Posted by Seal on Thursday, January 11, 2018
Singer Seal is well aware of the disses he took in response to the meme he reposted featuring Oprah Winfrey and Harvey Weinstein. And he’s not pleased about it. The performer took to Facebook Thursday, Jan. 11 to clear up the apparent misunderstanding and made some time to call out other naysayers, too.
“Let me start by saying that I have an enormous amount of respect for everything that Oprah has achieved and contributed in her life,” he says. “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,” he added, referring to Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual assault and rape by dozens of women. “No, what I reposted was commentary on the hypocritical and double-standard nature and behavior of Hollywood.”
Seal faced backlash Wednesday when he posted a meme featuring Oprah kissing Weinstein on the cheek and another image of the pair with a young star. It read, “When you have been part of the problem for decades, but suddenly they all think you are the solution.”
Many took it as an attack on O, who recently gave a moving speech about sexual harassment at the Golden Globes.
Yet the crooner didn’t stop there. He added that none of the men accused of sexual abuse have faced any real punishment.
“#RealTalk for a second, we all know what would happen to those power abusers if they looked like me.”
Seal also slammed a commenter who described him as an “Uncle Tom.”
“I repost — not create — but repost a meme that appeared on my social feed and now all of a sudden it’s a brother tearing down a sister issue?” he says. “Let me make something abundantly clear to you: I am English born. But don’t let that [sings] ‘Baby, kiss from a rose’ stuff twisted. See these scars on my face? My parents are from … Nigeria and I am about as Black as you will ever get.”
Finally, he took on Stacey Dash, who retweeted an article about his Instagram post writing, “Ouch, he does make a good point.”
“Keep my name out of your mouth,” Seal says. “Do not retweet, requote 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.”
Several of his fans backed up his new statements.
Yet others slammed him for backtracking.