Seal seemingly went after Oprah in an Instagram post a couple days ago, in which he shared a photo of the media mogul kissing Harvey Weinstein on the cheek. The photo itself was captioned, “When you have been the problem for decades but suddenly they all think you are the solution,” and Seal wrote alongside the image, “Oh I forgot, that’s right… you’d heard the rumors but you had no idea he was actually serially assaulting young starry-eyed actresses who in turn had no idea what they were getting into. My bad.”
Now it turns out that the intent behind Seal’s post may have been misunderstood: The singer took time last night to film and post a Facebook video of himself getting the facts straight, saying that Oprah being in the photo is just circumstantial, and that his barbs were only pointed towards Weinstein and Hollywood:
“Let me start by saying that I have an enormous amount of respect for everything that Oprah has achieved and contributed in her life. What I reposted was not an attack on Oprah at all. She just happened to be the person photographed with the pig in the picture. No, what I reposted was commentary on the hypocritical and double-standard nature and behavior of Hollywood.”
Elsewhere in the clip, Seal also disavows Fox News, who he accuses of using him as “a pawn” in their “political games,” and tells Stacey Dash to “keep [his] name out of [her] mouth.” He also applauds victims of sexual assault and harassment, saying, “What you did takes real courage, and please keep showing that and please keep coming forward, because that’s the only way we get to solve this thing. We talk about it, we open dialogue, we solve it.”
Watch Seal’s video below, and find his original Instagram post above.