November 27, 2007, - 4:26 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Today’s episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” is the epitome of why I can’t stand this woman. And why I can’t understand why so many women–particularly Black women–idolize this phony. She does not care about you, no matter how much you want to make it so.
It’s bad enough that she’s doing a show about her doing a show–it’s about the making of her “Oprah’s Favorite Things” show in Macon, Georgia. But here’s why Ms. Thang chose Macon: it has the highest percentage of television sets–45% of them–tuned to the Oprah show when the show airs, according to Neilsen ratings. That tells me right there that almost half the city failed the national IQ test and is brain-addled.
Worse, is that Oprah decided to play a little game on the mostly poor, mostly Black people of Macon. She knocked on doors giving away tickets to the Favorite Things show, on which Oprah gives out thousands of dollars worth of luxurious gifts to each audience member. But there was a catch: you had to be watching the Oprah show when she came to your house, or no tix. Oh, and the tickets were gold and labeled “Golden Ticket,” like she’s some real-life Willy Wonka. Puh-leeze. (She does have a disproportionate number of Augustus Gloops and Veruca Salts watching her show and reading her magazine, though.)
Oprah went to one elderly Black woman’s house. The woman cried–like it was the “Second Coming.” But Oprah asked her if she was watching “Oprah.” When the woman said she hadn’t yet turned on the TV, Oprah said buh-bye. “I was giving out tix to my show. But I can’t give you one because you weren’t watching me. Gotta go.” In multiple versions of those words, that’s how she dissed–on camera–many elderly, poor, and alone Black women with tears in their eyes . . . on camera. These are women who idolize this woman. But over and over again, that was the response from Oprah to lots of these women, taunting them and then dashing their hopes. Let’s hear it for Black empowerment. Watch me toy with the “little people.”
Then, Oprah’s nasty teasing increased a notch. Oprah went to a single mother’s house. She asked, “Are you watching Oprah?” “No, I’m taking care of my children,” was the response. Oprah: “Oh, I’m sorry. You’re not watchin’ my show. So I can’t give you a ticket.”
Hmmm, take care of your kids or watch Oprah’s mindless garbage. This woman had her priorities straight, so Oprah kicked her to the curb. What a bitch. Yes, Oprah, single mothers should watch your show and neglect their kids. It’s all about Oprah.
Nauseating. This is the woman who constantly whines over the treatment of Black women and single mothers in our society. But, when it comes down to it, she really doesn’t give a damn about them. Worse, she uses them as fodder for easy laughs on her show. A total phony–not news to me or readers of this site.
Then, there were the two women–a middle-aged woman and her elderly mother. Only the daughter was watching, so Oprah told her, “I’m giving you ONE ticket, ‘cuz you were watching my show.”
Really, I can’t think of a greater feat of self-conceit than what Oprah did to her fans in Macon, Georgia–many of whom would certainly have appreciated the gifts from the “Favorite Things” show more than a self-ingratiating billionaire egomaniac.
Well, if Oprah carved her head onto Mount Rushmore, maybe that would exceed this. Maybe.
Me. Me. Me. My Show. My Show. My Show. I don’t call her “HRHSBoTU” (Her Royal Highness Supreme Being of the Universe) for nothing.
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