No, Oprah Winfrey was not arrested for sex trafficking, that’s a QAnon lie

Oprah Winfrey speaks at her 2020 Vision Your Life In Focus Tour

I’m all for people amusing themselves on social media during our new normal, quarantines and isolations. I’ve enjoyed looking at Quarantine Cats and Coronavirus Doggos too, and I continue to love how so many cats cannot handle the fact that their human friends are home all day, every day. What I don’t enjoy, however, is when the lunatics of QAnon make up a story about Oprah Winfrey being arrested for sex trafficking. WTF.

Media mogul Oprah Winfrey has debunked a conspiracy theory that she had been detained on sex trafficking charges and her home had been raided by police. A fake report went viral saying that she had been arrested at her home in Boca Raton, Florida, pushing her name to the top of Twitter’s trending topics for several hours on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

After the 66-year-old was informed she was the subject of the false reports, she used her verified Twitter account to refute the bogus claims.

“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,” she tweeted.

The false report was also accompanied by a video in which a purported news reporter said that her house had been cordoned off by authorities and was being excavated for underground tunnels. The fabricated report also implicated other celebrities such as Celine Dion, Madonna, Charles Barkley and Kevin Spacey. The Daily Mail and CNN reported that the bogus story had been started by the far-right group QAnon, which is known for spreading wild conspiracy theories.

[From Newsweek]

So… I looked up some of the trending tweets and I am SO bothered. Like, the QAnon sh-t is just flat-out crazy, but it has such a Russian-bot edge to it, I can’t help but think that some of that stuff is being amplified by “pranksters.” But then there’s a whole other side to it – people who are still mad at Oprah for her work on telling the stories of Michael Jackson’s victims and R.Kelly’s victims. Those people want to destroy Oprah and call her a “sex trafficker” because… she thinks legitimate victims of abuse should be able to tell their stories. That bothers me a lot more.

Oprah Winfrey on stage during her ’Your Path Made Clear' tour

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  1. Alexandrajane says:

    Ugh what filth for such a radient person who’s done so much good

  2. FrenchGirl says:

    Blame CDAN. This site is full of s**t fake blinds on Huma friend with drug dealer wife. Hilary Clinton killing people. Spielberg pedophile. A famous DJ killing by a country because he was The witness of a rape

    • Otaku fairy says:

      Yup. Louder for the people in the back. It’s a truth people don’t want to hear- that there may be something wrong (and not to mention less than ethical) about spreading sexual abuse rumors about people they don’t know. Folks are so entitled that they’re not only prepared to shoot any messenger saying, “This shit is dangerous”, but prepared to do the same if one of the subjects of those rumors says, “That didn’t happen to me”, which is the scary part. And it probably doesn’t have to be spelled out which group of people is more likely to be on the receiving end of that part, especially if there are other problems with them.

    • Emilia says:

      Cdan definitely helps amplify the crazy but it’s not the originator. Pretty sure quanon developed out of that pizza gate conspiracy that tried to claim Hilary Clinton was running a sex trafficking ring out of a pizza shop. They’ve been trying to get many prominent Hollywood types accused of sex trafficking for a while now, Oprah, Tom Hanks, Speilberg, Deniro. Basically anyone who is a liberal celebrity is at risk. This is far bigger than cdan and unfortunately seems to be going more mainstream lately.

      • Oy vey says:

        Yes. And Spielberg’s daughter coming out saying that she was groomed and sexually abused as a child didn’t help…CDAN commenters say Spielberg or one of his hollywood associates and they are all connected in a trafficking conspiracy. Again, dont shoot the messenger

  3. adastraperaspera says:

    Look for many more cyber attacks, bot swarms and disinformation from domestic terrorist groups (yes, I think QAnon falls in that category) and hostile foreign powers. They are all going to increase attacks as the pandemic unfolds. Push back on this in any way you can. Don’t amplify.

  4. TitusPullo says:

    Y’all, I can’t even begin to describe how dangerous QAnon is. I know someone who DEEPLY believes – she has a PhD and her husband is a high ranking military doctor- and watching the descent has been terrifying. She calls mass shootings “hoax movies set up by the dems,” believes there is a giant network of pedophiles run by Hilary Clinton, and that the adrenal (?) secretions of those children is being harvested by the evil dems, everyone is going to Gitmo, and that Trump is literally Jesus sent her to save us all. She is extremely religious (like currently getting another degree in theology) and yet, she believes that Trump is the savior. Her husband does too. It’s cult programming.

    I don’t know how we can ever bring these people back to reality. No matter how many Q predictions are wrong, they still believe. Even at the expense of friends, family, and children.

    • Oy vey says:

      It sounds bad so I’m not looking up Qanon. Sorry I even typed it. Still not sure who they are.

      • SomeChick says:

        They are scary far-right/neo nazi assholes (and probably incels) who have co-opted the “anon” name.

        Remember the Arab Spring? Not the same people!

  5. Emmlo says:

    The QAnon cult has got to my mom and it’s horrifying. She believes all the worst of it and is fully invested in their bullshit narrative. When she was here for Thanksgiving she was ranting about Tom Hanks. I can’t believe the same woman who taught me to read is unable to think critically about this shit.

    • Mel says:

      Same here. It’s been terrifying seeing my mom go down the same route. This woman who was just the total opposite of what is now becoming. Saying that she’s gonna vote for…( sorry, can’t say it, freaks me out) and spewing all these conspiracy theories about Hollywood people going to jail and the government cover ups etc. Not to say I don’t believe there is trafficking in Hollywood and those circles but the things she saying now about cults and Hilary etc are just like… how did a woman so smart fall into that trap and how do I get her out?

  6. Oy vey says:

    Apart from Qa bullshit and conspiracys about Hillary…there are a group/groups of people in Hollywood with connections to all kind of powerful people who traffic humans (underage, of age). We all know this. Men and women are involved. I trust no one to be honest. They are the lyingest, most narcissistic, depraved, closeted, sick community that exists. PERIOD.

    Imagine an artistic, creative community in the most liberal place in the world, with the most liberal ideals that they happily, vocally espouse and bring to as many others as they can politically and fundamentally, but it’s not ok to be gay. It’s insidious. Bearding, being closeted, lying within this “Great liberal community” is simply par. Therefore it is ALL a lie. Sorry. I work in the same area, in the legal field…and while everyone has different ideologies, I rarely if ever encounter a person who is not allowed to be out and proud. Only in Hollywood are homosexuals forced into the closet. The hypocrisy is blinding

  7. MargaritasForBreakfast says:

    People were originally angry with Oprah because she supported Barack Obama in 2007/08 instead of Hillary