Media titan Oprah Winfrey has weighed in on a racist robo-call that uses her name in a ploy against Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, who is trying to become the state’s first black female governor.
“I heard people making racist robo-calls in my name against Stacey Abrams who I am 100 percent for in Georgia,” Winfrey said in a post on Instagram recorded as she wore a multicolored “vote” T-shirt and leaned on a treadmill. “I just want to say: Jesus don’t like ugly. And we know what to do about that. Vote.”
“This is the magical Negro Oprah Winfrey asking you to make my fellow Negress Stacey Abrams the governor of Georgia,” the robo-call begins, before spewing nearly 60 seconds of racism coupled with a dash of anti-Semitism. Georgians began hearing the call last week, according to the Hill newspaper.
The message also mocked what Winfrey has called one of her happiest moments in television:
“And so I promise that every single person who votes for Stacey Abrams, you’re going to get a new car! So you get a car! And you get a car! And you get a car! And you get a car! Everybody gets a car!”
The video was made by TheRoadToPower.com, an anti-Semitic video podcasting website that the Anti-Defamation League says “has zeroed in on divisive political campaigns across the country,” including two of the three races that feature a black candidate for governor. It’s unclear how many fake Oprah Winfrey robo-calls have been received.
Both sides have repudiated the racist message.
In a statement emailed to the Hill, Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp called the robo-call “vile,” “racist” and “absolutely disgusting.”
And Abrams’s campaign has called it a sign of “increasing desperation from many dark corners trying to steal the election.”