Seal, a British singer, received significant backlash after putting the #MeToo movement on blast for being hypocritical. The campaign is against sexual assault and harassment in the entertainment industry. Seal used a meme on his Instagram of Oprah Winfrey with movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of sexually harassing and assaulting several women.
Some people assumed that Seal was putting Winfrey on blast for allegedly knowing about Weinstein’s actions. This came after Winfrey’s Golden Globes speech on Sunday, Jan.7. Winfrey praised those brave enough to speak out against those who abuse their power to gain sexual favors.
Now, Seal claims that he was not attacking the entertainment mogul. He took to Facebook to address the situation for the masses.
“I have an enormous amount of respect for everything that Oprah has achieved and contributed in her life,” Seal said.
“What I reposted was not an attack on Oprah at all. She just happened to be the person photographed with the pig in the picture. No, what I reposted was commentary on the hypocritical and double-standard nature and behavior of Hollywood,” he adds.
Seal also had a message for Fox News and Stacey Dash. He believed that the outlet and actress tried to use his comments as an insult to Winfrey.
Ouch, he does make a good point though. https://t.co/y40NrrdbJa
— Stacey Dash (@REALStaceyDash) January 11, 2018
“Fox News, don’t try and use me as a pawn against Oprah and in any of your political games. And Stacey Dash, keep my name out of your mouth,” Seal said.
“Do not retweet, re-quote anything I have said in order to reinforce your self-hating agenda. You live in the sunken place. Again, this was not an attack against Oprah. This was an observation of the toxic nature of Hollywood, and I believe that a conscious people are a progressive people,” he adds.
Also, Seal applauded the women who stepped up to discuss sexual harassment and assault in the entertainment industry.