The Dawn Chorus

Fresh Australian Feminism

Oprah Told Me…

Posted by Cate on August 1, 2008

I’m never quite sure what to think of Oprah Winfrey. A (black) phoenix who has risen from the ashes of child sexual abuse, povery and racism to become a media mogul? A woman who gained an income from the self-confessionals of middle class surburban americans? A woman who bravely shared her struggles with body image and disordered eating as she lost and gained weight again and again and again? A multi-faceted evangelical empire resplendent with motivational tomes, a high priestess at the pulpit whose mere mention of a book/designer/motivational speaker could rake in millions for others? And let’s not forget those self-congratulatory episodes of Oprah where she gave away tonnes of stuff!

I’m not the only one who has some conflict about Oprah. You can read here about the tale of Robyn Okrant, who pledged to live her life as a disciple to the commandments of Oprah. She admits:

She’s creating her “vision board”, has taken part in a “21-day cleanse” and cooked the turkey burgers Oprah insisted everyone try. But after the all-important de-cluttering, Okrant is now replacing it with new things she didn’t know she needed, such as a fire-pit. “We don’t have a backyard so I’m encouraging the cat to sleep in it.” 

It’s a totally fascinating mission which appears to have attracted a lot of media attention. I don’t get the chance to watch Oprah unless I am on sick leave as I work a day job. So, I extend the issue out to Dawn Chorus readers. What have you learned from Oprah? Is she a source of inspiration or irritation?

NB: I’ve learnt to keep any weight loss successes to myself, because (as Oprah attests) the weight always comes back…


2 Responses to “Oprah Told Me…”

  1. tina_sparkle said

    I for one cannot STAND oprah. sure, she’s kicked some goals for boosting women’s self esteem, but how much can one person talk about themselves? not enough, it seems. I abhor how she interrupts and talks over her guests, always about herself and laughs at her own lame jokes. attention seeker to the max. she needs to watch andrew denton to see how to interview people. and learn some humility.

  2. I find Oprah just annoyingly humorous. Oprah’s no devil or saint. She’s just very good at business.

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