Oprah Winfrey, the renowned talk show host, like many other A-list celebrities is known for her very liberal politics. She did campaign for President Obama after all and donate a significant amount of money to his campaign. But what she did recently at a college graduation commencement speech is pissing people off. Not in a good way. Especially given the political nature of her comments that were blatantly obvious in their intent. Perhaps she should instead go to the paid speech circuit like her friends former President Obama and the former Secretary of State and failed presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Perez Hilton reported the following on the ordeal
“Oprah Winfrey was the commencement speaker at the University of Southern California’s graduation ceremony for the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism on Friday afternoon, and in pure Oprah style, she did it larger than life — and with a very important message for new grads.
Speaking for more than twenty minutes to the USC crowd, Oprah touched on a lot of different things, but her focus on politics and living through this moment in our nation’s history — with a special reference to Michelle Obama — should probably be remembered for a while.
In that excerpt from the full speech (which you can watch on video, above), Winfrey said: “This moment in time, this is your time to rise. Even though you can’t go anywhere — you can’t stand in line at Starbucks, you can’t go to a party, you can’t go anywhere without everyone talking about how bad things are, how terrible it is … And this is what I know: The problem is everybody is meeting hysteria with more hysteria, and then we just are all becoming hysterical, and it’s getting worse … If they go low — thank you, Michelle Obama — we go to the polls.””
USA Today reported the following as well,
“Oprah Winfrey is urging 2018 graduates to “be the truth” and “exemplify honesty.” The media mogul passed on these words of wisdom and more during an impassioned commencement speech for the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism Friday, which took aim at fake news.
“Everything around us, including and in particular the Internet and social media, is now being used to erode trust in our institutions, enter fear in our elections and wreak havoc on our infrastructure,” she said. “It enables misinformation to run rampant, attention spans to run short and false stories from phony sites to run circles around major news outlets.” The good news, Winfrey said, is that upcoming leaders, like the graduates in the audience, have the power to change things.
“You will become the new editorial gate-keepers, an ambitious army of truth-seekers who will arm yourselves with the intelligence, with the insights and the facts necessary to strike down deceit,” she said. “You can answer false narratives with real information and you can set the record straight.””
Oprah is not the only one making speeches. Every year A-list celebrities, businessmen and women, entrepreneurs, and successful individuals in every field of work are asked to give speeches to the graduates of the current year. Some are controversial while others are not. But one thing in particular that always causes controversy each year is when celebrities are chosen to give speeches.
Commencement speeches are supposed to be helpful and joyful speeches that prepare the graduates for the world that is to come. Not opportunities for these celebrities to share their political opinions. Because at the end of the day the audience has hundreds of people in it with conservatives, liberals, and independents. Alienating people within the audience is not the point of the commencement speech. The purpose is to bring everyone together.
When we live in a world where entertainers and Hollywood elitists feel the need to always chime in on political issues anyways it makes it foolish to choose these people to give speeches. If they cannot get through an awards ceremony without talking politics or making their award win political why on earth would they get through a commencement speech without getting political? It is a shame that valuable money from the schools that could be going towards decreasing tuition for students who need the opportunity to be there is being wasted on people who give these terrible speeches. Not only should Oprah be ashamed of what she did the university should be as well.
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