Media mogul Oprah Winfrey went far left during a commencement address at her alma mater, while New York City Mayor Eric Adams was jeered during another graduation speech.
Winfrey gave the 2023 graduating class at Tennessee State University a wildly woke send off into the world last weekend.
She hit nearly every liberal talking point during the address, including gun violence, book banning, climate change, LGBTQ rights, systemic racism, and plenty more.
Winfrey opened with her journey to be a TSU graduate, which began with a full scholarship in the 1970’s that resulted in getting scouted to become a news anchor.
Once a TSU TIGER always a TSU Tiger! Alumna Oprah Winfrey kicked off her commencement address with “I’m so glad I go to TSU!” She followed with an inspiring speech telling graduates to OWN every room they walk in! pic.twitter.com/IFTCQvx2kR
— Tennessee State University (@TSUedu) May 6, 2023
It did not, however, result into a diploma until 1988, after she earned her third Emmy Award.
The commencement talk quickly turned political, when she described the hardships the graduates had already endured in their young lives.
“You’ve witnessed the storming of the Capitol and the death of civility,” Winfrey told them.
“You’re acutely aware that voting rights are being gutted. Women’s rights are being dismantled.”
“Books are being banned. History is being rewritten. The Supreme Court is being corrupted. The debt ceiling is being held hostage,” she detailed.
The self-made billionaire noted that the LGBTQ+ community was “under attack” and the world’s climate is changing.
“The Cold War is back. The leaders are behaving like children,” she Winfrey continued.
“The children are being gunned down by military-grade assault rifles.”
She said the world was full of problems and the graduates would encounter people telling them that they couldn’t change it.
Though she noted that Tennessee state Reps. Justin Jones and Justin Pearson, who were ejected from the state legislator for protesting on the Senate floor, would “respectfully disagree.”
Winfrey wasn’t all doom and gloom, she said that the “ozone layer is healing,” because the left’s push for electric cars has caused them to go “mainstream,” and the world is weaning off of “Russian fuel.”
“This to me, signals that the United States of America may not be united,” she concluded. “But we are not a finished product.”
NYC Mayor Eric Adams was booed by students graduating from the City University of New York School of Law when he spoke about his time as a NYPD officer.
Dozens of future lawyers stood and turned their backs to Adams during the speech, which drew jeers when talked mentioned his 22 years as a cop.
At the CUNY law school graduation ceremony, and when it was announced that Eric Adams will be speaking everyone booed 😂
— ɐılıs (@ilissilia) May 12, 2023
“I wore a bulletproof vest and protected the children and families of this city as a police officer,” Adams said over the heckling.
He even managed to work the disrespectful display, which many said was in response to Jordan Neely being choked to death on the subway by a former marine, into his address.
“Just as you see these graduates here, I know what it is to protest,” Adams pressed on.
He pointed out that he protested the death of 23-year-old Guinean student Amadou Diallo, who was killed by the NYPD in 1999.
“But I’m not the mayor because I know how to protest. I’m the mayor because I know how to speak on behalf of the countless number of people in this city,” he concluded.
One enraged student told the New York Post that Adams had the “audacity” to compare his time serving the city as a officer of the law to the “commitment” of their graduating class.
“Within our short time at CUNY Law, we’ve served and protected the citizens of New York City more than his 20-plus years as a cop,” the former student remarked.
“My class’s rage is fueled by Adams’ opportunistic response to Jordan Neely’s lynching by demonizing the poor and propping his forced psychiatric incarceration policies.”