September 4, 2005, - 11:33 am
By Debbie Schlussel
Since I criticized her conspicuous silence, Friday, Oprah has made a sudden change in plans.
Oprah’s sudden changes in planned broadcasts of her show, next week, speak volumes. On Tuesday, she will feature a live “Look at Me in N’Awlins Damage” show. Then, in a not-so veiled message, she has an interesting show from the Oprah archives selected for Thursday. Originally not scheduled to air then, Oprah will now show an episode on Thursday featuring Kanye “George Bush Doesn’t Care About Black People” West. It was taped back in April, so why wait until now–after his absurd remarks (to which Oprah probably subscribes) on Friday Night?
The show is interestingly entitled “How My Worst Moment Made Me a Star.” We all know which “Worst Moment” of his made Kanye West a bigger star then he ever was–Friday Night’s “George Bush Doesn’t Care About Black People” comment. (Since the show was taped in April, it is about West’s Grammy win.)
Is Oprah trying to tell us something, by suddenly choosing to show that episode two days after her “Oprah Poses in N’awlins Devastation” show? I report. You decide.
As I wrote on Friday, Oprah was nowhere to be found during the Hurricane devastation, last week. Instead, in an incredible display of insensitivity, she showed re-runs of her and Stedman’s “daughter” dog problems and “Gorgeous Men of Decorating”–while people in the key demographic that made her wealthy beyond her wildest dreams were suffering, starving, and dying. Had she done a live hour to raise money for the victims of Katrina, she would have been the hero she wants everyone to believe she is (and too many morons actually buy it, despite the evidence to the contrary).
At the time I wrote that, Oprah had a tiny link at the bottom of her website to give to Hurricaid. That’s it. Her scheduled shows for the following week (this coming week) were all re-runs. Now, things have changed–a little. The Big “O” will have a live “Oprah” from the site of the Hurricane damage show. A little late. And Oprah is not a member of law enforcement. Her presence there couldn’t possibly help and will only get in the way. Instead of going there to be loved by her fans a la race merchant Jesse Jackson, Oprah could have done a live telethon show from her Chicago studios, last week. She did not.
On Monday, she plans a show with hip pop stars. Then on Tuesday, she will do her live “Oprah on the scene of Katrina” show, telling us what happened there–as if we didn’t already know. We already know what happened there, courtesy of a gazillion REAL news organizations, who’ve been there while Oprah was AWOL. We do not need her reports now. The people there needed her help raising money, etc., last week. That Oprah will now be in New Orleans figuratively (and perhaps literally) standing on top of the dead bodies in the watery crypt to say, “Hey, look at me, Oprah, I’m here, too,” is sickening. Her self-insertion into everything, even when it is unwarranted, as here, is annoying–and, in this deadly crisis, it is appalling.
It is interesting. Oprah’s haste, right after 9/11–to re-vamp her schedule and have Muslim women tell us that Islam is peace on several “emergency” shows–is a haste unmatched, last week, regarding the victims of Hurricane Katrina (who just happen to be among the demographic that made Oprah so wealthy). Apparently, they don’t merit the immediate concern Oprah’s Islamist friends do.
So, with the sluggish response by Oprah to the Hurricane damage, and then her revamped broadcast featuring Kanye “George Bush Doesn’t Care About Black People” West, I ask this:
Does Oprah Care About Black People (other than herself, and best “friend” Gayle)?
Recently, Oprah whined about being shut out of Hermes in Paris after they closed for business as an example of racism–her “Crash moment,” she called it (based on the movie about race).
Well, last week, was America’s “Crash” moment with Oprah. But it was much bigger and more important than buying a silly designer watch for Tina Turner. And like Hermes, Oprah Winfrey was closed for business.
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