May 25, 2006, - 6:52 am

Oprah Does the Holocaust, As Brought to You by AT&T

By Debbie Schlussel
Is Oprah Winfrey “the new Mother Teresa with hipper clothes”?
A USA Today feature recently posited that absurdity and other similar verbal gushing about the “Queen of Daytime Talk.”
But her vapid tour of Auschwitz, broadcast yesterday, said it all. After more than two decades on the air, Oprah finally discovered the Holocaust. After more urgent, worthy show topics–”Teens Addicted to Oral Sex,” “Gospel Singer Addicted to Porn,” “the Gorgeous Men of Decorating,” and “Oprah & Stedman Visit the Dog Whisperer with their Doggie Daughter”–finally there was time for the Holocaust.
And when it was finally time, Oprah couldn’t just present Auschwitz. Nope, the billionairess needed to make extra money on this episode to make it worth her while. This show was Oprah’s Holocaust “as brought to you by the NEW AT&T.” Yes, the show had a special sponsor. Oprah has discovered that lucrative left-wing business known as “Holocash.” Cry over dead Jews from 60 years ago, but no mercy for the live ones in Israel under siege from the new Nazism of Islamic terror.

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The show would have been best called “Oprah’s Echo Show.” It was largely author Elie Wiesel saying things with Oprah repeating them in an over-acted whisper.

Wiesel: There were three to a bunk.
Oprah: Three to a bunk. . . .
Wiesel: Straw.
Oprah: Straw. . . .
Wiesel: There were trees.
Oprah: There were trees.
Wiesel: But we didn’t look at them.
Oprah: But you didn’t look at them.

There were also multiple overdramatic Oprah attempts at high-brow pretension about the Holocaust–the kind you’d hear at an underground, independent coffee house trying desperately to compete with Starbucks. Only this time, the guy in the disheveled corduroy blazer and “No Nukes” pin reciting the psychobabble poem is Oprah.

Oprah: The . . . Death . . . Factory. . . .
Oprah: I’m trying to wrap my brain around it
[the Holocaust].

Oprah told Wiesel that she will help the memory of the Holocaust live on, and the show was “Dedicated to Future Generations – We Will Never Forget.”
Never forget? Memory of the Holocaust lives on? She’s already forgotten. Only the week before, she did a glowing show on the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the world’s most anti-Semitic country.

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(Islamofascist Oprah by Preston Taylor Holmes of Six Meat Buffet)

The alleged premise of the show was, “The World’s Youngest Queen,” Queen Rania of Jordan (she’s Palestinian). But that was the ruse to present viewers with features on several carefully selected Jordanian women whose message was: “Life in Jordan is just like yours.” The women spoke perfect English with nary an accent. Just like us. They had careers and ordered Domino’s Pizza. Just like us. And they and their husbands who love them are watching their weight. Just like us.
Oprah gushed so much over Queen Rania and her beauty, it was hard to remember she is from the Islamic Middle East. And that was the point. Oprah has been working overtime to promote Jordan and Islam. This is Rania’s second Oprah appearance in five years, with the first on an “Islam 101″ episode just after 9/11.
But here’s the real Jordan you didn’t–and will never–see on Oprah:
A 2005 Pew Research Center survey of 17,000 people found that Jordan is the most anti-Semitic country in the world. Not just 95% of its people have unfavorable views of Jews. It is 100%. 41% of them don’t like Christians either.
Queen Rania’s largely Palestinian country (a demographic not mentioned on Oprah) didn’t just beat the world in hatred for the Jews. Jordan leads in support for homicide bombings AND confidence in Osama Bin Laden “to do the right thing.”
A whopping 88% of Jordanians support suicide bombings. That’s up from 2002, when “only” 65% of Jordanians supported this “method” of dealing with perceived problems. Then, there’s Bin Laden. 80% of Jordanians have “confidence in Osama Bin Laden to do the right thing regarding world affairs.” 57% of Jordanians said “violence against civilians in defense of Islam is justified.”
Just like us?
Rania told Oprah that while Jordanians don’t like U.S. policies, “they love America and Americans.” Really? Pew Research says the country is the most anti-American in the world, with 79% viewing the U.S. unfavorably. Rania claimed women in her country are different and will end Mid-East violence. Pew Research found Jordanian women held the same hateful viewpoints as men.
Oprah, on her show and in her magazine, has called Queen Rania a “hero” for becoming queen. But there is nothing heroic about marrying a king or being beautiful. And there’s nothing heroic about whitewashing a country whose degree of anti-Semitism surpasses even that of Nazi Germany at the height of the Holocaust.
So did Oprah really learn the lessons of the Holocaust, when her show, her magazine, her media empire are used to promote the new Nazism and ignore its victims?
Don’t ask Elie Wiesel. He’s too busy basking in the afterglow of an hour-long Oprah appearance. And recovering from her meaningless echo chamber.
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More on Oprah’s support for Islamic extremism and terrorism here.

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15 Responses

I’m at least 99% sure that Hoprah couldn’t care less about my late Holocaust survivor neighbors- from Oak Park,Michigan-and that ‘Holocaust chic’poster boy Elie Wiesel is a perfect fit for ignoring contemporary ‘Palestinian’ threats-as he also won the Nobel…whoops Arafat Prize-which he should’ve refused.

jaywilton on May 25, 2006 at 7:47 am

I love the pic of Oprah feeeeeeeeeeeeeeling his pain and showing her “concern.” Still, nothing tops her New Orleans “I’m maaaaaaaaad” screech.
I tell ya, there are some extremely stupid and childish people in America who follow her. Anyone who woships her, and there are a whole bunch, are just plain idiots.

Jeff_W on May 25, 2006 at 12:35 pm

If Orpah had any stones at all, she would have included you, Debbie in her too little, too late Holocaust Minstrel Show. Oprah is just disgusting, and I thank you Debbie for never backing off from this phony, media whore. I share your website with everyone at my Temple.

Yiddish Steel on May 25, 2006 at 2:44 pm

Oprah repeats words to emphasize their importance, for herself as well as her audience, like using a highlighter pen. Her shows cover such a broad range of topics that I’ve noticed she does that on the most important shows. Remember, too, that she’s not an actor in a film–she’s a friend-observer with Elie Wiesel. Viewers read his words on the screen–she’s hearing them softly, with his accent.
I wish Oprah had done a show like this earlier but now is a good time too, 5 years after 9/11, when Americans are not as apt to believe there may be another major attack. I recall that one of Oprah’s picks for her book club was “Night” by Elie Wiesel. She’s also doing a show today on the essay contest about this book. Oprah’s show is seen in 137 countries at last count. I for one am grateful she did this show. There are probably some Muslims globally who would never watch otherwise or be allowed to watch a show like this. I’ve seen many films and documentaries about the Holocaust, yet I learned something on the show too. Oprah has been broadcasting from Chicago for years. Chicago is a town which probably had the second largest remnant of Holocaust survivors, after New York. Elie Wiesel’s work has been very important, and one of the most memorable Holocaust photos has been that which included his photo.
Debbie has made important points about Oprah’s loss of control and lack of research and understanding about women living in Jordan, for example. Oprah was impressed with the seeming independence of Middle Eastern Muslim women because that’s who her production people interviewed, perhaps women located by Queen Rania’s staff or CNN. Barbara Walters did the same thing on her trip to Saudi Arabia. I suspect neither woman would ever want to live in the Middle East. Oprah has forgotten that large cities and family money produce people who are better educated and more “sophisticated” than most of the people in the rest of the country, which is especially true in Jordan. In Jordan, a 17-year-old girl was murdered by her father due to concerns about the family honor. It was later found the innocent girl was still a virgin, yet her family passed out sweets to relatives and friends to celebrate her death. That’s like living in the Dark Ages. Oprah also may be unaware that Queen Rania is a Palestinian herself.
Oprah is not a news tracker. But I hope she will better understand that anything going out under her name is her responsibility. I hope she will commit further to understanding the relationship of the Holocaust to the creation of Israel and how the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem influenced Hitler. And commit to a truer understanding about Islam and the Middle East. And also understand that many of the suicide bombers were not victims of poverty, as Madeline Albright said just recently, but well educated. Terrorists’ disenchantment is due to problems in their own countries. They took the quick, easy, coward’s way out by attacking America when they should have quit blaming Israel for everything and worked on solutions in their home countries. It’s called maturity. Or they could have opted to live elsewhere and adjust to the culture, trying to make cultural changes peaceably from within like most of America’s citizens. And the terrorists should have tried to understand the nature of TV–that millions upon millions of Americans do not respect the focus on sex and decadent lifestyles and smart-mouth kids seen on American TV shows and American movies. Those shows do not represent the lifestyles of most Americans.
UH, OPRAH IS AN ACTRESS–NOT A GOOD ONE, BUT AN ACTRESS. REMEMBER “THE COLOR PURPLE”? AND SHE REPEATED EVERY SINGLE FRICKING THING WIESEL SAID ON HER SILLY SHOW. IT WAS MADDENING. IF YOU LEARNED ANYTHING FROM THIS SHOW, YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT THE HOLOCAUST. SHE HAD NOTHING NEW ON THIS/WAS VERY BASIC. OPRAH IS WELL AWARE OF JORDAN, WHAT IT’S ABOUT, AND WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE NEWS. SHE’S NOT IGNORANT AS YOU CLAIM. BUT SHE HAS AN AGENDA AND TAILORS EVERYTHING TO PROMOTING IT. QUOTING MADELEINE ALBRIGHT? PUH-LEEZE. SHE’S ANOTHER PROBLEM. NOT A SOLUTION. BUT MAYBE A FINAL SOLUTION FOR ALL OF US, UNFORTUNATELY.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

USWoman on May 25, 2006 at 4:37 pm

Holocash is a good word for this unfortunately successful attempt to turn the world’s worst act of genocide into a racket. The Holocaust is often used to make money and/or for a political agenda. There’s no limit to how low people will go these days.

KnightoftheImpaler on May 25, 2006 at 8:37 pm

Oprah is an ìecho chamberî (what a clever label!) precisely because she doesnít bring anything to the table.
SheísÖjustÖnot…real.
And therefore OPRAH canít react to real people and real greatness, like Elie Wiesel.
People like Elie who experienced great personal loss, and somehow, continue on.
As Oprah reaches for her cookies or candy, from her ìzone of comfortî she has nothing in her soul that could resonate with the horrors this man endured.
Really…what could she have said.
She should have done the honourable thing, exited her own show, and let Elie do the Holocaust segment.
OPRAH, the Jews donít need your sympathy for past crimes and horrors perpetrated against themÖthey need YOUR SUPPORT against PRESENTÖand FUTURE crimes your Islamic brothers and sisters are LIKELY to commit TODAY and TOMORROW against them!!
But Muslims that maim and murderÖOPRAH just isnít ready to face that grim reality of her beloved Islam~
Oh well Op, in the meantime…have some more candy…

The Canadien on May 25, 2006 at 9:58 pm

Debbie, when I wrote about Madeline Albright, I was talking about Oprah “…I hope she will better understand…” that it isn’t about poverty, it’s about Islamic fanaticism. I guess I wasn’t very clear in that sentence. I couldn’t believe that Madeline Albright actually made that public statement on a morning talk show last week after all that’s been written in the last 5 years. It may generate more blame on poverty by others in the public eye.

USWoman on May 25, 2006 at 10:16 pm

I read USWoman’s Saint Oprah lovefest homage and now I understand. Unbelievable! Wow!

The_Man on May 25, 2006 at 11:34 pm

You took my line, Debbie. Oprah is an actress. She is probably looking for an Oscar.
She can’t get her mind around the holocaust? Maybe it is because she is too narrow-minded to understand that the Nazis–National SOCIALISTS–are no different than the so-called palestinians (just garden variety hate-filled Islamofascist Arabs or jackass Ishmaelites) who hate Jews because they are Jews, the chosen people of G-d.
If those fools, the Arabs, think that they can destroy the Jews, they will find out that it is impossible. G-d will give the Jews another joy-filled holiday after the Arabs are destroyed as He did with every other group that tried to destroy His people. With the Egyptians, it was Passover (Pesach); with Haman, it was Purim; with the Holocaust, it was Yom Haatzmaut (Israeli Independence Day); I cannot wait for the one that G-d gives them when He destroys all of their enemies. We know that the Islamofascists will be among them.

Loser on May 28, 2006 at 9:23 pm

Good post Debbie!
Somehow I’d bet you must not be very close with lady O. She’s revolting! She’d surely interview `Osama and allow him his chance to get his points across, if he’d ever give her the chance. She kisses up to everybody!

TheIcePrincess on May 30, 2006 at 5:30 pm

To be honest, the part about Jordan was the most stupid things i have ever read. Honey it looks like you know nothing about the middle east besides what you see in the media, the same reason you are bitching about Oprah, and from some surveys obviously done by people of bias. I’ve lived in Jordan, and it is exactly like the US, they have there own traditions and what not but besides that it’s normal life. The whole they hate Jews and Christians is total bull.I’d suggest maybe you talk to a Jordanian or maybe a middle eastern person. And btw even if you still believe that they are like that, then aren’t you doing the same thing? Ironic how in your mind they’re not allowed to hate and yet you can hate as much as you want. I take that back , not ironic, Stupid is a better word to describe it.

Jasmine on February 11, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Thank you for your clarification! I am Jordanian, and living in the US. What this lady doesn’t know is that the standards of life in Jordan are better than what is in some parts in the US! She should go to the Appalachian mountains and see how people live there! Another thing she is not aware of, is that most Jordanian population are Palestinians! and it’s axiomatic that the’ll hate Jews! That what happens when ignorant people talk!

    Tamara on April 19, 2013 at 10:38 pm

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