Conservative author Mark Steyn points out how powerful Oprah Winfrey is at turning a cause that was really meant to support women facing sexual harassment in the workplace to also supporting racial disparities in America and her own, possibly political, agenda reports Fox News.
First, Steyn did have to give credit where credit was due when talking about how masterful Oprah is at giving speeches and being able to be a great orator that can convince just about everyone to come to her side.
Steyn said that she was “the least idiotic person at that awards ceremony last night.”
“She was crafty and cunning in the way she tied her personal story to this #MeToo business,” he said.
He said speeches like Winfrey’s made him feel bad for Harvey Weinstein’s alleged victims, in the way he felt bad for those “that had been sexually abused [in England] by these Muslim grooming gangs, while opportunist activists and politicians turned the scandal into a way to advance themselves.”
That was Steyn’s main criticism about the event, that these actors and celebrities, while seeming to care about the struggles of all women, really took this cause as a chance to further their own goody-liberal-i’m-so-morally-righteous agenda with their base.
He said Winfrey “appropriated [#MeToo] to herself… at a skill level that’s way beyond [other activist actresses like] Meryl Streep or any of those other ladies.”
He also brings to light how easily Oprah seemed to change the subject from women being abused to racial injustice in America. She skillfully brings into her speech Sidney Poitier, the first black actor to win the academy award for best actor, and also bringing up the story of Recy Taylor, a young wife who was raped by six white men in Alabama.
All of these events seeming to be disconnected, but Oprah connects them nevertheless and then lets the end of her speech to turn back to the women to say, “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 that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say ‘Me too’ again.”
With all this talk about creating the next “leaders,” sounds a little like the beginning of a political campaign, doesn’t it?