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After claiming Oprah Winfrey knew about Harvey Weinstein, Seal scales down attack

While many people praised Oprah Winfrey following her acceptance speech at the Golden Globes Sunday, singer Seal said she was “part of the problem”. He later walked back on his stand.

hollywood Updated: Jan 12, 2018 12:10 IST
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Oprah Winfrey is being seen as a Presidential nominee in 2020.

British singer Seal scaled down his attack on Oprah Winfrey after claiming that the global celeb was aware of rumours surrounding Harvey Weinstein and did nothing. In a video clip he shared on Instagram and Facebook on Thursday, he claimed that he wasn’t targeting Oprah specifically, but the industry in general.

Seal had lashed out at media mogul Oprah Winfrey following her inspirational Golden Globes speech, claiming she is a hypocrite and “part of the problem for decades”.

The talk show host’s widely-applauded speech focussed on the plight of sexually abused women and the ‘MeToo’ movement. But the singer has accused the media maven of being an example of ‘sanctimonious Hollywood’, reports

In his Thursday video where he is seen looking directly into the camera, he said, “Let me start by saying that I have an enormous amount of respect for everything that Oprah has achieved and contributed in her life. What I reposted was not an attack on Oprah at all. She just happened to be the person photographed with the pig in the picture.”

The singer then insisted: ‘What I reposted was commentary on the hypocritical and double standard nature and behaviour of Hollywood.’

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Earlier, he took to Instagram sharing a shot of Winfrey with the disgraced producer at two events with a meme that read: “When you have been part of the problem for decades... but suddenly they all think you are the solution.”

The 54-year-old singer took it one step further, captioning the meme that Winfrey knew about the various sexual misconduct allegations against Weinstein. “You’d heard the rumours but you had no idea he was actually serially assaulting young starry-eyed actresses who in turn had no idea what they were getting into. My bad.”

For an added point, he hashtagged the post with ‘#SanctimoniousHollywood’.

Winfrey, who became the first black woman to receive the Cecil B. DeMille award at the Golden Globes, called for a world free of sexual abusers where nobody ever has to say ‘Me too’ again, saying “A new day is on the horizon.”

Best known as the host of her multiple award-winning talk show “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, which ended in 2011, Winfrey is also the founder of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa.

She is also known for her film projects like Selma, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks -- which will premiere in India on Star Movies Select HD on Saturday, The Princess and the Frog and Bee Movie.

First Published: Jan 12, 2018 11:40 IST