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Oprah Suffers Twitter Backlash for Comments about Protesters

This Feb. 22, 2014 file photo shows Oprah Winfrey speaking at the 45th NAACP Image Awards  in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
This Feb. 22, 2014 file photo shows Oprah Winfrey speaking at the 45th NAACP Image Awards in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Tom Kludt, CNNMoney

 

NEW YORK (CNNMoney)—Oprah Winfrey, meet the leaders of the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

In a recent interview, Winfrey explained what she would like to see emerge from the recent spate of protests against police killings, but what her comment sparked instead was a swift social media backlash.

Winfrey said she thought it was “wonderful” to see so many demonstrators take to the streets after recent grand jury decisions in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City to clear police officers involved in the deaths of unarmed black men.

But the billionaire media mogul also qualified her praise.

“What I’m looking for is some kind of leadership to come out of this to say, ‘This is what we want. This is what has to change, and these are the steps that we need to take to make these changes, and this is what we’re willing to do to get it,'” Winfrey told People magazine.
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