resident Winfrey? President Oprah? What would we call her?
The name debacle is one of the many reasons Oprah should not be president. When she tore up the stage with a moving, inspiring speech at the Golden Globes last night, the Internet started gunning for #Oprah2020. And reportedly, she’s actually thinking about running.
But this is a bad idea for so many reasons, reasons that I will enumerate below. Oprah is far from the worst person in the world. In fact, the good she does probably outweighs the bad. But that doesn’t mean she should be in charge of our government.
Oprah accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes for her outstanding achievements in and contributions to the world of entertainment.
Not politics. Entertainment. (Just going to periodically remind you of this throughout the article.)
Oprah took to the stage and delivered an impassioned, beautiful speech in which she expressed her support of the brave women and men of the #MeToo movement and her faith in the changing tide when it comes to the power dynamics between men and women.
You can watch the whole thing here:
It really is a stunning speech, and it rightfully brought the house down.
“I want all the girls watching here and now to know that a new day is on the horizon,” Oprah said, “and when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom who are right here in this room tonight and some pretty phenomenal men fighting hard to be sure they are fighting hard to take us to the time when nobody has to say ‘me too’ again.”
A reasonable reaction to this would have been, “Oprah is a queen and did everything right. She used her significant voice to empower women and inspire the countless people at home who may not have thought they had the power to stand up for themselves. Wow, Oprah did a great thing. I can’t wait to keep watching her shows and supporting her causes and her products.”
An unreasonable reaction would be, “Oprah gave a good speech so now this billionaire talk show host should be President of the United States.” But that’s exactly what happened.
#Oprah2020 quickly took the reins of Twitter, and at first, it was hilarious. Yeah! Oprah should be president! Gayle should be vice president! Stedman should be whatever position Ivanka Trump has in the White House!
But no. People were serious. They earnestly want Oprah Winfrey to run for president.
And apparently, Oprah is actually seriously considering it.
Two of Oprah’s close friends told CNN that following her Golden Globes appearance, Oprah is “actively thinking” about running for president in 2020.
She’s deflected questions about running for office in the past, but apparently, things have now changed.
Even Meryl Streep wants Oprah to run for president. And when Meryl Streep thinks something, it usually comes to fruition.
Someone even went so far as to add Oprah to the Wikipedia entry for the Democratic party presidential nominees for 2020.
It’s getting out of hand. What many of us thought was a light-hearted joke has now become a real possibility.
And there are just so so many reasons why this is a bad idea. Ready? ‘Cuz I’m going to get into them right now…