“TISSUE PLEASE!” That’s Oprah — a rare one to raise her voice — at some lackey off-camera when she starts to cry during an interview with Barbara Walters. Babs had just asked Oprah about her super-duper-close friendship with Gayle King, which sent the tears a-flowin’. Said the big O:
“She’s the mother I never had. She is the sister everybody would want. She is the friend that everybody deserves. I don’t know a better person.”
Then klassy Barbara asks about the “dumb rumors” — [stage whisper] you know, the lesbian ones!
“Well, I have said we are not gay enough times. I am not gay. I am not lesbian. I’m not even kinda lesbian. And the reason why it irritates me is because somebody must think I’m lying. That’s number one. Number two, why would you want to hide it?”
Well put, Oprah. It’s absolute BS that powerful women, especially single women, are dogged with lesbian rumors to try to take them down. Oprah has dealt with these rumors with characteristic dignity.
I never thought I’d see the day when Oprah cries on TV, though.