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For decades Oprah Winfrey has done many things to help people whether that help came from the Oprah show’s subject matter, giving her audience members cars or opening up a school. It can even be said her 2007 endorsement of Barack Obama is what put him over the top in his bid to become president of the United States of America. First let me be clear, I know that because of the amount of hair on my face that there is zero chance that I will be on Oprah’s show. That being the case, I have no problem with Oprah at all. Oprah Winfrey is an amazing woman who has overcome unbelievable odds to become one of the most powerful and influential people in the world.

The Oprah show is largely positive, but at times it is a show of sexual anxiety, victim hood, exploitation, and dark vision of sexual relationships. Strong positive Black Men are almost non-existent on Oprah’s show. On Friday, Oprah has a live show of weekly recaps and talks about current events in a round table type of atmosphere. On Friday Jul 9, 2010 a riot broke out in Oakland California, over the police shooting of unarmed Oscar Grant, a black man, that same day Oprah was on her show eerily saying “Huuugh Jaaackmannn… I love his butt.”

What is the Message?

On Friday, March 6 of 2009 Oprah had an intervention show for Rihanna, where she famously said “If a man hits you once, he will hit you again“, in a reference to the recent altercation between singers Rihanna and Chris Brown. Many of the singers acquaintances and friends spoke out on the issue. However, Oprah, at the time, did not know Rihanna and this show was done more than a month later. Chris Brown said that since he knew Oprah and had done shows for her, that he thought that she would at least lend a helping hand and not parade him through the mud. When Bebe Winans was accused to domestic abuse Oprah didn’t cancel his appearance on her show until public protect demanded it. No one is trying to defending Chris “Fake Tears” Brown, but Oprah’s message wasn’t really directed to Rihanna, was it?

The people she supports usually sit next to her, while the opposite opinion often sit in the front row of the audience waiting to be called upon When Oprah was in Africa she said “I will not rest until every black boy and black girl has a chance to prove their worth.”, then she opened up a school for girls only.

On Friday , July 16 2010 on the Gayle King show, in referring to Mel Gibson’s tapped conversations with ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, Oprah stated “Most men in America speak to their women like Mel Gibson.” She can only know this if she has her own Talk Show Patriot Act and she might.

On an episode with Lance Armstrong, Oprah said “I never got married because I just wanted to always be myself.” Every relationship is a risk and marriage is supposed to be an partnership between individuals.

One episode stated that 70% black women are single. Seriously, is this a fact or a feeling?

Another Oprah show said that 1 out of 3 men are cheaters. This may be a correct statement, but Oprah’s shows somehow make it seem that these “Cheaters” are cheating alone, or as if the person they cheat with never knew that they were married. Raise your hand if you really think that the women Tiger Wood’s cheated with didn’t know that he was married. Tiger was dragged through the mud and rightly so, but the “Home Wreckers” are still being celebrated.


Shows like: “Men who have beaten Women”, “7 ways to end violence” and “Red Flags” are only offered to make viewers believe that Men are the beginning and end any violent act. Many claim that her shows are about empowerment, but do shows like “Wish Away Cancer”,  “A Lunchtime Face-Lift”, “Turn Back The Clock”, “Thin Your Thighs”, “Cure Menopause!”, “Erase Wrinkles”, “Banish Obesity”, really empower anything other than ratings?

You are probably saying “He’s hatin’”, or more likely “what’s the big deal. It’s just a talk show.” Oprah is the most powerful woman in media. Her show is seen in countries all over the world. So if she is constantly presenting misinformation, and one-sided opinions of males, black men in particular, then the question has to be asked; is she aiding in the racism and abuse that black men face on a daily basis? It is her show, she doesn’t have to be fair, nor does she have to be balanced, but if this is considered normal then America is not a mentally healthy nation. Men and Women are to be valued. Men are as much a part of the equation as women are. What kind of answer to do you get when you only solve half of an equation?


For decades Americans have accepted marginalization of individuals and groups, and here is where Oprah is no different. Oprah Winfrey as well as others have, perhaps unwittingly, taught the youth of America that in some respects that it is okay to mistreat someone if you can claim victim hood. These types of cycles persist in America because many of the root causes are not exposed and addressed; they are ignored, distorted, or deflected. Perhaps we all should be taking the lyrics of Travis McCoy’s “Billionaire” song to heart. In order for our nation society, in order for nation to grow everyone needs to have value. Now more than ever Americans need equality not superiority and you can put that in your Fat Wagon and pull it.

By the way Oprah telling Barbara Walters that you wished you were white is nothing to be proud about.

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Don’t you find it strange that over the last ten months Rush Limbaugh has attacked mostly people of color. He talks about Hispanics and has openly muses that when he met Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa he thought he was a shoe shine guy. Yes, he has said negative things about Arlen Specter switching parties, but that is just anger from someone how just got jilted. I have listened to his show and sometimes he is entertaining and most of the time he appears to be at his racist best. You can catch him on the AM dial spewing his hate and discontent. He has attack Colin Powell saying that Powell only supports Barack Obama because he was black. I was wondering when Colin told him that, especially since Colin explained to the world why he chose to support Barack Obama. If that is Rush’s criteria for supporting individuals then it would be fair to assume that Rush only supports people who are white. Limbaugh has trashed Michael Steele another black person for calling him and “entertainer”, when Rush has called himself an entertainer, curious.

Rush is the Emininen of talk radio because he sparks controversy for attention, or ratings and he is a white male that usually picks on people who he knows are weaker then him. I mean really making fun of Michael J Fox and his Parkinson’s Disease, and that’s a show. Rush says whatever he wants then hides behind his party, mic, or the freedom of speech. This is a person who admittedly was hooked on Oxycontin (a street drug by the way) and was charged with doctor shopping, which means you have a serious problem. Apparently he is tired of using the accepted racial code word/phrases like “Socialist” (ooohhh), “Spade”, “Affirmative Action”. I don’t see how hoping, wishing, and praying that this administration fails helps anybody that is tantamount to being in a boat going towards the waterfall and refusing to pick up an oar to help row. But then again this is the same fellow who said “We’re discovering WMD’s all over Iraq!”

At the White House Correspondents’ Dinner Wanda Sykes‘ routine was funny and she is a comedian so why are people upset? Do they believe the propaganda that comes from the Limbaugh Show? Is Rush just saying the things that some would like to but are afraid to say? Rush can dish it out, the party can dish it out, but they can’t take it. It is about time people started to stand up and and think for themselves. I know it is a novel concept but talking advice and political positions from people who are obviously disturbed can’t be normal? If it is normal then it is only indicative of all the things wrong with the US. Now Rush is unleashing his newest racial code phrase “Forced Reparations”. Limbaugh you should just say what you really want to say. Why spend all of that mental energy coming up with ways to cover up how you really feel. Rush is clearly someone who hasn’t read my book or any book of substance because his ideas are antiquated. We don’t need censorship and it is everyone’s duty to combat ignorance. We don’t need a laundry list of facts and figures. We don’t need long drawn out articles from a media which has failed us pointing out who is right and who is wrong. And we definitely don’t need more hate. We need to hold people accountable.

Limbaugh is but one of many court jesters, who will probably call out Wanda but that would merely be one act calling out another. The ultimate test of whether or not your position is right is to see how it stand up in the face of the opposing view. I don’t mean the usual taking things out of context, or picking on sick people, or laughing at the misfortunes of others. Rush it is your show and you can have whoever you want on it. So why not invite Wanda. Invite Randi Rhodes. Hell, invite me ….we will all listen. Sometime you have to question your leaders even if they are de facto ones. Apparently Rush Limbaugh is not only out of ideas, he is out of Hope perhaps it isn’t strange at all.