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Why Did So Many of Us Lose Our Minds About Oprah’s Golden Globe Speech?
Joe Martino
January 12, 2018
Oprah’s Golden Globe speech after accepting the Cecil B de. Mille award on Sunday has inspired some and ruffled feathers of others. Understandably so, there were a number of important issues touched on in this speech that people feel many different things about.
(Left: Seal)
Singer/songwriter Seal came out stating Oprah is a hypocrite and part of the very problem she was trying to raise awareness about.
In particular, I watched as many in the alternative media community began to become very rash and emotional about the entire speech and I believe it illustrated some serious challenges existing within the thinking and state of being we operate from. I shared my thoughts in the video below. But let’s continue on here with what challenged people about her speech.
Oprah Spoke Well of The Media
The choice to support media may challenge some of us as it has become clear, over recent years especially, that the media in general has been the source of much propaganda, lies and is responsible for misleading the public on many issues. In some cases, flat out not even informing the public on issues. So while her call for value in the media seems misplaced given the media’s recent actions, she could be referring to forms of alternative media as well who have actually been bringing out the truth the mainstream seems to want to stay away from or cover up. And there’s plenty of evidence they not only do that but are specifically instructed by 3 letter agencies to do so.
People Feel Oprah Must Have Known About & Supported Poor Behaviour
In her speech she made it quite clear that she feels there are many unfavourable things happening to women around the world, including in Hollywood and so forth. This is of course true. Some have stated they were upset due to the fact that they believe Oprah has known about this behavior and has actually contributed to it. This may be true but how we seem to be going about proving this is where the issue lies.
Seal for example stated “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,”  This points to the fact the it’s likely Oprah may have known, which would be a good starting point in further researching this subject.
But a meme or an image with someone does not constitute as proof. This unfortunately is the means by which so many are trying to assert that Oprah had known about all the nasty things going on in Hollywood and did nothing. And while there’s a good chance she did know, we must consider, how does going about trying to prove something in this manner actually help the cause? It doesn’t. It only detracts from the truth and pulls awareness away from some of the great things Oprah is doing in other actions. For example, bringing self-help and powerful consciousness authors to millions of people, effectively helping to shift the world. Providing soul enriching content via her network. These, no doubt, are good things.
But we detract from this, focus on the drama and also detract from the very real problem that exists in the industry involving sexual abuse and pedophilia by simply focusing on bashing a figure.
Due to a poor approach with evidence, it’s difficult for anyone to take the subject seriously because everyone is speaking emotionally, irrationally and providing no evidence.
The solution? We have to begin to take some time and dig a little further, find some solid evidence and present our case. We also have to get out of our egos more, get into the heart and determine how to talk about these subjects more effectively.
I went into deep detail and shared my take on the whole speech and the events that took place afterwards in the video below. I also touch on what I believe is a huge challenge existing in the alternative media community.
Here is Oprah’s entire speech, in written form:
In 1964, I was a little girl sitting on the linoleum floor of my mother’s house in Milwaukee watching Anne Bancroft present the Oscar for best actor at the 36th Academy Awards. She opened the envelope and said five words that literally made history: “The winner is Sidney Poitier.” Up to the stage came the most elegant man I had ever seen. I remember his tie was white, and of course his skin was black, and I had never seen a black man being celebrated like that. I tried many, many times to explain what a moment like that means to a little girl, a kid watching from the cheap seats as my mom came through the door bone tired from cleaning other people’s houses. But all I can do is quote and say that the explanation in Sidney’s performance in “Lilies of the Field”:
“Amen, amen, amen, amen.”
In 1982, Sidney received the Cecil B. DeMille award right here at the Golden Globes and it is not lost on me that at this moment, there are some little girls watching as I become the first black woman to be given this same award. It is an honor — it is an honor and it is a privilege to share the evening with all of them and also with the incredible men and women who have inspired me, who challenged me, who sustained me and made my journey to this stage possible. Dennis Swanson who took a chance on me for “A.M. Chicago.” Quincy Jones who saw me on that show and said to Steven Spielberg, “Yes, she is Sophia in ‘The Color Purple.'” Gayle who has been the definition of what a friend is, and Stedman who has been my rock — just a few to name.
I want to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association because we all know the press is under siege these days. We also know it’s the insatiable dedication to uncovering the absolute truth that keeps us from turning a blind eye to corruption and to injustice. To — to tyrants and victims, and secrets and lies. I want to say that I value the press more than ever before as we try to navigate these complicated times, which brings me to this: what I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have. And I’m especially proud and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories. Each of us in this room are celebrated because of the stories that we tell, and this year we became the story.
But it’s not just a story affecting the entertainment industry. It’s one that transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics, or workplace. So I want tonight to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue. They’re the women whose names we’ll never know. They are domestic workers and farm workers. They are working in factories and they work in restaurants and they’re in academia, engineering, medicine, and science. They’re part of the world of tech and politics and business. They’re our athletes in the Olympics and they’re our soldiers in the military.
And there’s someone else, Recy Taylor, a name I know and I think you should know, too. In 1944, Recy Taylor was a young wife and mother walking home from a church service she’d attended in Abbeville, Alabama, when she was abducted by six armed white men, raped, and left blindfolded by the side of the road coming home from church. They threatened to kill her if she ever told anyone, but her story was reported to the NAACP where a young worker by the name of Rosa Parks became the lead investigator on her case and together they sought justice. But justice wasn’t an option in the era of Jim Crow. The men who tried to destroy her were never persecuted. Recy Taylor died ten days ago, just shy of her 98th birthday. She lived as we all have lived, too many years in a culture broken by brutally powerful men. For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. Their time is up.
Their time is up. And I just hope — I just hope that Recy Taylor died knowing that her truth, like the truth of so many other women who were tormented in those years, and even now tormented, goes marching on. It was somewhere in Rosa Parks’ heart almost 11 years later, when she made the decision to stay seated on that bus in Montgomery, and it’s here with every woman who chooses to say, “Me too.” And every man — every man who chooses to listen.
In my career, what I’ve always tried my best to do, whether on television or through film, is to say something about how men and women really behave. To say how we experience shame, how we love and how we rage, how we fail, how we retreat, persevere and how we overcome. I’ve interviewed and portrayed people who’ve withstood some of the ugliest things life can throw at you, but the one quality all of them seem to share is an ability to maintain hope for a brighter morning, even during our darkest nights. So I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon! And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say “Me too” again.
Desperate liberals in the age of Trump see ‘new age’ Oprah as their 2020 savior
Doug Mainwaring
Wed Jan 10, 2018
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., January 10, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Liberals, looking for deliverance in the age of Trump, seem to have found their savior at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday Night: media mogul and talk show host Oprah Winfrey. 
The atmosphere in the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel’s International Ballroom, filled to capacity with gowned and tuxedoed gliterati, was electric as Winfrey’s lifetime achievement award acceptance speech turned into what many interpreted as a political campaign speech.
The folks who live in Beverly Hills and Bel Air, Manhattan and the Hamptons effused breathlessly,  penning one endorsement after another. 
“Oprah/Michelle 2020,” tweeted comedian Sarah Silverman. Actor Leslie Odom Jr wrote: “She’s running. A new day is on the way.”
“More than an acceptance speech,” gushed Dennis Fallon at the Daily Beast, “Winfrey’s rousing Golden Globes speech played like a sermon or, optimistically, a presidential campaign speech.” He continued, “Oprah Winfrey, as she is wont to do, just gave the most galvanizing, inspiring, and possibly life-saving speech in awards show history.”
NBC added its approval, tweeting “Nothing but respect for OUR future president,” from its verified account during the telecast. The news media giant quickly regretted its premature partisan presidential endorsement, deleting the tweet Monday morning.
Liberal Elites have clearly let their 2020 Democratic Presidential candidate of choice be known. 
But two little words in Winfrey’s Golden Globes speech set off alarm bells for conservatives: “Your truth.” 
Winfrey, after first talking about an “insatiable dedication to uncovering the absolute truth,” turned on a dime and exclaimed, “What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have,” [emphasis added].
Popular Conservative Ben Shapiro, tweeted, “There is no such thing as “your truth.” There is the truth and your opinion.” 
Americans would be justified in questioning Tinseltown types’ ability to choose a president Americans want, especially during an era when Hollywood struggles to produce money-making movies that Americans want to see. 
Oprah’s ‘New Age’ connection
Ms. Winfrey is famous for jealously guarding her personal life from the public.  The American people only know about her what she wants them to know. 
While serving as a talk show host, Winfrey has often imprudently endorsed products and health treatments based on what some identify as pseudoscience, sometimes careening into actual anti-science.  Many fall under the heading, “New Age.”
She has also catapulted men and women with dubious New Age-type ideas into stardom, sometimes resulting in tragedy. James Arthur Ray, who was a guest on Winfrey’s show more than once, was found guilty of negligent homicide after people who attended one of his “Spiritual Warrior” retreats died.  Eighteen others were injured.
NRO’s Devoe points out other New Age Winfrey endeavours, including hosting Brazilian healer, “John of God,” who performs disturbing “spiritual surgeries,” and promotion of  “the Thermage, a $30,000 machine that promised to smooth wrinkles using radio waves.”  Devoe compares Winfrey’s television New Age huckstering “to that of a snake-oil salesman in the Wild West.”
In the early 2000s, Winfrey started inviting representatives of new age spirituality onto her talk shows, including figures such as Marianne Williamson, Barbara DeAngelis, LaVar Burton, Richard Carlson, Betty Eadie, and many others. Winfrey strongly endorsed many of their works, and included some of them in her ‘Book Club” list.
Around that time, Winfrey, who identifies herself as a “Christian," was named the “most dangerous woman in the world” by Bill Keller, considered then by some to be the world’s leading Internet evangelist.  He accused Oprah of peddling the equivalent of “spiritual crack.”
Years ago, Winfrey began embracing and publicly promoting the homosexual agenda, even referring to a pair of lesbians as “married” years before the Supreme Court ruled on the matter.  In doing so, she was using her mighty megaphone to normalize homosexuality and while nudging Americans toward acceptance of the notion of same-sex "marriage." 
Liberal savior?
Writers at The New York Times, musing about a possible Winfrey White House run, wondered if she “could navigate the ideological pitfalls of a presidential campaign and give voice not just to broad themes, but actual policy prescriptions.”  
“While Ms. Winfrey has aligned herself generally with Democrats like Mr. Obama,” the NYTs report continued, “her views on a range of issues from financial regulation to drone warfare are opaque.”
“What do all saviors have in common?” was a question frequently asked by Jerry Harvey, former Professor of Management at DC’s George Washington University, now deceased, in his discussions with Masters candidates.  He answered, “They get crucified.” 
Winfrey is too smart not to know this.
Over the course of her long and storied career, Winfrey has never experienced anything but fawning praise.  She avoids self-inflicted controversy and negative press coverage assiduously.  Maintaining the value of the “Oprah brand” depends on it. 
Marketers have coined the term, the “Oprah Effect,” referring to the fact that whatever Winfrey promotes leads to mega sales. She has turned books, healthcare products, and personalities into huge successes. 
Currently, she is not a political figure, and because of that, she enjoys broad appeal. But if she were to enter the political arena endorsing a liberal agenda, she would risk losing up to one-half of her adoring followers overnight.
Would Oprah––the Media brand––and more importantly––Oprah, the beloved personality––want to withstand buffets and punches, slings and arrows, from those who reject the far-left political ideology of the Democratic Party?  Probably not.
Hopefully, Winfrey is simply going to bask in the adulation of her Golden Globes performance while figuring out a way to monetize it.
Oprah Winfrey vs Donald Trump in 2020: A mudslinging match for the ages
Nick Allen, washington editor
10 January 2018
Donald Trump says he would beat Oprah Winfrey in an election
Donald Trump vs Oprah Winfrey in 2020 would be an all-out war for the White House, a battle of the billionaires, the clash of the TV titans, a mudslinging match for the ages. And America is salivating at the prospect.
Democrats are energised, believing Ms Winfrey would have the star power to beat Mr Trump.  But Mr Trump himself remains confident, dismissively saying: "Yeah, I can beat Oprah."
He is probably already thinking about a nickname for her - perhaps "Overrated Oprah". Or maybe "Doprah".
Here we look at how the contest, should it happen, might unfold.
Donald Trump: "Yeah, I can beat Oprah." CREDIT: UPI/BARCROFT IMAGES
Securing the Democratic nomination for 2020
This would be Ms Winfrey's first hurdle and she is by no means a shoo-in amid what is expected to be a huge Democratic field.
The early favourite is Bernie Sanders, who was vanquished by Hillary Clinton in 2016. And then there is Joe Biden, the former vice president who wants to run, and the liberal icon Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.
Plus, Ms Winfrey would have to see off a whole raft of ambitious, relatively young potential candidates including New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, and California Senator Kamala Harris.
However, none of them, even Mr Biden, can compete with Ms Winfrey's celebrity.
And, it should not be forgotten, she has campaigned in the crucial early-voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire before.
In 2007 she stumped for presidential hopeful Barack Obama, and the crowds came to see her, not him.
Brad Anderson, Mr Obama's Iowa state director in the 2012 election, urged Ms Winfrey to "call me".
He said: "I don't think Democrats are in the mood for a coronation. So, she'll have to put in the work. She's going to have to do living rooms in Iowa like everyone else. It may be a lifestyle change.
"But she's Oprah Winfrey! Coming out of Iowa with a win, being Oprah Winfrey, she would be a formidable contender."
Dan Pfeiffer, a former adviser to Mr Obama, added: "I slept on it and came to the conclusion that the Oprah thing isn't that crazy."
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It would be during the Democratic primary season, including debates against seasoned politicians like Mr Sanders and Mr Biden, that Ms Winfrey would have to set out her political stall.
At the moment this is the great unknown of a Winfrey candidacy.
What is known is that she has previously voted both Democrat and Republican.
That may alienate some on the left of the Democratic Party, or it may help her seize the centre ground.
It is also known, from TV programmes she has hosted, that she wants tighter gun control, is in favour of a "path to citizenship" for 11 million undocumented immigrants in the US. She wants better social programmes for people in poverty, and equal pay for women.
However, Ms Winfrey would have to more clearly define to voters where she stands on issues including taxation, trade deals, North Korea and Syria.
Then, she would have to carry those policies into a general election against a sitting president who already has policies that are extremely clearly defined.
She could be expected to make passionate arguments on issues where she is diametrically opposed to Mr Trump, such as the future of Obamacare.
Other issues at the forefront of her campaign might include increasing the minimum wage, raising taxes on billionaires like herself, for the US to contribute more to the fight against climate change, and reducing military spending.
What ammunition would Mr Trump have?
A surprising amount. Over the decades Ms Winfrey has been involved in her fair share of controversies.
Although there is no indication she had any inkling of Harvey Weinstein's abuses Ms Winfrey starred in the Weinstein Company film The Butler.
There are plenty of photographs of her being chummy with the disgraced movie mogul, even whispering in his ear.
Oprah Winfrey and Harvey Weinstein CREDIT: WIREIMAGE
In 1996 she alienated pretty much any American who works in the huge beef industry when, in the wake of  BSE, she announced she would never eat another hamburger.
Beef prices immediately fell off a cliff and she was unsuccessfully sued for defamation by beef ranchers in Texas. They have never forgiven her.
By contrast, Mr Trump loves hamburgers.
Donald Trump enjoys a hamburger on Air Force One CREDIT: SOURCE: REALDONALDTRUMP/INSTAGRAM
Ms Winfrey has also faced embarrassments through her TV show, including when it promoted the book A Million Little Pieces by James Frey, which turned out not to be a true account of addiction.
Who would win the debates?
The three television debates between Oprah and Trump would be events to rival the Super Bowl or biggest boxing match.
Mr Trump would brag about the ratings, but he would know at least half of the viewers were tuning in to see Oprah.
As a former reality TV star Mr Trump benefited in the 2016 campaign from having more television experience than his opponents, often appearing more comfortable in front of the cameras.
But his experience nowhere near matches that of Ms Winfrey, who was a daily presence in US living rooms for 25 years.
She would be sure to have the edge. But Mr Trump, as he has shown before, would get nastier.
Between them the pair have nearly 100 million Twitter followers, with Mr Trump slightly ahead, and the president would unleash a torrent of insults in the wake of any debate defeat, and throughout the campaign.
Ms Winfrey, however, would have the almost universal backing of America's biggest celebrities.
Wealthy Hollywood donors would flock to her campaign, undoubtedly making it the most well funded in history to the tune of well over $1 billion.
And many media outlets would be openly supportive of her, giving her a built in advantage.
With those assets Ms Winfrey could even start the general election against Mr Trump as the favourite.
As one Republican strategist put it: "I don’t know how much she knows about foreign policy. But it’s not like she’d be running against Churchill. She’d be running against Trump."
As well as increasing the Democrat turnout Ms Winfrey may even appeal to many of Mr Trump's own supporters.
Being a talk show host is not unlike being a politician in that you don't want to alienate voters, or in Ms Winfrey's case viewers.
So she has a long history of pronouncements on political issues that sound Democrat, but have been carefully caveated not to offend Republicans. For example:
Oprah on gun control
Speaking in 2013 at Harvard, Ms Winfrey said: "We understand that the vast majority of people in this country believe in stronger background checks because they realise that we can uphold the Second Amendment and also reduce the violence that is robbing us of our children. They don’t have to be incompatible."
Oprah on immigration
"We understand that most Americans believe in a clear path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants who reside in this country because it’s possible to both enforce our laws and at the same time embrace the words on the Statue of Liberty that have welcomed generations of huddled masses to our shores. We can do both."
On other political issues she has been more forthright:
Oprah on equal pay
When she found out her female TV producers were making less than the male ones she threatened to boycott her own show.
"Either my producers are going to get raises or I'm going to sit down. I just won't work. I will not work unless they get paid more money."
Oprah on LGBT rights
In 1997 a woman in her audience criticised Ms Winfrey for interviewing Ellen DeGeneres about being gay. The woman said the Bible condemned homosexuality. Ms Winfrey responded:
"I have a different view of 'Christian' than you do. The God I serve doesn't care whether you're tall or short, or whether you were born black or Asian or gay. And that's just a difference of belief. And I don't expect to change your belief today."
Oprah on the Iraq War
A candidate's position on the Iraq war has been key theme of all US elections since 2004.
In 2016 it counted against Hillary Clinton that she had voted for the Iraq invasion as a US senator.
Ms Winfrey had a public position against the war that was less nuanced than Mr Trump's
She ran a series of anti-war programmes before the invasion, and later said that was when she received the most hate mail in her life, much of it racist.
Her show The World Speaks Out On Iraq was interrupted on network television when President George W. Bush and Colin Powell called a press conference, leading to speculation that the timing was deliberate.
Does she agree with Mr Trump on anything?
Ms Winfrey and Mr Trump appear to be similar in their dislike of the estate tax. Ms Winfrey once said:
"I think it's so irritating that once I die, 55 per cent of my money goes to the United States government. You know why that's so irritating."

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