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OPRAH GREED FEST AIRS TODAY

Today's OPRAH touted itself as "the biggest show of the year" and featured Oprah opening and displaying her "favorite" gifts on a stage packed to the ceiling with fancy wrapped packages and before an audience of what looked like upper middle class and upper class soccer moms and junior corporate wives.
I've just seen 15 minutes of the most disgusting display of conspicuous consumption on network television . . . 15 minutes was all I could stand to watch. Today's OPRAH touted itself as "the biggest show of the year" and featured Oprah opening and displaying her "favorite" gifts on a stage packed to the ceiling with fancy wrapped packages and before an audience of what looked like upper middle class and upper class soccer moms and junior corporate wives. As these self-entitled ladies screamed and clapped, Oprah introduced one item after another, giving short promotional commercials for each corporation and manufacturer and then -- in many cases -- announced that EVERYONE IN THE STUDIO AUDIENCE would be taking home a bla-bla or a bla-bla, worth $300, $500, $1,000, and up. Every once and awhile grown men dressed as elves would plunge into the crowd of screaming, grasping ladies to hand out the booty. As far as I could tell, none of the audience members needed the expensive items they were going to go away from the studio laden with. Some of them even looked disappointed when they didn't get to choose the color of their cashmere sweater. It probably wouldn't have made for as "pretty" television, but imagine what it might have been like if Oprah had only invited unemployed women or mothers in families were the father was unemployed, through no fault of their own, over this holiday season. Imagine how much more the gifts might have meant to these people. Maybe I'm getting far too cynical in this age of harder and harder times, but do we really need another program or hand-out for the well-to-do? Interested in what others think.
Bet You Didn't Know It Was Christmas Already 24.Nov.2003 16:52

Bad Santa

Just caught the end of this and they're doing the thing I hate above all else . . . playing Christmas music and celebrating Christmas when it's not even Thanksgiving yet. Plus you will be *glad* to know that if you were not one of the fortunate few in the audience getting freebees, Oprah flashed her website address frequently where you could go to "find out all about how to order my favorite things"! I wonder, in addition to donating hundreds of free samples, how much each company paid to get featured on this "celebration of expensive things most of us can't afford and nobody needs" program?

Oprah 24.Nov.2003 21:28

ich

Oprah and her Oprah-related entities exist as "feel good" therapy for selfish, smug, and soulless middle-class women and their aspirants. However, Oprah really seems to want to be (or to be seen as) a humanitarian. Maybe if enough people wrote to Oprah with your suggestion, she might change her tune?

She's out of touch 25.Nov.2003 03:09

anonymous

That's so 90's.

more on Oprah 25.Nov.2003 11:02

secret

She owns nine homes/condos. Nine!!!! Why anyone needs that many properties is beyond me. Same woman asking us to look to our inner strength, blah blah blah.

Ya right... 26.Nov.2003 01:23

Zach

I'm with you on this 'Coal in our Stocking', I didn't see the show, but it sounds like I too would have not been able to stomach it. Although I probably would have continued to watch, because I am such a glutton for punishment. I love Michael Moore, but when he says shit like 'Oprah for President,' I have to wonder about him.

Michael likes her 'cause she's Black 26.Nov.2003 21:27

anonymous

He can't see past her color. That's the way of the great White savior.