Oprah Would “Absolutely” Run for President, According to Stedman Graham
Oprah Winfrey’s rousing speech while accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2018 Golden Globes had celebrities and fans alike calling for the star to run for president in 2020, and according to her longtime partner, she’s not opposed to the idea. Stedman Graham told the Los Angeles Times that Oprah would be willing to enter the world of politics.
“It’s up to the people,” he said. “She would absolutely do it.”
Graham’s not the only one of Winfrey’s friends and confidants who supports the decision. At InStyle’s Golden Globes after-party, stars like Laura Dern, Jessica Chastain, Kathryn Hahn, and more agreed that they’d love to see Oprah on a presidential ticket.
“To say, ‘May there be no more me too’ was like profound. We’re going to make her run for president,” Dern told InStyle of Oprah’s powerful speech.
“That was so beyond, and it’s no joke why I feel like she should run for president,” Kathryn Hahn told InStyle. “It was the energy just coming off that screen. She’s an incredible speaker, and it felt like a seismic shift was happening. Already I feel like the tectonic plates are shifting, and that was just another huge [moment].”
“Why isn’t she running for president, for God’s sakes?” Ari Graynor joked. “Tell her Ari really wants her to run for president, like that will really help her cause, but do a hardcore push. It can’t hurt.”
Presidential prospects aside, almost every star agreed that Oprah’s speech was the moment of the night. “I thought her speech tonight was extraordinary. It was magical. It was the best example of black girl magic I’ve seen in a lifetime,” Kerry Washington told InStyle.
“It does feel like a very historic thing. Oprah captured it incredibly well. Yeah, it was powerful,” James Franco shared.
The woman of the night even spoke with InStyle, discussing the Time’s Up movement and its potential impact on both Hollywood and other industries. “How do we use this moment to elevate what is happening instead of continuing to victimize ourselves? I think that wearing black in solidarity is one step. I think that what Time's Up is doing with the Legal Defense Fund is a major step,” she said. “It was very important for all of us involved in Time's Up that it not just be about the women in Hollywood, because we’re already a privileged group. But to extend to the women of the world because as I said tonight, there isn’t a culture, a race, religion, politic, workplace that hasn’t been affected by it.”
“There are so many women who have endured so much and kept silent and kept going because there was no other recourse," she continued. "Now that we have all joined I feel like that is empowerment for the women who never had it.”
—With reporting by Brandi Fowler and Brianna Deutsch