Oprah Winfrey Explains Controversial Post-Election Tweet
Two days after Donald Trump defeated Democrat opponent Hilary Clinton for the presidential seat, Oprah Winfrey went ahead and tweeted a photo of Barack Obama and Donald Trump together. She captioned the photo in words that seemed to sort of throw shade at the president-elect alongside with the hashtag #HopeLives. This caused a huge uproar and Winfrey was roundly and brutally criticized by Trump supporters.
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) November 10, 2016
Oprah explains her tension before and during the elections
Winfrey has recently addressed the issue and explained that the tweet was not meant to be a critique of Trump or any of his policies. In an interview broadcast live on Facebook, Winfrey clarified that the tweet was specifically meant for her as she had found the election period very intense. “I couldn’t breathe after the election” she said. Winfrey went ahead to explain her expectations after the election which she termed as “Tension, awkwardness and strain”. Seeing Trump and Obama together made her feel more relaxed and she decided to take the photo that showed the two together. The headline read that the President-elect was glad to be meeting Obama. “President Obama was amazing and Trump said, “He is good man, I am going to seek his counsel from time to time”.
She explained how this gave her hope and made her feel like she could take it easy for everything was in control. Winfrey admitted to have phrased her tweet in the wrong way, acknowledging the fact that not everybody felt that way about having Trump as President. This was perhaps what infuriated some of the Trump supporters and caused the uproar. “This was a mistake and I know know that I cannot just go around talking about everybody in certain ways”,she said. She went on to say that she could see how her woulds could be flipped around and acknowledged that more thought should have gone into that tweet.
A call for civility
She added that the appropriate hash tag she should have used is #CivilityLives because according to her, the civility of the incident went beyond her expectations. The renowned talk show host has before spoken out against Trump in the past going to the extent of even comparing him to a ‘demagogue’. Winfrey was clear on what her tweet was all about and emphasized on what her intentions were. from the very beginning.
What do you make of Oprah’s controversial tweet? Share your thoughts in the comments!
More in Trending
Indonesian Slum Transformed into Rainbow Wonderland Through Paint
A splash of color has changed the slums of Indonesia’s Kampung Pelangi village into a Rainbow Village — and burgeoning tourist attraction. The...Jun 3, 2017
Chemical Attack Victim, Kassem Eid Slams CNN Anchor
Kassem Eid was among the survivors of 2013 chemical attack in Syria, which is popularly known as the Ghouta chemical attack...Apr 10, 2017
Emma Stone Can’t Make It to Prom
Jacob Staudenmeier, a student from Arizona, has made an epic prom-posal to Oscar award winner Emma Stone. The prom-posal dubbed by...Apr 8, 2017
‘I Am Heath Ledger’ Documentray Trailer Is Out Now
“He wanted fame. And then when he got it, he didn’t want it”. These were the words of filmmaker Matt Amato...Apr 6, 2017
Pepsi’s New Ad Featuring Kendall Jenner Faces Backlash On Social Media
The latest ad of Kendall Jenner for Pepsi may have just conveyed a wrong message for viewers. On Tuesday, April 4, the...Apr 5, 2017
Teen Accepted by 8 Ivy League Colleges
Ifeoma White-Thorpe has yet to decide which Ivy League school will she go to. After learning about the eighth acceptance letter,...Apr 5, 2017
Snakes on a Plane? How About in Your Car?
A Florida woman nearly wrecked her car when a snake slithered through her air conditioning vent in her car. Earlier this...Mar 18, 2017
Escaped Pet Cobra Terrifies Florida Town
Ocala, Florida was almost shut down today as people looked for an escaped pet cobra. The pet snake is a monocled...Mar 16, 2017
A Cinematic Beauty and the Beast of a PR Problem
Many are aware that the new remake of Disney’s animated classic, Beauty and the Beast is returning to the big screen. Only...Mar 15, 2017