Oprah Takes a Punch


So what’s all the brouhaha about? Last week Oprah landed  on the cover of Newsweek and was featured in an article implying the queen of all media might just be losing her perspective. (I’ve been suggesting this on our blog for years, in relationship to a plethora of bad dieting advice). All I know is her power and influence seems to grow exponentially and, according to Newsweek, so does the whack. And so the article begins:

Live Your Best Life Ever!
Wish Away Cancer! Get A Lunchtime Face-Lift! Eradicate Autism! Turn Back The Clock! Thin Your Thighs! Cure Menopause! Harness Positive Energy! Erase Wrinkles! Banish Obesity!  Live Your Best Life Ever!

You may read the rest of the article here.

This is her statement in response to reporters Weston Kosova and Pat Wingert’s article:

“For 23 years, my show has presented thousands of topics that reflect the human experience, including doctors’ medical advice and personal health stories that have prompted conversations between our audience members and their health care providers. I trust the viewers, and I know that they are smart and discerning enough to seek out medical opinions to determine what may be best for them.”

My beef? Her response doesn’t really address the questions posed in the article. Has power and influence gone to your head? Have you lost your good sense? And do you think your ability to sway and influence your viewers and rabid fans could be considered dangerous or at the very least misguided?

Saturday Night Live took a couple jabs at her in this regard a few years ago, and recently Kathy Griffin included some funny Oprah (‘you’re not Jesus’) bits in her act, which spoke to her influence and the fear she strikes in the hearts of those who would oppose her –  or make a couple jokes. (Kathy still says she’s a fan).

My confession? I was a teeny bit giddy when I saw the Newsweek cover. (Just writing that makes me feel like I might get struck by lightening).  It’s because I feel bad saying anything negative about an influential, self-made woman in America — where there is a shortage of same.  Here’s my point, there are lots of impressive, intelligent women out there who we might want to be paying more attention to instead of our beloved Oprah. Women like, Michelle Obama, Samantha Power, Rachel Maddow, Meg Whitman, Melanie Healy, or Dr. Nancy Tuana.  Something tells me these women just may be living their best life – or at least a very good one – and something tells me they have little time to sit and watch Oprah live hers.

Note: Oprah has been on numerous covers of Newsweek helping them sell millions of magazines. Just sayin’…

6 responses to “Oprah Takes a Punch”

  1. Andrea Owen says:

    I couldn’t agree more. I am so tired of her weight obsession and feel that she’s dragged so many along with her. She does so many great, charitable things, to say anything negative I feel bad as well. But, like Kathy Griffin says, she’s not Jesus!

  2. Sagan says:

    Oprah’s got some issues- and I think that it’s wrong to feel bad and all just because they happen to be a powerful woman and there’s a shortage of them. It’s like people voting for Sarah Palin just because she was a woman rather than looking at her credentials, right?

    But I hope that she can work through her problems!

    Sagan’s last blog post..Guest Post: The Transformation to a Warped Body Image

  3. Gina says:

    YES, finally someone else who can’t stand Oprah! Ugh, she makes me queezy, and the world just goes for anything she sells/advertises/does or sues herself. I was also excited to see the Newsweek, so don’t feel bad. Great post.

  4. Cindy says:

    It’s rare to find people who do not let colossal adulation, money and fame reach into their best intentions and muck it up. Overall, she probably does a pretty good job managing it, but the audience has to be discerning and not allow her branding (which is carefully crafted), to cloud their good judgement. When folks start talking with certainty about how they’ve been chosen by God to do great things, I get nervous.

  5. Jaime says:

    It is disconcerting that Oprah can’t back away from the weight obsession. Has she every featured “health at any size” as a concept on her show? I am not a particular fan of hers, though I have admiration for her accomplishments.

  6. cindy says:

    I don’t know, Jaime. Doubtful. I just Googled some key word phrases that included Oprah, HAES, etc. Nuttin’. Maybe she’ll come to that conclusion on her own someday. Here’s hoping…

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