The 54-year-old British singer and songwriter, Seal, came under fire when he appeared to be criticizing Oprah on his Instagram account. It was posted shortly after Oprah's Golden Globes speech went viral.
The image in question was posted on January 10, 2018, and depicted Oprah kissing Harvey Weinstein on the cheek. 'When you have been part of the problem for decades, but suddenly they all think you are the solution,' was written over the image.
Fox News reported that Seal called Oprah Winfrey out for her hypocrisy, forcing Seal to take to social media again. He said on Facebook that his message was misunderstood, and told Fox News to 'back off.'
"I have an enormous amount of respect for everything that Oprah has achieved and contributed in her life. What I reposted was not an attack on Oprah at all."
Seal, Facebook, January 12, 2018.
Seal warned Fox News not to use him as a pawn, either against Oprah or in any of their political games, or to further their hate campaign. The point of his post was to expose 'the toxic nature of Hollywood,' he continued.
He said that he respects Oprah, and the post wasn't about her. She just happened to be 'photographed with the pig,' referring to Weinstein who was fired when it was revealed that he abused and raped several women in Hollywood.
The musician also thanked the survivors of rape and abuse who have stepped forward to share their stories. He commended them for their courage and asked them to continue the 'Me too' campaign.
Seal reminded his fans and viewers that none of the women who came forward had received any justice. He suggested a few new hashtags to use: 'We all knew,' 'tell the truth,' and 'accountability.'
A man who loses his job because he raped, sexually abused or harassed a woman has not received real punishment, he added.
Oprah's powerful Golden Globe speech reverberated across the country -- including in Washington, D.C., where lawmakers fielded questions Monday about a hypothetical 2020 run. pic.twitter.com/3hNWEMskzS— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 9, 2018
Barry Chambers congratulated Seal for setting the record straight, saying it is sad that he even had to explain himself, because of 'the Fake Media and once again it's Fox News.'
Lana Cotton wanted to know why he couldn't share this message without sharing harmful images of Oprah when he had no evidence that she even knew about Weinstein's misdeeds.
In the same vein, Fred_the_pomeranian said that Seal incriminated Oprah by posting her picture. He feels that Seal is simply 'backpedaling' because he received flack for his controversial post.