Let’s make it clear that former talk show host and media mogul Oprah Winfrey has not been arrested on charges of sex trafficking, even though Twitter was lit up in the middle of the night with rampant rumors that suggested the opposite.
“Oprah” and “Oprah did what” were trending Tuesday night as people were anxious to find out what’s actually going on with the actress and businesswoman.
Winfrey has denied that she was arrested or that her home was raided amid these new claims.
Oprah Winfrey denied that she had been arrested or raided after she became one of Twitter’s top trending topics Tuesday night. https://t.co/lKaNVfL8zy
— NBC News (@NBCNews) March 18, 2020
Oprah tweeted out that no, this news of her arrest is actually fake. We tend to believe Oprah in this case.
“Just got a phone call that my name is trending. And being trolled for some awful FAKE thing. It’s NOT TRUE. Haven’t been raided, or arrested. Just sanitizing and self distancing with the rest of the world. Stay safe everybody.??”
Just got a phone call that my name is trending. And being trolled for some awful FAKE thing. It’s NOT TRUE. Haven’t been raided, or arrested. Just sanitizing and self distancing with the rest of the world. Stay safe everybody.🙏🏾
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) March 18, 2020
There were some on Twitter who were trying to stoke the flames, pointing out that she’s an acquaintance of disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, who recently began a lengthy term in prison after he was convicted of sexual assault and rape in a sensational trial.
When Kitty Kelley’s “unauthorized biography” about Oprah came out years ago, that also made false claims. For example, Kelley claimed that Oprah was sexually abused as a child. So activity like this isn’t entirely new territory for Oprah.
"NOT TRUE": Oprah Winfrey debunks bizarre QAnon conspiracy theory spreading across the Internet https://t.co/pLnoGMcdei
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) March 18, 2020
According to CNN, the whole situation was generated by QAnon, a group of people on the internet who apparently find it fun to push conspiracy theories as if we don’t already have a ton of stuff on our minds right now.
CNN adds that there is a Facebook group with a post about Winfrey’s house being cordoned off by red tape. That post has about 1,000 shares.
— ET Canada (@ETCanada) March 18, 2020
There’s also a YouTube livestream video that has nearly 50,000 views, which shows the house and its so-called red tape and police blockades.
It doesn’t stop there — yet another post on Twitter says Tom Hanks was arrested in Australia and charged with pedophilia. The actor and his wife, Rita Wilson, have indeed been in Australia, but have been fighting coronavirus instead. We wish them well.
The Twitter post states that other celebrities may be arrested too, but again, it’s all false.
Do the people sharing these posts actually have nothing better to do? If they’re quarantined somewhere, perhaps consider another activity that doesn’t cause unrest for everyone else.