It seems like everyone is out to get talk show hosts right now. First Ellen and now Oprah?
Oprah Winfrey announced her new talk show, “The Oprah Conversation,” as well as the fact that her famous magazine “O” will be transitioning online. QAnon accounts on Twitter are interpreting this as a sign of weakness after sex trafficking rumours in March.
New TV Show: The Oprah Conversation
Winfrey announced today that her new show, “The Oprah Conversation,” filmed and produced remotely due to coronavirus, will be centered around exploring hard hitting issues impacting society today. Winfrey explains that she plans to “lead timely and intimate discussions with today’s foremost newsmakers, thought leaders and masters of their craft.” The show’s first episode is entitled “How To Be Anti-Racist” and features bestselling author Ibram X. Kendi. The Oprah Conversation will debut exclusively Apple TV+ Thursday July 30th, 4pm PDT.
O Magazine Going Online
Simultaneously to the new show announcement, “O, The Oprah Magazine” announced its plan to transition more online. “There will be some sort of print beyond the December 2020 issue but what it is exactly is still being worked out,” Carrie Carlson, Hearst Magazine public relations director commented. Winfrey stated that she is “proud of this team and what we have delivered to our readers over the past 20 years.” Lucy Kaylin, editor in chief of O Magazine, and Winfrey both agreed they were excited for the next phase of the magazine’s life.
The transition of the magazine’s publication was announced after Troy Young, former president of Hearst magazine, stepped down due to sexual harassment and toxic work environment allegations.
Disabling Comments Twitter Drama
Shortly after announcing her new show on Twitter, Winfrey disabled comments on her post, which seem to be cause for alarm and distrust amongst fans.
It’s time to bring humanity back to the conversation. Tune in to my new show #TheOprahConversation, where I’ll be joined by fascinating guests to have conversations that unite us—not divide us. Watch 7/30 on @AppleTV. pic.twitter.com/CJu7QLUIJW
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) July 27, 2020
Disabling comments on this post was especially alarming because her tweet talked about bringing “humanity back to the conversation,” which seems hard to do if you disable people from commenting. Luckily New York Magazine and HuffPost writer Yashar Ali explained that it was because she was getting a lot of attacks from QAnon accounts.
This is due to harsh replies, lies, and attacks from QAnon accounts
QAnon followers have falsely accused her of being a leader in a global sex trafficking ring
Since it was reported that she was ending print editions of her magazine they’ve seen that as a sign she’s going down https://t.co/tbkXx0mtDi
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) July 27, 2020
Breaking Down QAnon Winfrey Conspiracies
In March, Winfrey was accused of leading a global sex trafficking ring, as well as being under house arrest for child molestation. The rumor was started by QAnon, a right wing conspiracist with a small but loud following. QAnon typically targets successful celebrities, believing that a person can only achieve such success by doing morally terrible things along the way.
Winfrey was forced to defend herself on Twitter against the rumour that got out of hand.“It’s NOT TRUE. Haven’t been raided, or arrested. Just sanitizing and self-distancing with the rest of the world,” the Tweet read.
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. Just sanitizing and self distancing with the rest of the world. Stay safe everybody.🙏🏾
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) March 18, 2020
Why QAnons Attacked Today’s Tweet
QAnon accounts were jumping up and down excitedly about the announcement from O Magazine about shifting more online. “They’ve seen it as a sign she’s going down,” said Ali, and were quick to attack the talk show star in her Tweet. Luckily Winfrey was one step ahead of the problem and shut that down quickly- although it may not have been as quiet as she would have liked. QAnon accounts are still trying to cancel Winfrey, fully believing that she is involved with child molesting and/or sex trafficking.
so it's just a coincidence she was friends with Harvey Weinstein, John of God a serial rapist and child trafficker? It's the company she keeps. And now you are with them… people who rape and murder children.
WE SEE = too late to put back in the box, no matter how hard you try.
— Jam (@cazbit138) July 27, 2020
Many fans seem to see through the conspiracies and are tired of them ruining people’s lives.
These people have too much time on their hands. Even before the quarantine. They need to stop harassing people and look at their beloved Trump who has multiple allegations and lawsuits against him for sexual assault.
— Stef (@_steffieweffie_) July 27, 2020
Those people are nuts… and they're not going away. We will have sitting members of congress / senate who are QAnon nutjobs in the near future.
— bonnie blue ♀ (@BonnieblueBlue) July 27, 2020
It doesn’t look like the QAnon accounts are going away anytime soon, and we can only hope their conspiracy theories are simply theories and don’t hold any truth.