Hang on to your hats folks, we have a new tangent to the Coronavirus cosmic burp to add to our pages, and theories are being thrown around left right and center, so please remain seated while we tease apart this latest media fart. RM offers no conclusions regarding such serious implications, we only offer a review of the chaos for the readers.
Everyone is innocent until proven guilty and scandalous accusations can be damaging, so let’s review the web-o-sphere for any historical patterns to steer us toward sanity and safer grounds.
To begin with, Oprah vehemently denies the accusations that went viral on twitter.
What is Oprah referring to? Take your pick from facebook, twitter or youtube:
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Naysayers will ask, why has she not gone live and public to challenge the horrific allegations? Who manages her Twitter account anyway? These are fair questions, a live statement to the press would have more credibility than a Twitter statement.
Of interest is that Google searches regarding the claim date 3 or 4 days back and not 1 or two days back? There has been no follow up or subsequent interview to dispel the rumors or otherwise.
Let’s move it along…if one is to Google…‘Police statement regarding Oprah Winfrey arrest ?’, surprisingly there is no statement, which would be a helpful addition to the story..however what we do find is another lead..
Arrest Made in Abuse Case at Oprah Winfrey-Sponsored Academy for Girls in South Africa
In a statement posted Friday on the school’s Web site, Winfrey said: “I’d like to thank the South African Police Services for bringing this investigation at my Academy to a timely resolution.”
“I am grateful for their compassion and sensitivity to the girls during this difficult time. It means the world to me,” the talk show host said. “It is my deepest hope that the accused is brought to justice and that this serves as a reminder that any time a child has the courage to step forward, it is our duty as adults to listen and take immediate action.”
Winfrey opened her Leadership Academy for Girls outside Johannesburg on Jan. 2 ( 2012) , with celebrities like Tina Turner and Spike Lee in attendance, as well as former President Nelson Mandela.
The lavish $40 million schools were the fulfillment of a promise she made to Mandela six years ago and aims to give 152 girls from deprived backgrounds a quality education in a country where schools are struggling to overcome the legacy of apartheid.
In related coverage, we find this…from left field but connected to the South African College.
Oprah’s Lawyer to Address Human Sex Slave Trafficking in Lake County and Chicagoland January 10th at Gorton in Lake Forest
On Saturday morning, January 10, 2015, the Women’s Republican Club of Lake Forest-Lake Bluff will host Oprah Winfrey’s lawyer and long time Lake Forester, attorney Elizabeth Yore, who will speak on a little-known, but increasingly serious problem in Lake County: human sex-slave trafficking. Learn how to spot the signs of slavery and exploitation of women and children in our own backyard and how you can help local law enforcement address this issue.
Ms. Yore served as Special Counsel at Harpo, Inc. until 2012. In that position, she acted as Oprah Winfrey’s Child Advocate both with the Oprah Winfrey Show and in South Africa at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls.
Taking notes of the dates, 2012 and the charges relating to the College in 2015, it’s certainly odd the charges arose when the oversight was provided by such a high profile advocate against sex trafficking and connections to the FBI?
Newsweek offered this:
Ahead of its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, Winfrey dropped out as executive producer of the 2020 documentary, On the Record. Directors Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering had collaborated on a feature to expose sexual harassment in the music industry centered around hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons who was accused of rape and sexual assault.
In her statement, Winfrey stated,
“In my opinion, there is more work to be done on the film to illuminate the full scope of what the victims endured and it has become clear that the filmmakers and I are not aligned in that creative vision.”
Winfrey accused the On the Record filmmakers of “inconsistencies” with their documentary’s story, per Variety.
John Of God
On December 11, 2018, Brazilian faith healer, João Teixeira de Faria, also known as John of God, was accused as a serial sexual abuser. Several women came forward with testimony of Faria committing unwanted sexual advances during his healing sessions. The renowned medium had gained international recognition after Oprah Winfrey profiled Faria in 2010 and then interviewed him at his center back in 2012, per The New York Times.
Though video of her 2010 profile has been taken down from Youtube, Winfrey described Faria, “People around the world credit John of God and the spirits that work through him for many miraculous healings. He has also been misunderstood by some, persecuted by others and even accused of impropriety.”
Upon hearing about the allegations, which included rape, Winfrey issued a statement on December 17, 2018, “I empathize with the women now coming forward and hope justice is served,” per CNN.
On March 7, 2018, during Gwenyth Paltrow’s Goop Podcast, Winfrey claimed she had no knowledge of Weinstein’s alleged sexual misconduct. Weinstein had been accused of previous sexual harassment or assault by more than 60 women, according to CNN. Winfrey had previously worked with Weinstein, who was credited as executive producer on IMDB, on the 2013 drama, Lee Daniel’s The Butler.
Winfrey described her association with the convicted Hollywood producer, “Was I friendly with Harvey? Yes, I was friendly with Harvey. Was I in association with Harvey for the Butler movie? Yes, but of course I didn’t know any of this was going on.”
This is a tough call, with no live interview or statements from the Florida Police or FBI…we must leave it here, and wait to hear more from Oprah and the authorities.