After last night’s poignant Golden Globes ceremony, which saw actresses wearing black to show solidarity with sexual assault victims who have made telling allegations against disgraced executive producer Harvey Weinstein, as well as in support of the #MeToo campaign, the internet is calling for Oprah to run for the presidency in 2020.
Along with the internet’s request, they’re also asking actor Tom Hanks to run as her Vice President.
The encouragement came after Golden Globes host, Seth Meyers, tried to use some reverse psychology on the two celebrities as bait to run for office in the next US Presidental election.
During his opening monologue, the former Saturday Night Live cast member and current Late Night host goaded the two Hollywood stars, jokingly I might add, into running for a seat in the White House.
His joke came after he admitted his verbal roasting of Donald Trump at the 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner was the straw which broke the camels back for Trump’s ego and was the catalyst for him running for the highest seat in US Government – so he tried a similar tactic on Hanks and Oprah.
During his monologue he said:
Some have said that night convinced [Trump] to run. So if that’s true, I just want to say, Oprah you will never be president. You do not have what it takes.
And Hanks, where’s Hanks? You will never be vice president. You are too mean and unrelatable.
Now we just wait and see.
As stated before, everything Meyer said was in jest, however, you couldn’t help feel there was a hint of hope in his monologue.
Furthermore, audiences watching at home seemed keen on the idea and took to Twitter to campaign for a possible Oprah/Hanks ballot in 2020:
Oprah for president and Tom Hanks for vp is my dream #GoldenGlobes2018
— Liv (@ORicketts) January 8, 2018
Ok, Seth Myers just called it: Oprah & Tom Hanks 2020!!! #GoldenGlobes
— Lorna M. Gilkey (@LollyGilkey) January 8, 2018
I can get onboard with Oprah/Hanks '20. Landslide.#GoldenGlobes
— Charlotte Clymer?️? (@cmclymer) January 8, 2018
Yup I'm down for a Oprah and Hanks 2020 let's do this!!!! #GoldenGlobes
— Alexis Torres (@atorres890) January 8, 2018
— Chris Bohjalian (@ChrisBohjalian) January 8, 2018
I am soo here for the Oprah Winfey/Tom Hanks ticket in 2020 #GoldenGlobes
— V-A-N-E-S-S-A (@NessaC215) January 8, 2018
While the night was filled with powerful speeches calling for a change in a male-driven industry, rife with sexual harassment and propelling female empowerment, the night truly belonged to Orpah Winfrey who was awarded the honorary Cecil B DeMille trophy – the first black woman to get the honour. She used her moment as a call to action.
In her speech she said:
I want all the girls watching here and now to know that a new day is on the horizon and when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say, ‘Me too’ again.
As well as being a powerful speech which called out the systematic abuse in the media and entertainment industry, as well as the racial discrimination disrupting the country and bolstering female empowerment, it had a very ‘stateswoman’ like feel.
In a time where the leader of the most powerful country in the world was born into a billionaire lifestyle, making his money and fame from real estate and reality TV, why can’t a woman , a self-made-billionaire-turned-philanthropist, who owns her own media company not run for the President?