September 8, 2005, - 4:38 pm
By Debbie Schlussel and Tony Busch
As I wrote previously, on Tuesday, Oprah created a whole new form of Blaxploitation, natural disaster Blaxploitation. Oprah’s show, Tuesday, was nothing short of outrageous and sickening. She added nothing to the hurricane disaster discussion–nothing, that is, except, publicity for Oprah and self-congratulation. What she took away was enormous–the dignity of the dead and dying.
And apparently she found the exploitation so successful, the self-congratulation so gratifying, that she stretched this Oprah minstrel show into two episodes, with yesterday’s part two featuring chief race-merchant/shakedown artist Jesse Jackson (telling the government how to fix the disaster damage when he couldn’t even deliver the buses he promised to the Superdome) and stars Julia Roberts (complete with obtrusive Arabic t-shirt), John Travolta and Kelly Preston (“look at our private plane”), and Lisa Marie Presley (shopping at Target for probably the first time ever).
Now, I find out that, in fact, HO-prah’s new form of victim pimping is not so new for her. Read this eye-opening e-mail from, Tony Busch–a reader of this blog (who served our country in the U.S. Navy), about HO-prah’s behavior after Hurricane Hugo:
I was at the taping of the Oprah show in Charleston, SC,
when she came ambulance chasing right after Hurricane
No I was not there of my own accord, I was in the Navy
and they asked us to attend in our uniforms.
Anyway, there was a woman who stood up and gave kind
of a lame interview during one segment, and Oprah
hugged her at the end of it and said in a somber tone,
“We will be right back.” As soon as the camera
stopped shooting, Oprah walked straight to her stage
manager and proceeded to say, “You call that story a
tragedy? You had better get your s… together or you
will be out of a f…… job!!” She then stormed
over to the producer and said, “This next story had
better be a little more heart wrenching, or we will be
stopping this joke right now!”
Just then the stage manager yelled, ” Back in 5, 4
etc..” And Oprah turned quickly to the camera, put on
her sad face and welcomed everyone back.
Needless to say everyone around started talking under
their breath, about what a fake and fraud this woman
really is, as if I needed an outburst like that to
confirm it for me.
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