Out of Control: Seal Blames Oprah for Weinstein’s Sexual Abuse
by G. Brown
While the nation is still basking in the glow of hope from Oprah Winfrey’s Golden Globe speech, others like singer Seal are foaming in fury.
Seal posted a fiery IG on Wednesday of a picture with Oprah kissing a laughing Harvey Weinstein and commented “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.“. He punctuated the harsh Oprah criticism with the hashtag “#SanctimoniousHollywood“. An Oprah call out may be valid, but that leaves me with two questions–Why him? Why now?
Seal is a British singer who never really stood out as a champion of social causes. The “Kiss from a Rose” singer has used his voice to support causes like charities to raise funds for Hurricane Katrina victims and participated in a Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert. But for the most part he’s been silent especially in matters of politics. Perhaps the Weinstein/Hollywood scandal touched a nerve because of an unspoken impact on women in his life like former wife Heidi Klum. Or may be he simply is tired of celebs pretending in public to be honest and forthright, but in secret are depraved and despicable human beings.
Or maybe… he’s a tool of the right wing which brings us to the second question of ‘why now’? As soon as murmurs of Oprah running for president reached a fervor, a low key smear campaign surfaces questioning her ‘cozy’ relationship with the man who sparked Hollywood’s biggest sex scandal.
I’m not onboard the Oprah2020 train necessarily. She may be America’s darling, but she is just another billionaire whose money keeps her out of touch with the masses. Oprah’s journalism background may make her more knowledgeable of policy and she hands-down seems smarter than Trump, but at the end of the day, she is still just another celebrity with no political experience. Whether it’s Oprah, The Rock or Kanye throwing another celebrity on the ballot is still a sophomoric move that reduces the most powerful office in the world to nothing more than a popularity contest based on who has the most followers on Twitter and has been in more movies.
Whether Oprah decides to run (which I seriously can ‘t see happening) or not, to start smearing her by blaming her for what Weinstein or any sex predator did is pretty cowardly and low. The only person responsible for Weinstein is Weinstein. Unless Oprah was serving him young actresses on a platter to devour, blaming her for his behavior is missing the point and still not holding powerful abusive men responsible for their own actions. Seal isn’t questioning other female A-list celebs and actresses with close ties to Weinstein, so why single out Oprah? That’s exactly what some Twitter users also want to know…
I’m a far cry from an Oprah worshiper, but seeing how the attacks on her character are already underway at the mere mention of her running is too reminiscent of how the Obamas were disrespected. Although it is fun to see how the mere mention of the most powerful Black woman in America running for president has left right wingers shook, Seal might consider his #SanctimoniousHollywood applies to even singers.