Wednesday, 22 December 2010
What did Oprah ever do to you?
In three years of blogging, I've never written about Oprah. I could have. But I didn't want to give all the haters the satisfaction.
However,now that it's nearing the end,I've put on my thicker skinned shell, and I'm remembering this is my little corner of the universe - I can write what I want to, so here is my first and most likely last post on Oprah Winfrey.
I don't know why Oprah is so polarizing. What did she ever do besides make billions of dollars providing interesting daytime television?
What's wrong with having a bookclub? Most of the time I read books recommended by friends and family anyway. Why wouldn't I read a book that was researched by a team of paid staff whose sole purpose is to research up and coming books?
And what's wrong with becoming more aware of problems in Africa, an Angel Network or seeing my favourite celebrities in personal interviews?
I just don't see how this is cult-like. That's right, I've heard people who oppose Oprah refer to her influence as a cult.
I'll admit I could do without the play-by-play of the roadtrips with Gayle but I just turn the channel to Ellen those days. No one's perfect including you and me.
The thing I don't understand about your hate (yes, I'm talking to you)is that you can never give me a solid reason why. You usually say something like, she just bugs me. And for the record, I do something because it seems like a good idea not because Oprah said to do it.
And one person even said of the show, that it's what housewives watch. Here's the phone, genius, it's the 1950's and they want their attitude back. Please! Give me a break.
I'm sad that it's the last season not because I'll miss Oprah herself. I'll miss the good programming. I'll miss seeing someone so wildly popular talking about doing good and positive things for children, animals and her fellow man in this world. I'll miss seeing my favourite authors highlighted. I'll miss the pleasant surprise of catching a story that uplifts me. Because I'm not jaded by life. I am still impressed when people commit kindnesses to each other.
And let's face it, you'd be singing a different tune if you or someone you knew was given a bit of recognition for something you accomplished on her show.
Okay I'm done.
I'm joining Shell in Pour Your Heart Out. Check out some of the other posts.