“Kiss from a Rose” singer Seal is facing some backlash after criticizing Oprah for knowing about Harvey Weinstein‘s behavior and doing nothing about it until now. You’ll remember Oprah stole the show at last Sunday’s Golden Globes Awards after giving a passionate speech about girls and women gaining the strength and momentum to stand together against those who would seek to demean them, referencing the “Time’s Up” movement.
Well, not everyone responded with respect and admiration for Lady O. Seal took to his Instagram to put up a post that seemed to accuse her of knowing about Weinstein’s shameful behavior for some time but still associating with the now-disgraced movie mogul: “Oh I forgot, that’s right…..you’d heard the rumours but you had no idea he was actually serially assaulting young stary-eyed (sic) actresses who in turn had no idea what they were getting into. My bad. #SanctimoniousHollywood”
The image that accompanied his words was a meme that had two photos of Oprah with Weinstein with the caption: “When you have been part of the problem for decades, but suddenly they all think you are the solution.” The post quickly garnered clapbacks against Seal from the online public and even made its way onto news channels.
Now, Seal is trying to clarify what he said, releasing a video on his Facebook page saying he was not attacking Oprah, but merely calling out the toxic state of Hollywood. He also makes a point to fire back at anyone accusing him of dissing Oprah and questioning his “blackness.” You can watch the video below. ~Alexa Caruso