Did you know that Oprah is rich? Like, really rich? And that she lurves it? Like, super lurves it?
Our fair Oprah is catching some flack for giving a commencement speech at Duke University where she started talking about how great it is to have money. This was not the whole speech, but you know folks. People don’t like it when you toss your jetliners in their faces.
But in O’s defense, homegirl was just keepin’ it real.
More after the jump.
It’s great to have a nice home. It’s great to have nice homes! It’s great to have a nice home that just escaped the fire in Santa Barbara,” she told the students. “It’s great to have a private jet. Anyone that tells you that having your own private jet isn’t great is lying to you.
In today’s economy though, some folks simply aren’t interested in the Grand Dame of Daytime Talk shouting “I’m rich, bitch” and “Hide the money, ya’ll! There’s poor people around!” to a college crowd in light of this horrendous job market.
I know this blogger wasn’t interested in Oprah’s braggadoccio.
Sure, you can praise Oprah for not being a hypocrite. She’s rich and she’s proud of it. It’s kind of tacky to flaunt your riches in a recession, but whatever.
But here’s why she is hypocritical. Oprah flaunts her philanthropy. She’s one of the biggest givers in the country, donating millions each year to her various causes, so she has a right to do so. But how can a woman who opens up a school for girls in Africa, tries her luck at a vegan diet, and even launched a (failed) philanthropic reality TV show, flaunt the benefits of owning a private jet?
But the most hilarious of the criticism towards Oprah’s gauche wealth dropping came from some comments on WalletPop.com’s blog where one reader insinuated that Oprah’s success was simply due to Affirmative Action and that Oprah is *gasp,* a racist.
The Guilt Goddess of White Women; oh, we are Oprah fans to prove that we are not like our racist Fathers before us. Oprah a no talent news reporter pushed to the big time to cover up years of racism. Affrimative (sic) Action at its best.
One: I had no idea Affirmative Action could get millions of women, white and black, to go out and buy whatever book you were reading or whatever product you like. I had no idea it could make people like you or watch your show or make your show one of the top rated day time talk shows for decades or could put your face on the cover of countless magazines. I totally didn’t know it could do that. Why aren’t we all billionaires? Someone must tell me more about the “magic” of this “Affirmative Action.” Last I heard, all it did was make McDonnell Douglas stop throwing folks like my dad’s resume in the trash back in the 70s.
Two: I’m assuming the “Oprah is a racist” meme came from her supporting Barack for president. Countless white people have supported countless white politicians. Does that make them racist? I mean, really. I have a feeling that if President Obama hadn’t been the intelligent, talented man that he is Oprah wouldn’t have known his name, let alone supported him, just like white folks just don’t support some random a-hole because they look like them (unless they ARE racist). Usually they care about issues and crap, just like black people do. If black people simply voted based on skin color, Alan Keyes would be president and JC Watts would be king of something or other. Go back and come with something harder than that tired, lazy thinking.
Three: Oprah didn’t trick white women into loving her. They totally picked Oprah as their queen all on their own through the power of this thing called the “Free Market.” And last I checked she spends way more time placating women and pumping them up than making anyone feel guilty. Almost all her shows are about buying crap, living the good life, how you too can live the good life, look at this neat thing I just found, gurl, that man ain’t no good for you, here’s how to get a better man, I LOVE SOMETHING AND NOW I’M SCREAMING ABOUT IT!, celebrities, look at this new diet thingy I learned, GAYLE and jackleg therapy.
But yeah, she’s the white woman guilt queen and it’s all a conspiracy by I don’t know to make these white women love her black ass. Oh, OK … and that conspiracy is called …
THE FREE MARKET!