November 17, 2009, - 2:32 pm

Thanks, UAE: Gulf News “Cites” Schlussel on Oprah Lies re Islam, Dubai

By Debbie Schlussel

Recently, I wrote about Oprah’s suck-up job on Dubai and the United Arab Emirates, not the first time she’s served as official Propaganda Minister for Gulf States or other Muslim dictatorships.  (See here and here also.) I noted Oprah’s soft-pedaling Dr. Lamees Hamdan and her lies about Dubai, the hijab, and Islam.  Dr. Hamdan, by the way, isn’t a practicing medical doctor anymore as she claimed to Oprah, and she’s not the egalitarian humanitarian she claims on healthcare either (her gimmicky beauty products are expensive and exclusive).



What’s kind of funny, though, is that the Gulf News, the Dubai-based English-language newspaper owned by Muslim businessmen close to the UAE’s rulers, agrees with me that Dr. Hamdan lied about Islamic headscarfs and full ninja gear being religious.  The publication cites me, while attacking me.  Gotta love it (can’t win for losin’ with them).  But I have to applaud the paper for showing what a fraud and a liar Oprah is and the fiction presented on her show as fact to gazillions of mindless women (and some gay men and Mr. Moms) every afternoon.

Kinda surprising they’d attack her, since Dr. Hamdan is tight with Dubai’s and UAE’s royals–yes, she’s not the typical Dubaian, contrary to Oprah’s claim on her “women around the world” show.  But we knew that (and I noted it at the time, and as I surmised she was raised in America, NOT Dubai–not typical).

Views on Emirati culture and lifestyle aired by a Dubai-based doctor on American talk show Oprah have sparked a controversy among Emiratis who have said they are not representative of the UAE.

Dr Lamees Hamdan, who appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show earlier this month, aired personal views on Oprah that made her the subject of an internet debate among Emiratis that has turned into a personal campaign in some cases.

A number of Emiratis have taken offence to her claims that the abaya [black full-body outer layer of clothing] and shaila [loose veil, partly covering the head] are “cultural” and not religious, and that Emiratis do not pay utility bills.

A number of Arabic language internet forums have harshly attacked her for her statements, with some resorting to personal attacks. Others attacked Winfrey for being “anti-Arab” and “anti-Muslim”. . . .

The campaign against Lamees led Mohammad Sultan Al Habtoor to print T-shirts that read “Leave Lamees alone. She will pay our bills”, in reference to her claims about utilities being free of cost.

Yup, another lie she told on Oprah.

The shirts, selling for Dh250, have been criticised on the internet, but Al Habtoor says he is not profiteering from the incident and insists that he stood behind Lamees in airing her views.

“I would like to see Lamees wear the shirts too. But I’ll stop this if she asks me to. I support her and have even made a Facebook group in her defence,” he said, adding that she had been treated very unfairly. He did not say how many T-shirts have been sold. Even Debbie Schlussel, a radical anti-Muslim blogger from the US, took issue with Lamees’ comments about the veil. “It’s a flat-out lie. Clearly, the headscarf is, indeed, religious,” she wrote.

Under a blog entry entitled “Daytime TV’s Jihadi Sister Now Dubai’s Propagandist” she called Winfrey, a “career-long Islamist” for airing what she considered a positive perspective of Muslims.

Um, nice lie, guys. But I have no problem with a “positive” TRUTHFUL perspective. I didn’t even use the word positive. As Gulf News, itself, even notes, I objected to the lies, which is what this was–pure propaganda. And when it comes to Islam, as I’ve noted on, that’s what Oprah does.

Damn, they called me “radical.”  I’m so  hurt that a state that practices anti-Semitic  and anti-Israel apartheid and enabled 19 hijackers to murder nearly 3,000 Americans doesn’t like me.  Won’t be visiting anytime soon . . .  not that I could if I wanted to.

You know that inconvenient Israeli stamp on my passport and all.

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17 Responses

Wow, I watched Oprah for years and stopped a few years ago because I felt she was becoming racist. I cannot believe the propaganda out of her mouth. Guess her hero Obama has had quite the impact on her. Now she is spreading the word on how wonderful Islam and public healthcare is, all in one show. Unbelievable!

CJ on November 17, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Wow, I find more and more I travel the world and live in different areas that the US truly live in a bubble.

    First and foremost like the “extremist” in every religion it seems that most of “you” who follow Beck, Schlussle, FOX news etc are basically the “extremist” of the us.

    Schlussle is perpetuating extremist behaviour (as you can tell from my spelling I am Canadian) in Americans. You think when your attitude towards muslims is negative that they are going to be positive? No wonder the world can’t stand America as whole. Maybe you don’t think that matters but in the long run it does, no friends, no support, no trading, doesn’t bode well for your country and you are lucky that the smart half of the population voted to get someone in that realized that.

    As for public healthcare now that is where the americans really have an issue! Population from most 1st world countries who have public healthcare systmes for some reason or other benefit from longer lives. We don’t have to worry about bills, etc. Are their longer waits, yes, for elective surgery. We don’t pay when we walk into a clinic, most medications, etc.

    Can’t believe how ignorant people are in America. I lived there for 2 years and loved San Diego, La, etc but would not give up quality of living for greed.

    HM on November 29, 2009 at 11:33 am

      The “elective” surgery is often life changing. You obviously have never had a serious illness.

      Canadians aren’t worth much. Last time they were was WWII, and that’s a long time ago. I note that when you clowns have a serious infectious disease, you call on the CDC. I don’t notice you paying, either.

      Occam's Tool on April 12, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Debbie, in a perfect America, you’d be president for life. I often diametrically oppose your movie reviews, but you are on the ball 100% on everything else. If you got under the Gulf News’ skin, you must be doing something awesome.

DS_ROCKS! on November 17, 2009 at 5:18 pm

“religious”, “cultural”, my pet pig’s butt…

try “demonic”, “barbaric”

demonneant on November 17, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    what do you mean by barbaric and demonic …
    so nuns who are covering their heads are not religious and they are barbaric and demonic??? …
    Please before throwing words think before you say anything….

    Violet on November 18, 2009 at 7:36 am

My dear mother watched Oprah for probably six or seven years I had told her from the beginning that Oprah was a racist and anti-Semite but she was not overt she was very careful but yet it was there all the time just below the surface and occasionally she would let it slip. My mother passed away in 2003 but she realized by 1999 that I had told her the truth. She was actually very disapointed she liked Oprah and of course Oprah has a very compelling story. But even at that time I did not know of her involvement with the racist Rev. Wright. My mother came to understand that being black and her race was all consuming to Oprah. But I find it odd that so many black people are anti-Semetic The Al Sharptons and Jesse Jackpot the so called leaders along with the Congressional Black Caucus. Jews the very people that joined blacks in there civil rights struggle when they were fighting the Jim Crow Democrats they turned against. I freely admit I am not wise enough to figure it out. I know that this does not include all black people but many will tell you even on a local black radio show that there is a Jew behind the curtain pulling the strings. Of course I will be laughed at for this my mother was a very devout Christian and required to have two services to accomadate the mourners she taught me that the Jews are Gods chosen people and she was an ardent supporter of Israel. I am teaching my children the very same thing.

John Hamilton on November 18, 2009 at 7:23 am

“Debbie Schlussel, a radical anti-Muslim blogger from the US…”

Was that an “attack” or a compliment?

There is NO Santa Claus on November 18, 2009 at 8:53 am

Oprah is one of those well meaning, giving, loving people who have no clue that they are playing with vipers. She thinks that the UAE and Dubai will praise her for speaking in their favor?
Let her live in the UAE and just try to express her opinion on ANYTHING if it differs in even one iota from the opinion of any man.
Amongst the many character failings which Islam reinforces in its male adherents is jealousy. Any woman richer than any man in their culture is unthinkable, an affront to allah, just simply wrong(to them)! She wouldn’t surive alone on the arab street for even a day.

Douglas Q on November 18, 2009 at 11:02 am

True Oprah, a woman from Miss. is so naive that Obama could rob a bank and say I was going t feed the poor and the poor would believe him type.

On the Arab street she would be a abed or slave, because Allah said she is an ugly, stupid, nappy headed, pug-nosed black slave. Muhammad never married or sexed a black woman as Islam is racist. Quran 3:109 says black are cursed. Hadith 9:162,3 says black women are sign of a bad disease. Muhammad allowed FGM as prescribed by the local African witch doctor from East Africa.

Oprah has suffered but she needs help. At least she left the Jeremiah Wright religion after a few months and left Obama there listening to the Communist dogma geared toward naive church goers. Black Liberation Theory is a mixture of Islam and Communism.

A top Iranism at the UN thought that Wright told the truth, and she repeated it, when she was confronted about her repeated lies, she didnt know where Pearl Harbor was and that the Japanese bombed America first. She was made a fool of. Notice Wright never did say the Japanese attacked first and then America blew them up in return. AMERICANS FIGHT BACK, PLEASE.

I have learned that Muslims teach their children this lie right here in America 20 miles from the white house. Let’s join together and write Oprah and let her know how many fans she has lost.

btilly on November 18, 2009 at 12:45 pm


    Do get your facts straight… I am a muslim and nothing in the quran or hadith says something about slaving black people… As muslims we were the first to free slaves….
    So,please double check your facts before you speak and stop this racist thing you act as you’re not racist but deep down you are!!!!!!!!
    ,, and if you have never been to the UAE then try to visit I am from there and it’s one of the safest countries in the world, and we have the right to speak and express ourselves but we DO NOT approve of people who give the wrong information…
    For example in the interview Dr.lamees hamdan said that:
    – we don’t pay taxes that’s TRUE…
    – she said that our electricity and water is frees that’s a LIE…
    – next she mentioned that in every emirati house we have a maid and driver that’s a LIE… and finally
    – she said that the shayla which is a kind of hijab is a cultural thing that’s FALSE… it’s a religious thing and it’s in the QURAN….

    Violet on November 18, 2009 at 2:46 pm

      Violet – if you truly are muslim, you know that slavery and sex slavery (possessions of the right hand) are allowed.

      In fact, head on over to CrazyIslam where there are PDF crossword puzzles, word searches, and a wealth of other information about islam.

      Under the Recommended Reading section – you’ll find several books about Muslim masters and Christians slaves. HInt: USMC part “to the shores of Tripoli” regarding early US presidents learning quickly what a threat islam is.

      If there are any mistakes, feel free to note them there at the site.
      The citations are the Koran, Hadith, Sunna, etc. with references to verifiable sources.

      Enjoy: Jew Lover

      Jew Lover on November 18, 2009 at 4:46 pm

Violet, why one earth would you choose to be muslim when you can be free of thought and action?

Lucy on November 18, 2009 at 3:14 pm

WHEN AN ISLAMIST news publication invokes you, an Orthodox Jew and their sworn enemy of all things jihad, to bring clarity to a matter of THEIR Islamic faith and support for their religious tradition… well, the world, has ended.

My bags are packed, and the front door is wide open.

I am waiting for the angels to arrive, and whisk me away—

The Canadien on November 18, 2009 at 6:05 pm

hahaha you all are funny.. everyone is bad except the jews and the jew lovers! you dont realize that the jews are doing the exact same thing they claim was done to them. puhleeze you all are a bunch of lying whiners that obviously know nothing about the history of how palestine was stolen from the arabs. and 9/11 was not done by muslim terrorists!

wisecrack on November 18, 2009 at 9:19 pm

muslims were the first to free the slaves. the qoran does not cite christians and jews as the non-believers muslims should fight against. there are extremists in every religion but now islam is the scapegoat for everything? and since you are mentioning crazyislam, why dont you read some positive sites while you are at it. getting your information from one source is what would be called ignorance.

wisecrack on November 18, 2009 at 9:25 pm

when was it reported that the UAE enabled hijackers to kill 3000 americans? i thought they were saudies, yemenies and egyptians? now they are uae nationals? seriously, this debbie person sounds like she is into making things up! most of your people closed down their business and sold their stocks right before 9/11 happened..hmmm i wonder why? you all are a bunch of close minded freaks who want to blame islam for your ignorance. islam promotes peace and those that are killing people are not considered muslim. read and learn about the subject you want to attack before attacking it so you don’t look like an idiot

wisecrack on November 18, 2009 at 9:35 pm

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