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Oprah Winfrey, one of America’s most beloved media moguls, has been praised for her ability to connect with people and promote positive change. However, her association with some of the most notorious figures in the entertainment industry has sparked a considerable amount of controversy and criticism. Some of the public figures Oprah has associated herself with include John of God, Jeffrey Epstein, and Harvey Weinstein. These associations have cast a shadow over her reputation as an advocate for the oppressed and an ally for women’s rights. With many accusations associated with these figures, Oprah’s judgment has been put into question.
John of God is a Brazilian spiritual leader who has been accused of sexually assaulting and raping a large number of women under the guise of spiritual healing. In 2010, Oprah invited John of God onto her show “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” She praised him for his supposed ability to heal people and called him a “true healer” as she introduced him to millions of her viewers. Oprah featured him on two more episodes of her TV show in 2013, and she even visited his spiritual retreat, Casa de Dom Inácio de Loyola, in Brazil, calling it an “experience of a lifetime.”
However, after years of these allegations coming to light, John of God was arrested in 2018 and sentenced to 63 years in prison for sexual assault, rape, and other charges. Critics point to Oprah’s interviews and promotion of John of God as a promotion of someone who has used his spiritual practice to assault and victimize women. The irony of Oprah’s reputation as a sympathetic ear to women who are survivors of abuse, contrasted with her support for a perpetrator of similar crimes, is not lost on many.
Similarly, Jeffrey Epstein was a wealthy financier with a remarkable circle of connections to some of the most influential individuals in the world. The extent of Epstein’s horrific activities came to light in 2019 when he was charged with trafficking underage girls for sex. It was alleged that Epstein had flown young girls into his private island, where he sexually assaulted them. An investigation revealed that he was allegedly connected to high-profile individuals, including world leaders, politicians, and celebrities.
Oprah had reportedly attended events at Epstein’s mansion in New York and was also seen on his private jet. In one interview speaking to NBC, Oprah admitted that she had been invited to Epstein’s New York home and had flown in his plane, however, refuted reports that she had visited his private island. Oprah went on to state that she was unaware of Epstein’s crimes, and she claimed that she was “never involved” in any illegal activity. Despite this, questions surrounding Oprah’s relationship with Epstein and her association are still emerging.