i have never really liked her. i've always been leery of her power and persuasion. years ago, i ran across this article that made me think about why people watch her show. the article claims that the oprah show stresses people out, however, it could be that people who are stressed gravitate toward her show. does watching it give them hope? solace? a solution?
a few months ago there was an email going around that was "so shocking!" i watched the video and was like, "who cares?" (if you want to see it...)
why? should i, as a woman, wife and mother, CARE about what oprah thinks about religion and God? why should it be shocking to me? when i look for spiritual guidance, my TV set is the last place i go (unless it's conference weekend). i look to my church, the clergy and the scriptures. just like when i need to make a decision about a political candidate, i listen to them directly and to educated people of the political arena, instead of watching the media or hollywood and other sources that have NO political background. (like why does brooke shields tell me what kind of toothpaste i should buy? shouldn't i ask my dentist? this of course is a whole other arena of conversation.... sorry for the tangent) i thought it was extremely ironic that my church girlfriends were forwarding this "shocking" email about oprah's religious views. seriously, i could care less.
the reason for this post is because i saw a teaser yesterday for the oprah show. and thought, hmmm, that looks interesting, so i tivo'd it. it was about a woman, who in her hectic life, left her 2 yr old daughter in the car all day and totally spaced it. the little girl died... it was horrible! my heart went out to this woman because i see how it is totally possible to do this. just yesterday i almost left mason in the car while taking other kids into the school for an hour. he was being so quiet and as i was locking and shutting the doors after the last kid got out i heard little mason say, "mommy, don't leave me here!" i don't know how long it would have been until i remembered he was there, had he not said anything! so, i totally felt for this woman and even shed a tear, like "this could have been me!"
second half of the show, she had on a bunch of "overwhelmed" mothers just whining and complaining about how hard it is to be a mom. she even set up a hot line for women to call in and whine. then to help the women, she had this zen meditation guy... i'm like, "what does he know about being a mother?" at the end of the show, it was wrapped up by placing a lot of blame on the men. women need to get their husbands to do more, so we dont have to be so stressed all the time.
i turned off the TV and thought.... i work 2 jobs and have 3 young boys. my husband works 2 jobs and goes to school. i'm not stressed. there are stressful moments, but i can usually turn it around. i thought, this is exactly what's wrong, we ask too much of the men. husbands do so much more for wives now than they ever did! we should be thanking them, not asking them to do more! and if our lives are hectic and overwhelming, only we can fix that. i also believe that women should not work outside the home. (i realized that this isn't always possible) but i do see people that have lots of toys (like boats, nice cars, and even airplanes) who claim that mom HAS to work. people are too materialistic (okay i'm one of them!) and have priorities out of whack and i felt like that oprah segment just tried to justify all of that.
i know that oprah platform a lot of times is to educate the public on the atrocities of our world and society. my only response to these episodes are "i know bad things happen in the world, but i don't need to bring them into my home everyday. my times is much better served leaving the TV off and playing play-doh with my kids."
i must also give oprah some kudos... she has done wonderful things for people all over the world. she is an advocate for many good causes. i do not think that she is the anti-christ, i do not think she's evil, but i do think that she has way too much pull on society, especially the women! i also don't like how she uses her power and money as a political platform. what does oprah know about how to run a country? or who should be president? she's a talk show host with no relevant education and way too many contradicting ideas in her overflowing mind. (sorry, obviously i'm no obama supporter, but i'm not a mccain supporter either!)
i have many friends that love oprah and will continue to do so. they are still my friends and i love them dearly. we all have our vices (i'd much rather eat some good brownies, therefore i'm
gluttonous!) for me, i just choose to not watch the oprah show... and this is why.....