Arthur J. Villasanta – Fourth Estate Contributor
Beverly Hills, CA, United States (4E) – The persistent buzz aimed at getting celebrity host and humanitarian Oprah Winfrey to run for U.S. President in 2020 has become a viral wave in the aftermath of her rousing “New Day” speech at the 74th Golden Globe Awards Sunday evening.
The hashtag #Oprah2020″ and “#Oprahforpresident” continued to trend on Twitter with friends, supports and fans of the 63 year-old philanthropist urging her to run. Stedman Graham, Winfrey’s long-time partner, said “It’s up to the people … She would absolutely do it.”
American actress Sarah Silverman posted “Oprah/Michelle 2020” in her tweet, referring to Winfrey as president and former First Lady Michelle Obama as vice-president.
Actor and singer Leslie Odom, Jr tweeted “She’s running. A new day is on the way.”
Oprah gave her inspiring acceptance speech after becoming the first African-American woman to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement. The award is bestowed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.”
Oprah, an ardent Democrat, has been a voluble and long-time supporter of the Democratic Party and its goals. She counts former president Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, as among her closest friends.
Oprah formerly said she isn’t interested in running for president. She reiterated this stand in October 2017 when asked about the 2020 presidential election.
“There will be no running for office of any kind for me,” she said.
The awards show, Hollywood’s first leading up to the Oscars, was dominated by the sexual harassment scandal and the #MeToo social media movement that sprang-up to counter that harassment. Most of the women stars (including Winfrey) and many of the men dressed in black to show solidarity with the #MeToo movement that raised awareness about sexual harassment in Hollywood and elsewhere.
The relentless wave of outrage at the sexual harassment of women has seen dozens of powerful men in U.S. entertainment, politics and the media accused of sexual abuse or harassment.
In her acceptance speech, Oprah praised the women who shared their stories of sexual harassment and abuse. She then declared that “a new day is on the horizon” for girls and women.
“I want all the girls watching here and now to know that a new day is on the horizon.” said Oprah.
“And when that new day finally dawns it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure they become leaders that take us to the time where nobody has to say ‘me too’ again,” said Oprah, referring to the #MeToo movement.
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