Golden Globe speech sets off Oprah 2020 talk

- 21.22

Oprah Winfrey's speech Sunday at the annual Golden Globes set tongues wagging with speculation about her possibly running for president in 2020.

In accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Beverly Hills Hilton, Winfrey cited civil rights activist Rosa Parks and Recy Taylor, a black Alabama woman who fought for justice after being gang-raped in 1944. Taylor died last month at the age of 97.

"For too long," the entertainment mogul said, "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."

The DeMille award is a lifetime achievement award recognizing those who have made a huge impact on the entertainment business, dating back to Walt Disney, Darryl F. Zanuck, Maurice Chevalier, and DeMille himself in the 1950s. Acclaimed actress Meryl Streep had won the award in 2017, and her speech challenged Donald Trump ("When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose," she said at one point) — prompting push-back from the president-elect himself.

In wrapping up her speech Sunday, Winfrey said, "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 they are the leaders to take us to the time where nobody has to say ‘me too’ again.”


Winfrey's speech was followed by a flurry of Twitter posts praising her, including some by people projecting a political future for her.

"She’s running. A new day is on the way," tweeted performer Leslie Odom Jr.

"OPRAH FOR PRESIDENT!!!! #Oprah2020," wrote Larry Wilmore.

"Oprah/Michelle 2020," tweeted comedian Sarah Silverman, echoed by John Stamos' "#Oprah2020 !!!"

Host Seth Meyers raised the topic as well, noting in his opening monologue that in 2011 he had mocked Donald Trump as the White House Correspondents' Dinner as someone who should or would never be president.

"In 2011, I told some jokes about our current president at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, jokes about how he was unqualified to be president," he said. "And some have said that night convinced him to run. And if that's true, I would just like to say Oprah you will never be President."


 

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