Seth McFarlane: Oprah Running For President Would Be "Troublingly Dystopian"

Oprah Winfrey has been at the centre of widespread speculation this week (following an impassioned speech at the Golden Globes) that she may run for President of the United States.

But while most people seem excited by the prospect, Seth MacFarlane thinks it would be "troublingly dystopian" to have the talk show host run against Donald Trump in the 2020 election.

Oprah for President in 2020? (Image: Konbini / Pexels)

Responding to the news, and the subsequent debate that has since ensued on Twitter, the Family Guy creator said: "Oprah is beyond doubt a magnificent orator."

"But the idea of a reality show star running against a talk show host is troublingly dystopian."

"We don't want to create a world where dedicated public service careers become undesirable and impractical in the face of raw celebrity," he added.

MacFarlane then got into a spat with a person who tried to call out the comedian by asking him if it was Oprah's on-screen fame that should disqualify her from a Presidential bid. "I don't think anyone is questioning the breadth of her accomplishments," he said:

"The observation is a more fundamental one: Will there still be room for the likes of Kamala Harris or Maggie Hassan in the political future we're creating, or only Tom Hanks?"

Trump has also weighed into the debate, insisting he would "beat" her if she did run for office, even claiming the race may be quite "a lot of fun." But he later added: "I don't think she's going to run."

Oprah made an impassioned call for "a brighter morning even in our darkest nights" at the awards ceremony this weekend which led to a loud public outreach for her to run for office.

As she became the first black woman to win the Cecil B. DeMille Award, she told the audience: "For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men, but their time is up."

"I want tonight to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue."

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