What would you do if you opened your door to find Oprah THE Winfrey on your front porch asking you to vote on November 6?
Several Georgians got the surprise of a lifetime on Thursday after the media mogul put on her best walking shoes to campaign for Stacey Abrams, Georgia’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate.
With less than five days until Election Day Abrams faces her Republican opponent Brian Kemp, who also serves as Georgia’s Secretary of State. The high-stakes race has been riddled with controversy as Kemp faces voter suppression accusations.
If Abrams is elected she will become the first Black woman to hold the position. Friday marks the last day Georgia residents can vote early at the polls.
Oprah posted a video of her visiting a Marietta Georgia suburb, where she canvassed for Abrams during the crucial race to Tuesday. A woman named Denise enthusiastically responds when she sees who’s knocking at her door.
“I am shocked!” Denise says.
“I’m canvasing for Stacey Abrams. Are you voting for her?” Winfrey asks, to which Denise responds, “I absolutely am.”
“There you go, that was so easy. She has an early voting plan!” Winfrey says in response. Denise is all of us when she pulls out her camera to take a picture with Winfrey. “I’ve been waiting all my life to meet you!” she says.
Abrams later thanked Winfrey in an Instagram post.
Winfrey started the morning at an Abrams campaign event where she encouraged the crowd to use their voice in the poll booth.
“For anybody here who had an ancestor who did not have the right to vote and you are choosing not to vote wherever you are in this state, in this country, you are dishonoring your family,” she said. “You are disrespecting and disregarding their legacy, their suffering, and their dreams when you don’t vote. Honor your legacy. Honor your right to citizenship in this in which is the greatest country in the world.
Kemp tapped Vice President Mike Pence, who tried to come for Oprah during a Thursday rally but failed horribly.
“I heard Oprah’s in town today,” Pence said. “I’m kind of a big deal too and I’ve got a message, I’ve got a message for all of Stacey Abrams’ liberal Hollywood friends. This ain’t Hollywood. This is Georgia.”
Pence’s message shows a true lack of understanding about who Oprah Winfrey is, and how much she has contributed to the culture. Name another woman who was born poor in Mississippi to become a journalist, host, actress, entrepreneur and a billionaire. Not to mention her level of influence and how she uses her platform to lead and inspire. Something that our current leadership can take notes from.
Also isn’t it ironic that Pence doesn’t keep that same energy for the President? Celebrities are a staple at the White House sir. Please don’t make us pull up the receipts.