Reasons We Don't Need Oprah as President


On Sunday, January 7th, the Golden Globes were taken over by White feminist celebrities who thought the most radical thing they would do in their rich lives would be to wear Black on a red carpet where they usually do. The message was women's equity. All I'm going to say is that it was such poor execution, especially when they brought in all the colored women activists as accessories on the red carpet.

To digress, entrepreneur and bread-lover, Oprah Winfrey, became the first Black woman to receive the Cecil B. Demille Lifetime Achievement awardon Sunday. Everyone should know that before I read Oprah for lack of need to be president, I love Oprah's story and resilience. She came up in White America and turned it out. She is one of the most powerful beings in the United States. I love that. That's something I want for all our Black and Brown girls to look up to and say, "yes, I can be the next Oprah." However, that does not constitute her as a fit president. 

After giving a heartfelt speech on her acceptance, the Black Twitter masses lost their mind and decided Oprah would be a great fit as president. In the words of Rosa Parks, "NAH." Here's why:

1. She's Rich

As a broke ass bitch who has lived through 5 presidents, I think it's safe to say that no matter what skin color, the rich are going to work in favor of the rich. We have never seen Oprah speak up about the taxes being inflicted on the poor and how the upper 1% benefits, or even someone like her with a 2.8 BILLION dollar net worth, benefits from the lack of tax. 

Let me also remind you that Oprah gave her audience free cars a while back. It sounded good and heavenly until most of them got repossessed because they couldn't pay the taxes on it. Again, Oprah can't relate to taxes. She really is so far removed from a lifestyle like mines that she can't relate to anything I go through. 

2. Her "Feminist" Questionability

One of the biggest things that attracted my interest to Oprah in adolescence was knowing that Oprah, like myself, was a rape victim. It was actually one of the things that she prided herself on. Knowing that the experience did not define her. It only made her stronger. However, my view on her as a "feminist icon" was questioned back in 2010 with her controversy with Mo'Nique. 

Around that time, the film Precious had just came out and Mo'Nique had gained high celebrity for her win at the Oscars. Oprah invited Mo'Nique's rapist, her brother, on the show where he publicly apologized. This was both messy and problematic. Not only was this an embarrassment for Mo'Nique, but Oprah also went against Mo's wishes by bringing him on. Oprah, baby, we respect the right to not showcase people's abusers. As a rape victim, I thought Oprah should have known better. She put ratings and money over morals, integrity and womanhood.

She also always fails to acknowledge that it's not just cis women who need rights and protection. Trans women are women. Period. 

3. She has endorsed TOO many shams

From Dr. Phil to Dr. Oz, she has endorsed too many problematic people. The Dr. Oz show gives us like 101 faulty weight-loss solutions that will end up killing us by the third dose. Dr. Phil produces the likes of Danielle Bregoli, better known as, the Cash Me Ousside girl. We can thank Oprah for every dollar put towards this ignorance.

4. She Gives a Platform to Tyler Perry

Besides his terrible movies, Tyler Perry is homophobic, transphobic and misogynistic. He's just as bad as the likes of White-Feminist icons, Lena Dunham or Amy Schumer. In almost every one of his screenplays, he reinforces colorism in Black womanhood. They are always pitting the dark-skinned women against the light-skinned women. In the end, the dark-skinned women always get the short end of the stick somehow. Mad Black WomanThe Have and Have-Nots, and other creations by him display this. 

In his For Colored Girls storyline, he wrote Janet's onscreen husband as a DL man responsible for infecting her with AIDS. He constantly uses gay men in his movies/plays as objects of scorn, displaying them as overly flamboyant punch lines and objects of revenge. Let's not forget that his portrayal as Madea is really how he sees Black women. Women who are overly aggressive and have to resort to violence when they can't have their way. Tragic. 

5. Is she really willing to give up everything?

All I'm going to say is "capitalism" and show you all a hilarious-yet-realistic tweet.

In closing, I need to remind everyone that I do not hate Oprah. However, I don't stan her either. We need to openly acknowledge that we can overall appreciate someone, but not think that they are fit to govern us. You can love Oprah's celebrity and not want her as president.

Rasheed Davis