Oprah is under fire for declaring that white people are innately privileged no matter their socio-economic status because they’re… white. Critics clapped back at the tv mogul, who made billions off predominantly white audiences, for being a hypocrite.
On the latest episode of AppleTV+ series The Oprah Conversation, which is produced by a company she OWNs, Winfrey and NFL star Emmanuel Acho coaxed “woke” white guests into admitting their own racism.
Oprah goaded one guest, a self-proclaimed liberal named Seth, to admit that he was racist. “You’ve become woke during this period, and realized in that awakening that you are racist, right?” She pointedly asked. “I just want to know how that happened.”
He dizzily philosophized that since he never actively challenged racism, he must innately be racist himself. “I realized I either was a racist or an anti-racist, and I wasn’t – I’m not – an anti-racist.”
When another guest brought up that “Not all white people have power. There’s plenty of poor, working-class white people,” Winfrey responded, “No matter where they are on the rung or ladder of success, they still have their whiteness.”
She went on to proclaim white people have a leg up in society: “That’s what the term ‘white privilege’ is. It means that whiteness still gives you an advantage.”
Which is rich, considering that Oprah is insanely rich. The television network owner and publisher has a personal net worth of 2.6 billion.
Critics were quick to callout that Winfrey herself is the embodiment of privilege. Take a look at the most notable shots fired:
Senator Ted Cruz was quick to call Winfrey’s remarks “racist BS.
Billionaire Oprah lectures the rest of us:
"You still have your whiteness. That's what the term 'white privilege' is. It means that whiteness still gives you an advantage, no matter.”
What utter, racist BS. https://t.co/02PADVJkrZ
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) August 5, 2020
JT Lewis, an activist for gun rights, asked how Oprah could make billions “if America is so racist?”
Conservative podcaster Wayne Dupree called out Winfrey for “Shaming white people for all their “easy success” in life.”
Billionaire Oprah is now shaming white people for all their "easy success" in life ??♂️https://t.co/vQrgY7VzcT
— Wayne Dupree Media, LLC (@WayneDupreeShow) August 5, 2020
Conservative radio host Todd Starnes snarked that he prays for America to become a country where “Someone like Oprah will be able to become a billionaire.”
I pray for the day that America becomes a nation where someone like Oprah will be able to become a billionaire.
— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) August 5, 2020
Chris Stigall, a radio personality, labeled Oprah as a “fraud.”
Said the billionaire made a billionaire by her overwhelmingly white audience. What a fraud. https://t.co/aNoUrga6SP
— Chris Stigall (@ChrisStigall) August 5, 2020
A republican primary candidate called Winfrey “The personification of white privilege.”
And now why is Oprah, maybe the richest black woman in the world, trying to shame white people as privileged? Miss Winfrey, you are the personification of WHITE PRIVILEGE!
— Irene Armendariz-Jackson (@ArmendarizDis16) August 4, 2020
Comedian Tim Young wondered why he’s not worth more than Oprah with the advantage of his whiteness.
Wait… so how am I not worth more than Oprah if my whiteness gives me an advantage? https://t.co/mofqHew4GU
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) August 4, 2020
Political talk show host Jesse Peterson jabbed: “Hating White people is very lucrative. Ask Oprah.”
Hating White people is very lucrative.
Ask Oprah.. https://t.co/4BTfmVKkwU
— Jesse Lee Peterson (@JLPtalk) August 4, 2020
With Friends Like These…
Others were quick to remind us about the kind of company Oprah keeps.
— ROBBY (@ALT__BOY) August 5, 2020
And this picture shows that we shouldn’t forget.
— Debbie (@MsDianaFrances) August 5, 2020