Oprah Winfrey and Celebrity Influence in Politics

Oprah Winfrey and Celebrity Influence in Politics

by Cordell Wilson

At this years Golden Globes, while receiving the Cecil B. Demille award, Oprah Winfrey delivered an empowering speech that resonated with many Americans, but spoke especially to the women involved in the empowering “Me Too” movement that is sweeping the nation.

Oprah said to the audience, “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.” These gripping sentiments rang true to many Americans who believe that the people in charge of this country aren’t sufficiently protecting their rights and defending their beliefs.

This inspiring speech went viral, and with it, an onslaught of cries pleading Oprah to run for president. These calls for Oprah Winfrey to take a run at president prompted many to ask ourselves, what does it really take to run for president?

If the 2016 presidential election showed us anything, it made clear that the answer to that question is not that much. If Donald Trump could win an election based on fame and fortune, then why not Oprah, a billionaire activist, humanitarian, and reality TV personality?

According to the Washington Post, GOP consultant Ana Navarro says of the question, “Are we really asking ourselves whether a political neophyte, billionaire, media-savvy TV star can become president? America answered that already,” she said. “I don’t know how much she knows about foreign policy or some domestic policy issues. But…it’s not like she’d be running against Churchill. She’d be running against Trump.”

The election of Donald Trump has inspired many celebrities to consider presidential candidacy. Rolling Stone said that at the 2015 MTV music awards Kanye West stated that, “… I have decided in 2020 to run for president.” Just this past December Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was on the Ellen Show and claimed that he was “seriously considering” the idea of running for president in 2020 (Rolling Stone) 

This new wave of celebrity influence in politics is and will continue to be a widely discussed topic, and definitely will play a part in the 2020 presidential election, whether or not Oprah runs.

 

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