Oprah Swears She Hasn't Been "Raided or Arrested" Following Her Rise to Twitter's Trending Topics
"Haven’t been raided, or arrested."
When you're a trending topic on Twitter, people tend to assume things about you. Perhaps you shared something unsavory. Maybe you've even been canceled – or even worse, you could have passed away.
When Oprah Winfrey topped Twitter's trending topics on Tuesday night (March 17), that's exactly what people assumed. Oprah must have had something happen to her, after all, to begin trending, right? According to Oprah herself, none of that actually happened.
She took to Twitter early on Wednesday morning (March 18) with a little clarification.
"Just got a phone call that my name is trending. And being trolled for some awful FAKE thing. It’s NOT TRUE. Haven’t been raided, or arrested," she wrote. "Just sanitizing and self distancing with the rest of the world. Stay safe everybody.”
Oprah had actually begun trending as part of what apparently began as light-hearted trolling where participants joked about what she had "done" to get her name so far up on the list of trending topics. "Oprah" and "OPRAH DID WHAT" ended up topping the list, with users rattling off bizarre reasons for the media mogul to have appeared on it.
It's incredibly easy to get misinformation from the social media platform, especially if a large group of people decide to participate in large-scale trolling like this one. Oprah took it upon herself to make sure anyone who could have misunderstood what had happened to her was given the correct information, though. For many individuals who begin trending, it can be difficult to quash any rumors or odd claims that begin circulating about said person.
So, there you have it – if you hopped on Twitter and saw Oprah's name everywhere you looked, there actually wasn't any cause for alarm. She's not going anywhere for the time being (thankfully!) and nothing has happened. We can all go back to our regularly scheduled programming now.