Even Oprah is susceptible to cancel culture! Oprah Winfrey was executive-producing a #MeToo documentary about hip-hop icon and alleged rapist Russell Simmons. That was until fellow celebrities like 50 Cent and The Game publicly accused her of only targeting men of color when it came to focusing on #MeToo creeps. TMZ reports that Oprah has now suddenly excused herself from the project.
50 Cent and Russell Simmons are coming after Oprah Winfrey. Oprah is working on a #MeToo documentary for Apple+ coming next year, and in it she interviews one of the women who accused Russell of some gross sexual shit. Russell has been having some trouble with that in the last few years, if you forgot. Well 50 Cent and Russell did not take kindly to Oprah’s documentary and so got on social media to drag her for it.
Big congratulations are due to Aoki Lee, who at just 16 years of age, was accepted to Harvard, completely on her own academic merit, despite being surrounded by fraudsters and alleged criminals. And to think, we might have forgotten that her stepfather Tim Leissner pleaded guilty to money laundering for his part in stealing $1 billion from a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund while he was at Goldman Sachs, if her mom and dad, Kimora Lee Simmons and Russell Simmons, weren’t bragging up and down Instagram that their daughter got into Harvard without them having to pull any strings. Because I guess “we didn’t cheat!” is the new benchmark for pride in #thesetryingtimes.
You wouldn’t think Terry Crews would ever have to prove he’s the bigger man in any situation. I mean just look at the size of him! But he’s been doing it all the same, over and over again on Twitter by championing the cause of victims of sexual assault and tackling toxic masculinity head-on. I didn’t mean to make a sportsball reference, but since Terry used to play in the NFL, I’m going to let it stand. Ever since Terry filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against talent agent Adam Venit during the peak of the #metoo movement, some spectacularly ashy individuals have been coming at him from all directions, mocking him, and challenging his masculinity. And he’s fighting back.
Black women (nay, all of humanity) finally have the champion we need during #thesetryingtimes. Russell Simmons has just levitated down from a cloud in a seated lotus position and alighted upon his Instagram feed with words of wisdom and encouragement. Never has his voice been more welcomed, needed or essential to the #metoo movement. Out with the days of #notme, in with the days of #metoobutjustnotme
There’s an old Public Enemy song called Burn Hollywood Burn that comes to mind whenever I think about all of the sexual misconduct allegations taking place right now. Bill Cosby is currently on trial. Harvey Weinstein has a Soul Train line full of accusers ready to throw that ass in the clink. And Def Jam founder Russell Simmons has also been accused by quite a few women for the same crime. Now one of his accusers, filmmaker Jennifer Jarosik, has decided to drop her lawsuit against him.