brilliant. Did she think perhaps we missed it? Her final three shows left no doubt.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Yes, I watched Oprah’s final three shows and must admit to a little eye glistening. I’ve known her a long time. I remember the years I wanted to somehow find a way to be a guest on her show. Then came the years that I wanted to be Oprah. Then followed the years of disenchantment.
Oprah has been and continues to be a formidable influence on our culture for affirming Life. She attracted millions to the Church of Oprah; she changed lives and attitudes. Her generosity is well documented, most especially on the Oprah Show.
Did I stop watching Oprah years ago to avoid the uncomfortable feeling of envy? Perhaps. Yet my discomfort also springs from mild revulsion at her incredible self-promotion that increased with each new season. Oprah believes her own PR in a way that appears to go beyond healthy self-esteem.
Her final shows prove my point. To attend a party in her honor shown on national TV, a party organized by her paid staff to highlight celebrity after celebrity paying homage to herself, along with clips of “regular folk” touting her impact on their lives diminishes, in my mind, Oprah’s influence. I do not doubt that everyone who spoke genuinely loves and admires Oprah. The queasy feeling I have is my asking myself how it was any of my business. Her final show, a one-hour sermon extoling all that she has learned and accomplished, marveling at her rise from a “little black girl,” from Mississippi to “Oprah,” made me squirm. All that she said was true and yet I ask ,why did she feel the need to remind us?
No one can possibly deny her impact on our society. She transformed the talk show genre from one of screaming idiocy to education, honesty and faith, from ridicule to compassion. She was
It was a spectacle for sure. I just wish I hadn’t seen it.
Posted by Robyn Whyte at 9:35 AM