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Oprah....

I seriously want to know people's thoughts about this woman.

Thu. Mar 27, 5:26pm

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When women watch this show all the time they get all wrapped in trite stuff that has nothing to do with their actual life and the people and things that actually matter to them. What a waste.
But them again, my wife and I don't have a tv at all becasue we would rather play with our kids and hang out with each other with any spare time, so what do I know...

Thursday, March 27, 2008, 5:44 PM

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So you don't watch, yet you judge...interesting...

Thursday, March 27, 2008, 5:48 PM

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actually I judge because I don't watch...
read Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman and you will understand.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amusing_Ourselves_to_Death

"A brilliant, powerful and important book." - The Washington Post

It is not really about what she says...

Thursday, March 27, 2008, 6:18 PM

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Does that earlier opinion surprise you, coming from a man? Most of them despise Oprah and Dr Phil because they give us too much insight and get us to think about things that upset their happy happy homelife. Think about it - why would a man support the icon of female empowerment?

In any case, I like how Oprah is a fairly average person in a lot of respects - attractive but not stunning, smart but not genius, publicly struggles with her weight - and she gets it wrong sometimes. Like that autobiography author who turned out to be a total liar, giving away cars, and now the debunking of Airborne, a product she publicly backed. But she genuinely has a lot of heart, and you don't see that in too many tv personalities.

The downside: she presents an idyllic concept of sisterhood amongst women that just doesn't exist in reality. Even she is not immune to the odd moment of hypocrisy - she chose race over gender when choosing a political candidate to support.

Thursday, March 27, 2008, 6:29 PM

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Oooh...I was with you until the very end, 6:29! I don't quite get the race over gender criticism, but that's okay.

I think she's great. She empowers people to change their lives for the better. She lives it and she's changing the world for the better. Go Oprah!

Thursday, March 27, 2008, 6:39 PM

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Very interesting!! I watch what I can when I can...I work full time and I am about to go back to school full time, I was wondering bc my cousins adore her and I dont really know a lot about her. All I know is that she was backing a diet where you do a fat flush only drinking 500 calories a day and I wasn't very impressed with her judgment, considering she probably got permission from a doctor; and other women might not understand the entire diet but still go on it and hurt themselves terribly by NOT getting permission from their doctors. I hope that makes sense
I dont hate the woman...I think she does a lot for people and yes she does empower women...I just wanted to see the responses I would get! Thanks girls! And guy...

Thursday, March 27, 2008, 7:25 PM

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When she came "on the scene" twenty plus years ago, there really wasn't an empowering figure on TV that women could easily relate to. There was Sally Jesse Raphael and Phil Donohue, but they were more like an older aunt or uncle than pro-women champions. (Let's not even TALK about Geraldo Rivera!)
Oprah has many flaws, but her sustainability can be attributed to the fact that she gives women hope and the courage to believe in themselves. In a TV world surrounded by extreme makeover shows, she makes us believe we can do it- whatever "it" is.
It may seem silly that one woman can represent so much, but despite her many flaws and sometimes annoying delivery, she's done a lot in terms of inspiration, charity work, and motivation. Good for her!

Thursday, March 27, 2008, 9:01 PM

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I'm a woman and I think Oprah sucks!

Oprah is just annoying and she is racist. I watch Dr. Phil occaisionally if I am flipping stations I will tune in for a few minutes, but the whining people get on my nerves! Stop whining, do the right thing, get over it, and grow up. That simple. Same goes with the thread regarding fat people. Stop whining about your weight and do something about it. Get off the sofa and workout.

Thursday, March 27, 2008, 9:38 PM

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I was with you 6:29 until the end too... I personally think Oprah is great. I rarely get to watch her but I love her magazine and when I do get a chance to watch her show I enjoy it. But being in medical school it is difficult to get home by 5 to watch. Either way, Oprah publicly stated that just as she didn't pick a candidate because of her gender, she didn't pick one because of her race. Don't be so superficial... I'm pretty sure she knows how to formulate her own opinion without being influenced by race. *So I guess you will probably think every black person who votes for Obama will only vote for him because he's black. So I guess every white person will only vote for a white candidate huh? All seems racist to me!] And to the person that said Oprah was a racist... I kind of think that was funny... What would give you that opinion...? I think you must be one [a racist] yourself. Sad.

Thursday, March 27, 2008, 9:50 PM

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I like the Oprah show because I have discovered so many great and healthful tips over the years. I also like the show b/c it is usually smut free..no guests trying to figure out which of the eight men on the stage is the father of her baby! I have truly enjoyed Oprah herself over the years as well often coming to her defense as so many people I know have issues w/ her building schools and helping African childeren and not Americans...well she started w/ nothing and was abused and I feel that good for her helping her people and who she refers to as her daughters I mean she earned it, on the same note many people here in the states have been helped by her charity's and certainly have been encouraged to read by her. I feel that she has a lot of good qualities. I like her for that. The only issue is I do not agree w/ whom she wants for president. The truth is I wish all "show biz/actors" would stay out of the polotics headlines...that is not there job , but that is a whole different thread.

Thursday, March 27, 2008, 9:55 PM

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