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Oprah Winfrey had never heard this LGBT+ term before

Reiss Smith August 15, 2019
Oprah Winfrey open-mouthed in shock

Oprah Winfrey was unsure what "wig snatched" meant. (Getty)

Oprah Winfrey had her LGBT+ knowledge put the to test in the latest episode of her video series, The OG Chronicles.

Winfrey and her best friend, journalist Gayle King, were quizzed on a series of slang phrases—with mixed results.

After proving that they know all about “shade” (“it’s the same as dissing somebody,” Winfrey said) they were asked to define “wig snatched.”

“Is it some kind of offensive thing?” King asked.

“Or it could be that wig was so good that it was snatched?” said Winfrey, adding: “When I wear my ponytail people say your edges are snatched, but when a wig is snatched—I don’t know if that’s a compliment. ”

Of course, they were wrong. The correct meaning—as we know—is an expression of shock or awe, with the phrase originating from within the black LGBT+ community.

I’ve never heard this from any gay person.

“And we have lots of gay friends too,” King said in shock.

“I’ve never heard this from any gay person,” smiled Winfrey.

The two had better luck guessing the meaning of other slang phrases such as “okurrrr.”

“That’s Cardi B,” said Winfrey, doing her best impression of the rapper.

Winfrey also found out what a “snack” is (someone who looks good enough to eat).

“Oh, I just had lunch with somebody who was a real snack,” she said.

“He was more than a snack. That was a meal.”

Oprah Winfrey: LGBT+ ally

Throughout Oprah’s lengthy career she has proven herself to be a true LGBT+ ally.

In 1997 she famously guest starred in the episode of Ellen DeGeneres’ self-titled sitcom, in which her eponymous character came out as a lesbian.

Winfrey played the therapist who helped Ellen come to terms with her sexuality.

Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres sitting opposite each other on armchairs
Oprah and Ellen reunited in 2017 to discuss Ellen’s coming out. (YouTube)

Hours before the ground-breaking scenes aired, DeGeneres sat down with Winfrey on her talk show to discuss her own sexuality.

Two weeks earlier, she had appeared on the cover of Time magazine next to the words: “Yep, I’m gay.”

More recently, Winfrey has hinted that she might back gay presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg in the race for the Democratic nomination.

In April 2019, she told The Hollywood Reporter that out of all of the candidates in the race, she would “probably want to sit down and talk to Butta.”

Winfrey is yet to publicly back a candidate in the race. Her early endorsement of Barack Obama is widely thought to have been pivotal in him securing the Democratic nomination, and ultimately the presidency.

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