OPRAH MAY RUN FOR PRESIDENT?
On the 7th of January, popular Oprah Winfrey became the first black woman to win the Cecil B. deMille Award at the Golden Globes.
Reactions following this have challenged her to make history in another way, by becoming the first female President of the United States.
It started as a joke, during his opening monologue, Golden Globes host, Seth Meyers claimed his goading of Donald Trump at the 2011 correspondent’s dinner convinced Mr Trump to run for the presidency.
“So, if that’s true”, Meyers said, “I just want to say: Oprah, you will never be president! You do not have what it takes.
“Now we just wait and see.”
However, towards the end of the ceremony, when Oprah Winfrey delivered her acceptance speech, many were moved to call for her to truly run for the high office.
Accepting her award for “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment,” Oprah Winfrey spoke passionately about race and sexism, and highlighted the work of men and women in tackling inequality in a number of industries.
The hashtag #Oprah2020 has since been used over 22,000 times on Twitter since the ceremony, while #OprahForPresident has been used over 7,000 times in the same period.
Twitter users praised the entertainment mogul’s presidential style and speculated on her plans to run for political office.
Referring to the closing lines of Ms Winfrey’s speech, in which she declared “a new day is on the horizon,” American actor and singer Leslie Odom Jr. tweeted “She’s running. A new day is on the way.”
Some detractors have since spoken against this move regarding it as hypocrisy against Trump.