President 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.
via: Getty ImagesNot 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.
RT if you’re all for #Oprah2020! https://t.co/EPgznB7zkZ— TV ONE (@TV ONE)1515423566.0
And apparently, Oprah is actually seriously considering it.
JUST IN: Oprah Winfrey is actively thinking about running for President in 2020, two of her close friends tell CNN… https://t.co/MTOfbFs1hj— CNN (@CNN)1515424397.0
Someone even went so far as to add Oprah to the Wikipedia entry for the Democratic party presidential nominees for 2020.
WHO DID THIS https://t.co/9KxjsiHYts— Tyler Dinucci (@Tyler Dinucci)1515382146.0
First, we must imagine what the United States of America would look like under President Winfrey. Everyone would get a car!That may seem great, but think about the fossil fuel emissions. Also yeah, I know not everyone would get a car if Oprah was president, but this highlights an actual problem with a potential Oprah presidential run...
What does Oprah believe? She loves bread. That's all I know about her.I know she loves bread, and I know she likes to give away large objects, and that's about it. What are Oprah's political platforms? Is she pro-choice? She liked Obama, and she doesn't seem to like Donald Trump, but what's her stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? How does she plan to combat institutional poverty?
All politicians have skeletons in their closet, and here's the thing: So does Oprah.
via: Getty ImagesThe second she runs for president, the second someone else, another candidate, will try to destroy her. And because Oprah is seen as a goddess, put up on a pedestal as a mythical, infallible force, all this opponent would have to do to take her down is to reveal what she is: a human being.
And remember that time Oprah Winfrey destroyed author James Frey because she looked like an idiot for putting his discredited memoir on her book club list?
via: Getty ImagesYeah, it was messed up that James Frey lied about the details of A Million Little Pieces, but the warpath Oprah went on when she found out was also more than concerning.
A powerful person who lifts up or destroys people less powerful than her for her own personal gain? Hm. Reminds me of someone else.
via: Getty ImagesSure, on some level it's egregious to compare Oprah to Donald Trump. Let me be clear when I say that they are not the same and Donald Trump has done far more damage to this country than Oprah Winfrey has.