Many years ago, the very possibility of an American daytime television personality, reality television star or movie star becoming any sort of elected official was asinine and almost unheard of. A celebrity holding any public office seemed more like the plot of a movie than a reality that some Americans would have to live in.

 

That generally held belief most notably changed in 1967, when esteemed actor and Screen Actors Guild president Ronald Reagan was elected Governor of California. Following eight years of governorship, Reagan was elected 40th President of The United States in 1981 and became one of the most revered politicians in history, especially to the modern Republican party.

 

Since Reagan’s presidency, many other popular individuals from fields other than politics have held public office, including professional wrestler Jesse “The Body” Ventura — who became  the 38th governor of Minnesota — as well as, comedian and “Saturday Night Live” (SNL) cast member Al Franken who became Senator for the same state (although he has recently stepped down due to a sexual misconduct scandal).

 

With all due respect to President Reagan and his legacy, the 21st century example of a famous personality to hold a powerful public office was New York real estate mogul who made appearances in episodes of World Wrestling Entertainment, as well as a cameo in the Christmas classic “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York,” Donald Trump.

 

On SNL last May, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson humorously announced his candidacy but later denied it, while Kanye West actually announced his intentions before Trump was even elected, way back at the 2015 Video Music Awards. Since then, and following the election of Donald Trump, the consensus has become that those who are famous through television or Hollywood, have just as much of a chance to become either President or lead a powerful office.

 

After the Golden Globes last week, the internet is abuzz with presidential candidacy rumors following the acceptance speech of the much deserved recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille award, Oprah Winfrey.

 

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Due to her larger than life and legendary reputation in both daytime television and groundbreaking journalism, Oprah has been a celebrity that the general population in the United States have shared their enthusiasm to see run for office. Until recently, she has denied any allegations of starting a campaign. However, after the presidential victory of the former host of “The Apprentice”, it appears that she is no longer denying the rumors.

 

During a speech that many have described as “electrifying”,  Oprah addressed issues in Hollywood as well as those that have proliferated across the American society today. She spoke on the stories of sexual misconduct levied against some of the most prominent members of society, hostility towards the press, racial and gender-based injustices, and the growing “#MeToo” and “Time’s Up” movements.

 

Evidence based on polling surveys illustrate that Oprah has a considerable edge over Trump. According to The Hill, “Winfrey beat Trump by 10 percentage points, 48-38”, with an especially significant lead and approval rating among whites, non-college educated and suburban women — demographic groups where Hillary Clinton’s approval ratings did not fare too well. Given her iconic status in the African American community, Oprah would theoretically have a large turnout among black voters, a demographic proven to be vital in the recent Virginia gubernatorial and Alabama Senate elections.

 

Given her overwhelming support among Liberals and those that vote Democrat, along with general political instability of the current American landscape, Oprah Winfrey could potentially become a Democratic presidential candidate in 2020, leading to the ultimate showdown between television stars.

 

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