She hasn’t yet announced any plan to run for office, but online sellers are already creating a frenzy with “Oprah 2020” gear.
From shirts to mugs to mousepads, multiple sites are awash in Oprah-themed presidential swag, created just days after Oprah WinfreyOprah Gail WinfreyRoyal family supports BLM movement, senior representative says Civil rights museum to honor Michelle Obama, Poor People's Campaign UK media watchdog clears Piers Morgan over Meghan remarks MORE delivered a stirring speech at Sunday’s Golden Globes and immediately stoked talk of a White House bid.
“I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon,” the 63-year-old former talk show queen told the audience while accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the ceremony in Los Angeles. “And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say ‘me too’ again.”
Since then, Winfrey’s best friend, “CBS This Morning” anchor Gayle KingGayle KingNate Burleson makes leap from football to news with 'CBS Mornings' Witness says R. Kelly kept watch over girlfriends during Gayle King interview Hillicon Valley: Feds lay down marker in Facebook fight MORE, said her pal was “intrigued” by the idea of a presidential run. But King added Tuesday she didn’t think, at this point, that Winfrey was “actually considering” hitting the campaign trail.
But any downplaying of a Winfrey foray into politics hasn’t stopped the flurry of Oprah 2020 garments, goodies and tchotchkes.
A search for “Oprah 2020” on Etsy yields more than 150 results and includes everything from mock campaign buttons, hand-painted mugs and watercolor portraits of Winfrey alongside some of her Golden Globes remarks.
For $25, Etsy customers can buy a remote control, USB-powered, laser engraved “Oprah 2020” sign. Winfrey supporters can also rest their heads on a newly listed “Oprah 2020” pillow. The $22 cream cushion features a quote from Winfrey’s Golden Globes speech: “Time’s up.”
A $25 T-shirt shows an illustration of a saint-like Winfrey, with the text “Our lady of Chicago” and “Run for us.” An extensive note from the shirt’s creator says, “In the true spirit of Oprah, her Golden Globe acceptance speech wasn’t about her or her great achievements. She spoke about all of us, the challenging times we’re living in, the strides we’ve made as a society and the challenges ahead.”
“I’d like to go back to a time when there was decorum and class in The White House,” the description says. “Oprah can make this happen.”
On Zazzle, customers can get their pooches onboard with $20 “Oprah for president” dog tees.
A $33 shirt sold on Zazzle features another “Oprah 2020” message, along with a note from the seller, saying, “A new day is on the way! Show your support! Oprah in 2020!!” The item was created on Tuesday, just two days after Winfrey’s awards show remarks, according to the site.
While apparel supporting Winfrey may be all the rage, the “A Wrinkle in Time” star is already seeing her share of detractors — without even officially leaping into the political ring.
A $36 shirt on Zazzle, created Tuesday, is emblazoned with the hashtag, “#NOPRAH.” Another item, a $4 bumper sticker, seemingly aims to link Winfrey to disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein, with the message, “Oprah/Weinstein 2020.”
EBay has more than 750 items tagged with Oprah and the next presidential election year.
T-shirts featuring part of Winfrey’s Golden Globes speech have suddenly popped up. The $15 tees show an image of a beaming sun, and the words “A new day on the horizon,” along with “Oprah 2020.”
Another pro-Winfrey item offers up an unsolicited campaign slogan of sorts for the OWN founder. The $16 red, white and blue caps say “HOPRAH 2020,” under a picture of an American flag.