Senator Ted Cruz is calling out Oprah Winfrey for her ridiculous claims about white privilege during her new show, "The Oprah Conversation." He tweeted on Thursday morning that her comments were "utter, racist BS."
Winfrey said on her AppleTv show, "There are White people who are not as powerful as the system of White people -- the caste system that's been put in place. But they still, no matter where they are on the rung or the ladder of success, they still have their whiteness."
She added, "You still have your whiteness. That's what the term 'White privilege' is. It means that whiteness still gives you an advantage, no matter what."
"Billionaire Oprah lectures the rest of us," Cruz responded on Twitter, "What utter, racist BS."
Billionaire Oprah lectures the rest of us:
"You still have your whiteness. That's what the term 'white privilege' is. It means that whiteness still gives you an advantage, no matter.”
What utter, racist BS. https://t.co/02PADVJkrZ
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) August 5, 2020
Fox News reports:
Cruz was one of many to criticize the comments by the media mogul. Trump-supporting "Dilbert" cartoonist Scott Adams and others also weighed in.
But Cruz's tweet also received pushback, including from NPR TV critic Eric Deggans.
"The fact that some Black people have found success despite systemic disadvantage, doesn't mean the disadvantage doesn't exist," Deggans said. "I'd say those who succeed have a responsibility to point out problems they overcame.'
Winfrey's new show and Cruz's comments come as racial tensions have been growing in the U.S. for months since the death of George Floyd while in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department.
I saw many other people pushing back on Twitter as well. Here are some of their responses:
So @Oprah says all white people are subconsciously racist?
Guess she doesn’t understand that statement makes her the bigot.
— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) August 6, 2020
Oprah: How were you able to earn billions of dollars in a racist country? Apologize for your racist comments! @Oprah @seanhannity Oprah labeled a 'fraud' for calling out 'white privilege' since she's so rich https://t.co/Q6Zoq0SoZ5 via @nypost
— TheLeoTerrell (@TheLeoTerrell) August 5, 2020
Oprah Winfrey has a net worth of approximately 3 BILLION dollars !
She’s lecturing struggling white people about White Privilege !
— Leah Von Q 🇺🇸🏝🎸 (@LeahR77) August 5, 2020
Mega-Billionaire and media mogul Oprah Winfrey is now claiming that white people are stopping minorities from succeeding in life.
Please, lady, ZIP IT 🤐https://t.co/SPWCnlxeGD
— ✭ Wayne Dupree ✭ (@WayneDupreeShow) August 5, 2020
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