Oprah faces backlash after comments regarding movements’ lack of leadership

Women in the World Conference 2013; 4/5/2013

In what looks to be a case of a disconnect between generations, media mogul Oprah Winfrey is coming under fire from a number of hip-hop artists and activists for comments made about a lack of “leadership” among today’s youth.

While promoting the movie, Selma, in an interview with People magazine, Winfrey seemed to simultaneously compliment and devalue recent movements such as #BlackLivesMatter and #MillionsMarch by suggesting they were nice gestures but lacked leadership and are not sustainable:

I think it’s wonderful to march and to protest and it’s wonderful to see all across the country, people doing it. But what I’m looking for is some kind of leadership to come out of this to say, ‘This is what we want. This is what we want. This is what has to change, and these are the steps that we need to take to make these changes, and this is what we’re willing to do to get it.

It wasn’t long before scores of people involved with the aforementioned movements and others like it gave their opinions of Oprah’s remarks on Twitter.

Check out a few responses after the cut.


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