Oprah Sucks!October 31, 2006
I was thinking today of who was the most untouchable person in America, the sacred cow that must be bowed down to. It’s got to be Oprah Winfrey.
Somewhere along the way Oprah did more than find the tipping point to massive popularity; she found the tipping point to sainthood on earth. You just don’t hear anyone badmouth her anymore—maybe they just all are hoping to get on her show someday.
When I was living in Chicago, I sort of tangentially knew a producer on the Oprah show. You should have seen how people treated her when they found out she had close, personal access to Oprah. They thought she was the bee’s knees, just for working there.
It may be hard to remember now, but it wasn’t horribly long ago that Oprah was OK with scrabbling around in the gutter with Jenny Jones, Sally Jesse Raphael, Rikki Lake (and let’s not forget Rolonda) to find guests that would tell their circus sideshow stories. She wasn’t in Springer territory necessarily, but she hadn’t gone all Dr. Phil on us yet.
And then she shed the pretenders and now is Queen of All Media. My favorite line to my wife while in the checkout line at the grocery store: “Guess who’s on the cover of Oprah magazine this month?”
I have nothing against Oprah. I think she’s entertaining and it’s obvious why people are drawn to her personality. But what was it that pushed her over the edge to become an untouchable? When did it become bad personal policy to say an unkind word against Stedman Graham’s main honey?
More important, how can I and my business get me some of that?