Seal Calls Out Oprah Ignoring Rumors On Harvey Weinstein
Following her inspirational Golden Globes speech, Seal lashed out at Oprah Winfrey, claiming she knew about the rumors surrounding Harvey Weinstein but did nothing.
On Sunday night, the talk show queen’s widely-applauded speech focused on the plight of sexually abused women and the ‘MeToo’ movement.
But the ‘Kiss From A Rose’ singer accused the media maven of being an example of ‘sanctimonious Hollywood’.
He took to Instagram Wednesday, sharing a shot of Oprah 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 singer Seal posted this meme with a pointed caption lashing out at Oprah Wednesday
Oprah’s inspirational speech while accepting the Cecil B. DeMille award focused on the plight of sex abuse victims, but Seal (right) said she ignored the rumors about Weinstein
Chummy: Oprah and Harvey Weinstein at the 19th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards at Barker Hangar on January, 2014 in Santa Monica, California
The singer, 54, took it one step further, captioning the meme that Oprah knew about the various sexual misconduct allegations against Weinstein, writing ‘You’d heard the rumours but you had no idea he was actually serially assaulting young stary-eyed actresses who in turn had no idea what they were getting into. My bad.’
For an added point he hash-tagged the post with ‘#SanctimoniousHollywood.’
It is still unclear if Seal could say with certainty that Oprah was aware of the varied claims against Weinstein that erupted into the public discourse in 2017 following bombshell reports that sent the producer fleeing Hollywood for a sex rehab in Arizona.
In the days following these reports, however, Oprah addressed the burgeoning allegations against him in an October Facebook post.
The media maven wrote at the time: ‘I’ve been processing the accounts of Harvey Weinstein’s hideous behavior and haven’t been able to find the words to articulate the magnitude of the situation,’ before sharing a quote from filmmaker James Schamus.
She thanked the victims that had come forward and prophetically added ‘I believe a shift is coming.’
Seal, pictured on Oprah’s show with his now ex-wife Heidi Klum in 2007
Oprah’s speech at the Globes speech was likened to a campaign speech, which in turn sparked new reports that the former talk show queen is eyeing a potential presidential run in 2020.
Seal, who was previously married to model Heidi Klum, had been on Oprah’s talk show. He was surprised by the then host who reunited him with a long lost sister in 2007.
The singer caught a good deal of backlash for his post, with many angered by Seal muddling Oprah’s speech.
Some questioned if Seal himself knew about the allegations against Weinstein.