Oprah is already facing backlash for a presidential campaign she hasn’t even agreed to yet.
It looks like there’s at least one person who doesn’t want Oprah to be president. A man in Arizona applied for a trademark on the word “NOprah” earlier in January shortly after the media mogul gave her impassioned Golden Globe award acceptance speech calling out predators in Hollywood.
The NOprah application is for use on shirts, jackets, shoes, pants, and other garments.
Speaking with TMZ, the man said he filed for the trademark after he saw the avalanche of “Oprah 2020” merch that appeared online following the Golden Globes. The man, who identified himself as Lewis, said that he had nothing against Oprah--and in fact actually likes her--just that he doesn’t want her or any other celebrity in the Oval Office.
The idea, said Lewis, would be to follow in the footsteps of the MAGA merchandise that popped up following Donald Trump’s successful run for the US Presidency. Even if she doesn’t win, he would still make a ton of cash from essentially the same demographic.
There has been a lot of speculation as to whether or not Oprah will run for office in 2020, which continues to be fueled by her silence on the issue. The public clearly wants her to run, if the rampant amount of Oprah 2020 merchandise available online is any indication.
It’s starting to go even beyond merchandise. A building in Los Angeles now has an “Oprah for President” billboard on its roof. Bright pink and with a black and white stylized happy face in place of the O, the billboard can be seen from the interstate 10 and 110 freeway interchange.
The building is home to the LGBTQ clothing line I Am Gay, who has clearly thrown their lot in with Oprah very early on.
Despite Oprah’s continuing silence pressure is mounting on the former talk show host to make a statement about her intentions for 2020. One wonders just how many billboards will it take for Oprah to make an announcement on the issue.