After Oprah gave an epic speech at the Golden Globes on Sunday night, the internet was abuzz with rumors that Oprah should start going by Madame President Winfrey. That’s right, people want Oprah to run for president in 2020. The world is already sort of a huge dumpster fire, so it’s not really a surprise that we’d try to find comfort in a woman who speaks eloquently and also gives away free cars like candy.
But because we can’t have nice things, Seal randomly showed up to ruin the party. He posted this meme on Instagram insinuating that Oprah knew about Harvey Weinstein’s deplorable behavior and in fact may have been trying to help him. Pardon me while I go throw up.
He captioned the photo: “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. #SanctimoniousHollywood”
There’s a lot of talk in Hollywood about who knew about Weinstein’s behavior and what could have been done to stop it. It’s no secret that he was a powerful man with powerful friends, but Seal, buddy, come on. Why you gotta come for Oprah like that?
The photo had people up in arms (don’t come for Oprah unless you want to feel the wrath of literally everyone in the world) and that’s including Chrissy Teigen. She commented on the photo, “Hmm. Let’s just say we’ve all heard things about each other, haven’t we?” Cryptic…
Other people were like, “Seal, what the f-ck? Your ex, Heidi Klum was also friends with him…”
– @Seal You’re made of selective outrage & extreme hypocrisy. You called Oprah out for the crimes of a man she knew, but conveniently forgot to mention that your ex-wife and the mother of your children (Heidi Klum) was also a close friend of that same man. Did she “know,” too? pic.twitter.com/OYXRH4l62p
— ☽☼ⓚⓔⓔ☼☾ (@OMGkee) January 11, 2018
And that’s just the start of it. But it looks like the backlash has gotten to Seal, who posted this video to his Facebook. It’s…a lot.
He starts off explaining that he has a ton of respect for Oprah and tries to tell us that what he reposted wasn’t really about Oprah at all…she just happened to be the celebrity in the photo that is meant to be “commentary on the hypocritical and double standard nature and behavior of Hollywood.”
While that doesn’t really make much sense at all, Seal ends up making a valid point in the middle of his rambling. He’s upset because none of the women who have come forward have received real justice. Seal says that losing your job isn’t enough and that “we all know what would happen to anyone of those power abusers if they look like [him.]” Preach.
He also touched on the fact that, after he posted the photo, he had a lot of people calling him an “Uncle Tom.” He defends himself on this point by saying that, being Nigerian, he “is about as Black as you will ever get.” It doesn’t really address the criticism of Oprah at all, but…okay, I guess.
Then, he comes for FOX News, saying that they’re trying to use him as a pawn against Oprah. Then again, when Stacey Dash is telling you that you’re making a good point, maybe it’s time to pivot.
Ouch, he does make a good point though. https://t.co/y40NrrdbJa
— Stacey Dash (@REALStaceyDash) January 11, 2018
And he does, saying, “Stacey Dash: Keep my name out of your mouth. Do not retweet/re-quote anything I have said in order to reinforce your self-hating agenda. You live in the sunken place.”
I’m not sure what she did other than retweet your own opinion but…go off, I guess?
After going on for about three minutes, he applauds the women coming forward but suggests a few new hashtags for the rest of us. “How about #WeAllKnew, how about #TellTheTruth, how about #Accountability?”
Y’all, I’m not entirely sure what Seal is trying to do here. He is insistent that he wasn’t attacking Oprah personally but also posted a meme that features her as the problem. He yells at FOX News and Stacey Dash for agreeing with the meme that he posted because they’re pitting him against Oprah…but he sort of pit himself against Oprah. It’s a shame, because Seal makes completely valid points about the issues in Hollywood. But it’s now all muddled by a weird meme and a Facebook rant.
Taraji P. Henson, Oprah, and Halle Berry are just a few of the black women who shine at award shows.