Seth McFarland does NOT like the idea of a Trump vs Oprah Presidential race in 2020. He doesn't seem to have anything against Oprah but is worried that America is valuing celebrities more than public service.
The creator of "American Dad", "Family Guy", and more recently, the live-action scifi series "The Orville" took to Twitter with this to say:
Oprah is beyond doubt a magnificent orator. But the idea of a reality show star running against a talk show host is troublingly dystopian. We don’t want to create a world where dedicated public service careers become undesirable and impractical in the face of raw celebrity.— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) January 10, 2018
Does he have a point? Are we too excited about the idea of another celebrity president? Another Twitter user countered his points:
I am so torn about her. She is smart, has actual business acumen and has, through her boundless charity work, served the public more than many career politicians. I get the sentiment of your statement. At the same time should there be a list of disqualifying jobs? Probably not.— Melissa Carlill (@MelissaCarlill) January 10, 2018
Perhaps the issue is going straight from civilian to President. Should she pay her dues in other legislative capacities before aiming for the top. Get some political experience and build her pedigree in a smaller capacity first.— Melissa Carlill (@MelissaCarlill) January 10, 2018
To which Seth was kind enough to respond:
I don’t think anyone is questioning the breadth of her accomplishments. The observation is a more fundamental one: Will there still be room for the likes of Kamala Harris or Maggie Hassan in the political future we’re creating, or only Tom Hanks? https://t.co/na1fC0IkFZ— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) January 10, 2018
In case you're wondering, this isn't a shot at Tom Hanks. Tom was mentioned at the Golden Globes when Seth Myers said, jokingly(?), that Oprah should run for president and Tom could be her VP. At the Golden Globes, Oprah made one of the best award speeches when she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award. Seth Myers may have been joking but Twitter users were quick to jump on the train and #Oprah2020 became a trending hashtag.
Shortly after multiple talk shows jumped on board that this was a serious possibility. Meryl Streep seems very supportive of the idea of a President Winfrey. She talked about it on both Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Ellen Degeneres Show. She even ended up appearing, with Tom Hanks, on "The Post". Meryl said:
Where do I send the check? We really thirst for that. We really want that kind of elevated, aspirational, can-do, optimistic attachment to the principles of our country.
What are your thoughts on this? Is @MelissaCarlill right, should we take Oprah seriously? Is Seth right, are we entirely too focused on name recognition and not putting enough weight into previous public service experience?