On his daily Facebook Live podcast “The Ben Shapiro Show” Monday, host Ben Shapiro called it “ridiculous” that the leftist media are cheering Oprah Winfrey as the “point person” for the #MeToo movement for her speech at the 75th Golden Globe Awards over the weekend.
“I mean, the thing about speaking truth to power is that it would be good to do that when there’s actual risk involved,” remarked Ben Shapiro. “She [Oprah Winfrey] was the most powerful person in the media for the last 20 years. She did not say a thing about this happening in Hollywood – a thing – and now she’s being used as the point person on this. She’s the queen of bravery?”
Later in his show, Shapiro continued: “It’s like Roger Goodell saying he’s taking the lead on concussions. I keep using that because it’s the best example I can think of. It’s like the president of Penn State saying he’s taking the lead on child sexual abuse. Okay, you can’t do that. It’s just ridiculous.”
Shapiro’s comments came after Oprah Winfrey gave a speech upon receiving the Cecil B. deMille Award at the Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday.
Below is a transcript of Shapiro’s remarks from his podcast Monday:
Shapiro: “Concluding Oprah Winfrey’s masterful, stunningly mcbrave speech. I’m just going to keep using those words over and over because that’s what the media does. I mean, if I read you the headlines on Oprah.
“Now I’m going to be forced to read you the headlines on Oprah. Okay, I’m just going, like, right now in real time to Google News: “Oprah new exactly what she was doing on Sunday night,” CNN; HuffPo, “Oprah And Stedman Hint She’s Open To Presidential Run”; “Sources: Oprah Winfrey ‘actively thinking’ about running for president”; “Golden Globes 2018: How Oprah Saved the Night”; “Oprah 2020? Golden Globes host Seth Meyers jokes it may be in the cards”; “Oprah Winfrey Triumphs at black-draped Golden Globes”; “Oprah speaks out to young girls in Cecil B. deMille Award speech.”
“Just so much heroism, so much heroism speaking in a room full of other rich people who all are forced to agree with her by the news cycle about everything because if they don’t, then we’ll all accuse them of sexual abuse or being complicit in it.
“I mean, the thing about speaking truth to power is that it would be good to do that when there’s actual risk involved. She was the most powerful person in the media for the last 20 years. She did not say a thing about this happening in Hollywood – a thing – and now she’s being used as the point person on this. She’s the queen of bravery?
“It’s like Roger Goodell saying he’s taking the lead on concussions. I keep using that because it’s the best example I can think of. It’s like the president of Penn State saying he’s taking the lead on child sexual abuse. Okay, you can’t do that. It’s just ridiculous. It’s hypocritical and ridiculous.
“And again, I agree with everything she’s saying. I agree. But where was she six months ago? Okay, not even that long ago.
“This is the part that really drives me up a wall. So, she actually compares women who are being victimized in Hollywood to woman who was raped by six men, six white men, in 1944. Black woman raped in Alabama, and the guys were not prosecuted for it.
“Here is, here she is talking about it.”
Oprah: “In 1944, Recy Taylor was a young wife and a mother. She was just walking home from her church service she’d attended in Abbeville, Alabama when she was abducted by six armed, white men, raped and left blindfolded by the side of the road.
“For too long women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. Their time is up. And I just hope … .”
Shapiro: “Because she says so, their time is up.
Oprah: “… I just hope that Recy Taylor died knowing that her truth, like the truth of so many other women who were tormented in those years and even now tormented, goes marching on. It was somewhere in Rosa Parks’ heart almost 11 years later, when she made the decision to stay seated on that bus in Montgomery, and it’s here with every woman who chooses to say ‘Me Too’ and every man, every man who chooses to listen.”
Shapiro: “Oh, so much emotional. Lecture us, Hollywood. Lecture us on this. Right? Lecture us. Because it’s not like you are the scandal. Why don’t you—yeah, you lecture me, Oprah. Yeah, you lecture me.
“I wasn’t the one who was wining and dining with, you know, Harvey Weinstein five seconds ago. The hypocrisy of it just drives me up a wall.
“Look, I’m glad that Hollywood is finally owning up to the issue. But do I think there’s going to be any material change in Hollywood, by the way? No. I think this all is going to die down in six months, and things will go back right to what they were before because no one is naming names.
“Does Oprah have a rolodex? She knows all these guys. She got anything to say about any of them? A name? One? How about that?
“And the part that drives me up a wall here is the implication that America in 1944 is the same as America in 2018 with regard to allegations of rape, particularly cross, cross-racial rape.
“Okay, if a group of white men raped a black woman, not only would it be a front page story across the nation the president would sound off, every person in America would be calling for those guys to be strung up. How do I know? Because it was a national scandal when Al Sharpton claimed that Tawana Brawley falsely was raped by a bunch of white men. It was a national scandal when the Duke lacrosse guys were falsely accused to have raped Crystal Mangum, who was a black stripper in Duke.
“And when that actually happens, we want those guys to go away forever. To pretend that society now and that society then are in any way similar and that the “Me Too” movement is what changed that – guess what – the “Me Too” movement didn’t change that.
“Everyone was against rape— Everyone is still against rape. We were against rape, we are against rape, we will be against rape for my entire lifetime.
“And this pretend nonsense that 1944 is the same as now or that it requires the same kind of bravery. No one should compare Recy Taylor to Oprah Winfrey. Okay, nobody should be comparing Rosa Parks to Meryl Streep. If you are, you’re out of your mind – you’re out of your mind. And to compare America circa, Alabama circa 1944 with America circa 2018 in Hollywood, the repository of all the sexual abuse, is just vomitrocious. It’s just a bag of vomit.”