Oprah Winfrey paused before talking politics Friday as she stood in front of a crowd of graduates at the University of Southern California.
Then she decided it was safe.
“The rumors from my last big speech have finally died down,” she said to laughter and applause.
That speech at the Golden Globe Awards in January, full of fiery rhetoric on the fight for justice and the #MeToo movement, brought weeks of chatter about a presidential run for the 64-year-old media magnate and movie star that she has since dismissed.
“The misogyny needs to stop!” she shouted at one similar moment during Friday’s commencement address to graduates of USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.