September 6, 2005, - 4:33 pm

Drivel: HOprah’s Nauseating N’Awlins Death Crypt Show

By Debbie Schlussel
You’ve heard of Blaxploitation movies? Well, Oprah Winfrey has started a whole new sister industry: Hurricane Blaxploitation.
Today’s huckstering “Oprah” show, shot atop the dead bodies and suffering of her key demographic, was –and worse.
Some highlights:
* Most sickening: Oprah’s bud Dr. Mehmet Oz films an old, dying person under a foil cover and asks the person to open his/her eyes. Is this dying person in a condition to give consent to this disgusting Oprah display? Was he/she even asked for consent? Doubtful. Ditto for the multiple dead people close-ups this insensitive doctor gave to the camera. Then this creep, Oz, and Oprah have the gall to complain that these people “are not being allowed to die in dignity.” Hmmm…I think a glimpse in the mirror is in order for Big O and Oz.
* One of Oprah’s “Gorgeous Men of Decorating”–the “Oprah” show’s interior decorator, Nate Berkus, reported from the scene. Yes, skilled journalists like Shepard Smith and Brian Williams were okay. But we really needed the superior journalistic insights into the Hurricane damage that only a man skilled in furniture, wallpaper and carpets could provide. Thanks, Oprah.
* As the resident PETA activist/interior decorator/catastrophe reporter for the Oprah show, Berkus whines that people can’t take their pets and that there is the absurd policy of people first. We can’t have that. Berkus saves the man’s pet for him and houses the pet in the house at which he’s staying. G-d forbid, they saved a human in the house at which Berkus is staying.
* Lisa Ling, Oprah’s resident Let’s-understand-HAMAS-female-suicide-bombers-and-the-great-life-of-Cuba reporteratrix, repeats the BS (which she believes) about the delay in helping is because the people are not White. Is this Lisa Ling or Kanye West? Hard to tell.
Ling also repeats the obvious. Gee, I haven’t seen this for a week on CNN/FOX News/MSNBC/NBC/CBS/ABC–you know that stuff about people living on the streets for days, starving, and losing everything they have. Thanks for repeating for the gazillionth time what real reporters already covered. You’re a week late.
* New Orleans’ Police Chief crying; Mayor Nagin crying; Oprah fake-crying, saying, “This makes me so MAAAAAD. This makes me MAAAD.” (Not mad enough to not bring her make-up artist, though. Tons of make-up on.) At last, I understand why Queen Oprah didn’t get an Oscar, and her acting career went bust.
* Oprah pretend-bullies Mayor Nagin to let her in to the Superdome to see for herself–because she didn’t see it on FOX News/CNN/NBC/MSNBC/CNN, etc. (and because we didn’t see it either, living in the Oprah vacuum as we do). “I want to see it,” she demands. “Why can’t I see it, if so many people spent so many days there?” Then she dons a surgical mask–my favorite Oprah fashion accessory. And we see the never before seen thing called an empty stadium. Thanks for this unique view Oprah. Now, my life is complete.
* And of course, no show could be complete without Oprah showing film of herself hugging everyone at the Astrodome and signing autographs. That Oprah. Whatta gal!

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16 Responses

You’re assuming that Oprah helped anyone.
What was her interior decorator doing there? There was nothing to decorate. It’s like a cruel joke.
At best it was a genteel look-see, a walk about. They went touring. A glorified gawking session. The worst kind of celebrity rubber-neckers. Swoop down for the photo-op, and quickly escape back into the palace.
It actually makes things worse. I actually think those “evacuees” as she generously labeled/stigmatized them (to their faces) are smart enough to know when they are being exploited. And, unlike the barking seal studio audience regularly seen on Oprah, these people don’t even get free refrigerators, not that they’d have anywhere to put ’em.
I say first do no harm. Apparently Dr. Oz, and Dr. Oprah don’t understand the injury such blatant exploitation causes.

glamchild on September 6, 2005 at 6:24 pm

If you’ve ever seen the big O without an inch of makeup you would know why she keeps it plastered on.
Everything she does, she does for Oprah. The morons in the audience are too stupid to understand. The woman is a media ‘ho.

CoolToTheEnd on September 6, 2005 at 6:56 pm

Oprah meets Katrina


Tinkerty Tonk on September 6, 2005 at 8:59 pm

Debbie, great show on the radio last night. I listened over the Internet since I have plenty of time since I DON’T do yoga, don’t have to worry about taking care of any cats, don’t watch HOprah or Dr. Phull, or DEFINITELY do not eat any Ben & Jerry ice cream whipped up by those dirty, smelly hippies.
I was rolling in the floor listening to the “I’m MADDDDDD!!!!!” shriek of HOprah, since I don’t watch her trash on TV. I haven’t heard anything funnier since Howard Dean’s I Have a Scream speech. While sane people can see through it, I am certain her screech went over big time with her audience. I can’t stand HOprah, but she is without a doubt one of the most brilliant self promoters I’ve ever seen.
The highlight was the third hour when you stirred up the HOprahites, especially the bim who called Harpo Inc. and reported you for throwing spitballs at and blaspheming the New Age messiah HOprah. I’m in preemptive loin gird mode against the HOprah loons.

Jeff_W on September 7, 2005 at 9:08 am

Absolutely BRILLIANT !! Three cheers for Debbie for having the sense to tell it like it is Ö I agree that Oprah was more interested in her “ratings” … than helping the people of New Orleans !!!!

Deborah on September 7, 2005 at 5:38 pm

Oprah don’t care. just so long as she makes $$$. Capitalist at it’s finest and God Bless America

KOAJaps on September 7, 2005 at 7:39 pm

Lisa Ling has the same eye structure as me Debbie. You know, the slanted eyes
\ / and buckteeth |_|_| Kanye is black. So if you can’t tell, which is pretty hard to do, look for the jaundiced-looking whore
P.S., I am not the politically correct pussy that most conservatives make liberals out to be. Hey, I’m a Stern fan. Hence the name King of All Japs. And if there are any conservatives or liberals who think I’m wrong? Kiss my Jap ass.
Love you Debbie

KOAJaps on September 7, 2005 at 7:52 pm

I believe that you are being most insensitive. At this point your sarcasm is not needed nor is it found to be amusing to many. Only those who are on such a low level as yourself would get any of the BS that you are displaying on the web. You come off as a very ignorant person.

Impoortoo on September 7, 2005 at 11:11 pm

Wrong about what, KOAJaps?
In a related note, I just saw that Jay Z just gave Beyonce’ a nearly $3 million engagment ring. That could buy about 20 to 30 really nice houses for the refugees. And, that tramp Christina Aguillera earned about $3 million for singing just 3 songs for a Russian billionaire at his wedding. There’s another 20 to 30 really nice houses.
If all the celebs and people like Bill Gates got together they could solve this problem in no time at all. But, no-o-o-o, we are about to see endless telethons on TV begging us to give OUR hard earned money.
This shows why the mainstream media is basically irrelevant to me these days. If they weren’t such cowards they would publish the earnings of all the Hollywood celebs and what percentage they are giving. Don’t say so and so gave $1 million without publishing their net worth. For most, a million dollars is like me contributing $10. Big whoop!

The_Man on September 7, 2005 at 11:32 pm

The_Man, I agree with the above, but I find it more isturbing that Bush, Clinton and all the previous adminstration would give money and forgive debts to countries around the world, but are willing to make America a third world nation? Why is our taxes paying for some terrorist or even future terrorists? Why does Bush pushed for the Israeli/Palestinan peace process by telling Ariel Sharon to give up the West Bank and the Gaza Strip? Why is it that Clinton and previous administration knowingly gave weapons to the PLO? And pennies to Americans, like the funding for Homeland Security. Nothing makes sense, can you make heads or tails over this? I can’t.

KOAJaps on September 8, 2005 at 7:28 am

OH MY GOD! Finally, someone gets it!
I have been ranting about Oprah for YEARS. It’s always all about OPRAH. Everything Oprah does is done to make Oprah look good.
I can’t stand her! I am so relieved that I am not the only one!
I commented on my blog just the other day when the Big O appeared at the Astrodome.
Linking to your posts immediately.
Go Debbie!

Cheryl Shih on September 8, 2005 at 8:47 am

Thank you Debbie! I just found your blog and you said just how I feel. I do not watch “The O” anymore, she pissed me off too many times ever since her 50th birthday extravaganza (puke). But my sis-in-law still Tivos her and gave me a play by play because she could not believe what she was watching. O cannot do one single thing without a camera crew. She’s incredibly self-serving. I loved what Samuel L. Jackson said on the Daily Show last night about her… (paraphrasing) “why doesn’t she buy a condo building in Chicago and put up a bunch of these homeless people? Do something tangible!”

Babs on September 8, 2005 at 5:40 pm

God, you’re an embarrassment Debbie aren’t you?
You whine about Oprah as if she was the head of FEMA or if her duty was to aid those in need during an emergency? How about criticizing President Bush and the Federal government for sending aid 5 DAYS LATE?? Of course, in your book President Bush can’t be criticized right? I figured that out already. As far as I’m concerned Oprah’s job is to bring ratings for her show, so whether she wants to help or not that’s her own problem, and our taxes don’t go to Oprah so she can attend emergencies. Our taxes go to the government so they can bring help and relief AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to those who need it.
By the way, you truly made a fool of yourself on Howard Stern. You went there to rant against Oprah and even though they despise Oprah they ended up taking her side.
I wonder which celebrity will be your next scapegoat.
Dan Aldana
P.S. I don’t even like Oprah that much.

dan_aldana on September 8, 2005 at 9:19 pm

hey Dan, you are the one who is an embarrassment. You obviously show your igmorance by the fact you don’t even know how State, local and Federal government are supposed to work. First of all, the Mayor and Governor are the primary responsible leaders in a city and state emergency and they both showed their high level and lack of incompetence and preparation in dealing with this unfortunate disaster. They are supposed to have coordinated and planned the preparation and evacuation efforts needed and required for this type of emergency. They also needed to have proper communication and contingency plans in place. Both New Orleans’ Mayor Nagin and Louisiana Governor Blanco failed miserably in properly protecting their citizens and understanding the consequences. Because of their poor level of communication, leadership and coordination, they made it much more difficult for FEMA and the President to get a hold on what was needed to be done. You obviously don’t even understand the plain logistic nature of how that made the situation in that much more difficult.
Don Aldona
P.S. it’s not relevant how you feel about Oprah.

don_aldona on September 9, 2005 at 6:33 am

The one thing I truly found completely inappropriate was that moron, Lisa Ling during her segment on Oprah’s show.. making her irresponsible comment about how she wondered how different the response would have been if it had been a white and affluent community that was affected. Hey Lisa Lingo.. SOME ADVICE.. Keep your BIAS STIRRING politics out of it when you’re supposed to be OBJECTIVELY reporting a story ESPECIALLY on someone elses program!!
But you know what Lisa Lingo? maybe it would have been different.. if the voters of that so called white, affluent community (or ASIAN or other African American community) did not vote for such UNQUALIFIED leaders like a Mayor Ray Nagin and Governor Kathleen Blanco!!
Don Aldona

don_aldona on September 9, 2005 at 7:44 am

Why is there such an issue with Oprah wanting to help her people. Whites take care of whites. All she is doing is exposing what we all know. Black “refugees” being forgetten. We can race to the aid of another country within hours but it takes days to to help our own citizens. Of course this means nothing to you because just about all the white residents we able to leave and of course were the first to get aid. This can’t hit home to you because you don’t see their faces in the mirror. If this was the other way around we woul;d have put the country on hold and created new taxes just to help out the white community.

Not Your Average on January 22, 2007 at 1:59 pm

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