May 11, 2006, - 9:16 am
By Debbie Schlussel
I am quoted in today’s USA Today, regarding Oprah Winfrey, known to readers of this site as just plain HOprah.
The article is the cover story of the LIFE section (that’s the Purple Section, to you brain-addled HOprah fans) of the paper, and the gushing over this woman is just plain disgusting. People comparing her to Mother Teresa, claiming she is America’s moral authority. HUH?!
The author of the piece, Ann Oldenburg, told me her editors at USA Today refused to allow my URLs, DebbieSchlussel.com or OprahSucks.com to be mentioned in the piece. But, yet, they put in the URL of an Oprah worshipper. Gee, USA Today is not biased toward Oprah, is it?
Here are my quotes in the piece:
“No one person should have that kind of power to affect markets, politics or anything else,” says Debbie Schlussel, a lawyer, conservative columnist and blogger.
Schlussel says Winfrey followers “are incredibly gullible, bandwagon-jumping trend-slaves.” Winfrey, she says, “acts as if her show has ‘evolved,’ but in fact, she still has the salacious sex and deviance stories, with a psychologist in the audience to make it seem highbrow and give it the kosher seal of approval. If this is the person whose morals we are putting on a pedestal, then America’s moral compass is in much need of retuning.”
The fact that Winfrey has never been married, never had children and is a billionaire distances her from her audience, Schlussel says. “How could anyone like this be in touch with the average American woman?”
I hate to disgust you too much with the sickening cult-worship quotes about this empty woman with a daytime talk show, but you must read these to see how low our society has sunk. Have a barf bag handy. The Rev. Jim Jones would be very jealous:
Over the past year, Winfrey, 52, has emerged as a spiritual leader for the new millennium, a moral voice of authority for the nation.
“She’s a really hip and materialistic Mother Teresa,” says Kathryn Lofton, a professor at Reed College in Portland, Ore., who has written two papers analyzing the religious aspects of Winfrey. “Oprah has emerged as a symbolic figurehead of spirituality.”
“She’s a moral monitor, using herself as the template against which she measures the decency of a nation,” Lofton says.
Cathleen Falsani, religion writer for the Chicago Sun-Times, recently suggested, “I wonder, has Oprah become America’s pastor?”
“I am not God,” Oprah said in a 1989 story by Barbara Grizzuti Harrison that ran in The New York Times Magazine titled The Importance of Being Oprah. But at the time, Winfrey called her talk show her “ministry,” Harrison wrote.
Claire Zulkey, 26, an Oprah follower who has written about Winfrey in her online blog . . . says, “I think that if this were the equivalent of the Middle Ages and we were to fast-forward 1,200 years, scholars would definitely think that this Oprah person was a deity, if not a canonized being.”
Marcia Nelson says that it’s not going too far to call her a spiritual leader. “I’ve said to a number of people – she’s today’s Billy Graham.”
“Our culture is changing,” he [Minister Chris Altrock] says, “as churches are in decline and the bulk of a new generation is growing up outside of religion.” Instead, they’re turning to the Church of Oprah.
I’ve written a longer piece on Queen Oprah, Moral Authority of the Universe, which I’ll post later and from which my quotes were taken.
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