey's private life would certainly have reached her ears.
Winfrey and Weinstein were partners in production, and often met up at the same parties and political fundraisers. One of Weinstein's alleged victims, a British model, suggested to media that Harvey even used his relationship with Oprah to prove to some of his victims that he wielded extensive power in the entertainment industry, saying she was impressed with Weinstein's ability to get Oprah to "hang off" his arm.
After her speech at the Golden Globes garnered national attention, many on the Left were quick to adopt Winfrey as their de-facto presidential candidate to challenge Donald Trump in 2020. But after only a few days of "honeymoon," it's becoming clear that Winfrey's road to the White House won't be as clear as some hoped.