Oprah Winfrey is facing backlash following the announcement of her most recent book club addition, American Dirt, and has addressed the controversy in a bid to quell those outraged by her pick.
In a video posted to Winfrey's book club Instagram page Monday, she addressed the backlash.
"It's clear that we need to have a different kind of conversation about American Dirt, and we welcome everyone's thoughts and opinions in our community," she captioned the video.
"I was deeply moved, it had me riveted from the very first sentence and I could hardly wait, really, to share it with all of you," she said. "Now, it has become clear to me from the outpouring of, may I say, of very passionate opinions that this selection has struck an emotional chord and created a need for a deeper, more substantive discussion."
American Dirt tells the story of a young Mexican bookstore owner forced to flee her town for the U.S. after her journalist husband is killed by the local drug cartel, but critics have panned the book as being stereotypical and offensive. And let's face it, there is already enough negative propaganda portraying the Latin community in a bad light, thanks to the Trump administration.
Oprah is having a rough 2020 so far. She was first slammed for being a part of the recently Sundance-premiered documentary, On The Record, which hears Russell Simmons accusers recount their alleged sexual assaults. Then she was later criticized for stepping away from it.