- In a Facebook video on Thursday, singer Seal walked back his apparent accusation that Oprah knew of Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual misconduct and was “part of the problem for decades.”
- Seal said that an Instagram meme he reposted on Wednesday was “not an attack on Oprah,” but intended instead as a commentary on the “hypocritical” nature of Hollywood.
Seal clarified his intentions in posting a meme on Instagram Wednesday that appeared to accuse Oprah of being aware of Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual misconduct and “being part of the problem for decades.”
“What I reposted was not an attack on Oprah at all. She just happened to be photographed with the pig in the picture,” Seal said in a Facebook video on Thursday. “No, what I reposted was commentary on the hypocritical and double-standard nature and behavior of Hollywood.”
In the caption to his Instagram post on Wednesday, which featured pictures of Oprah with Weinstein, Seal wrote, “Oh I forgot, that’s right…..you’d heard the rumours but you had no idea he was actually serially assaulting young stary-eyed [sic] actresses who in turn had no idea what they were getting into. My bad. #SanctimoniousHollywood.”
The 54-year-old singer went on to discuss in his Facebook video how Hollywood’s alleged abusers have not faced “real punishment.”
“For those of us who support the Me Too movement, not one of the women who have been sexually abused, not one of the women who have come forward has received any real justice whatsoever,” Seal said. “Losing your job because you either A) raped, B) sexually abused, or even sexually harassed a woman is not real punishment.”
Seal also called out Fox News commenter Stacey Dash, who retweeted an article about Seal’s Instagram post.
“Stacey Dash, keep my name out of your mouth,” he said. “Do not retweet or re-quote anything I said in order to reinforce your self-hating agenda.”
Watch his video below: