“You cannot be my friend and use that word around me. It shows my age, but I feel strongly about it. … I always think of the millions of people who heard that as their last word as they were hanging from a tree.”
– Oprah Winfrey stars in the upcoming Lee Daniels film “The Butler,” about a Black man who works in the White House, and explained in an interview with Parade how she got Daniels to stop saying the N-word, as he put it, “quite a bit.” I don’t think Oprah’s opinion about that slur are showing her age; instead they show her commitment to social justice. Elsewhere in the interview, she is asked about what young people know about the civil rights movement today: “They don’t know diddly-squat. Diddly-squat!” [Parade] [Image via Fame/Flynet]
I don’t really watch OWN, Oprah’s network-facing grasp at world domination, so I really miss my daily 4 p.m. check in with OWins. It seems I’m not the only one, as the folks over at Beloved have fashioned a sweatshirt from Ms. Winfrey’s face. Writ large across the body of the sweatshirt, this garment says, “I have no problems wearing someone else’s face all over my body.” If my life had gone in a different direction, one in which novelty sweatshirts were my main source of amusement, I would buy up everything on this site. [$59, Beloved]
Oprah made an appearance in Vancouver yesterday, with tickets going for upwards of $350. But not everyone was overjoyed about the Big O’s Canadian visit. Glen Callender, founder of the Canadian Foreskin Awareness Project, was there, along with his supporters, to protest Oprah’s endorsement of SkinMedica, a line of beauty products made with “foreskin fibroblast.” Winfrey has called the product her “magic fountain of youth and miracle wrinkle cream.” Callender compared Oprah’s endorsement of SkinMedica to the condoning female genital mutilation. Keep reading »
Terry fucking Richardson, get your dirty, high-contrast hands off of Oprah Winfrey! [Photo: Terry Richardson/Harper's Bazaar]
We fell in love with Zach Anner when we saw his early submission to Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network’s “Next Reality Star” competition. Wheelchair-bound Zach, who was born with cerebral palsy, wanted to make a travel show, showing that his disability wasn’t going to stop him from exploring the world around him. Zach won us — and about a zillion other fans — over with his quirky humor, and lucky for him and all of us, Zach got his own show. These days he’s traversing the globe filming “Rollin’ With Zach.” Check out a short teaser above — featuring a theme song by John Mayer. [Oprah]
While some see Oprah’s fire walk as a publicity stunt to save OWN’s plummeting ratings, I see it as a sign that she hasn’t changed at all. She’s still the badass that took over daytime television and she intends to stay that way. She wouldn’t be Oprah if she didn’t come onstage with a wagon of fat, or live as a colonial woman for a week, or go on a road trip with Gayle, her not-lesbian lover. That is what Oprah does. She goes big. She makes noise. She goes to Anthony Robbins’ “Unleash Your Power Within” seminars and walks on hot coals to prove that those who achieve greatness take action. I refuse to hate on that. Mind over matter, girl! Show those coals who’s boss! [Limelife]
Pippa Middleton’s backside is already famous. If The Enquirer’s sources are accurate, we may be seeing a whole lot more of P-Middy from the front. Word on the ‘bloid circuit is that Oprah Winfrey is pursuing Pippa to become daytime royalty at OWN. Yes, you read that correctly, Pippa Middleton may get her OWN talk show. After the jump, some concepts for Pippa’s talk show, if it’s really happening, that is. [Celebitchy] Keep reading »
Is Oprah a Scientologist? Just Googling that question returns 127,000 results, so we know we’re not alone in asking.
On the heels of the announcement that Will and Jada Pinkett Smith would be guests on one of Oprah’s final shows, three things popped into my head: 1) random! 2) are they getting a reality series on OWN? and 3) man, she’s shared a lot of big, memorable moments with famous (alleged) Scientologists.
I mean, I’ve been convinced for months now that Oprah’s last show would be a tribute to her loyal viewers. (That’s thanks in large part to mainlining marathons of OWN’s ‘Oprah Behind the Scenes,’ on which Oprah is always saying it’s “for the fans.”) A walk down memory lane, a parting gift, in the spiritual sense, reminding them to pay it forward … not another chat with some fancy Hollywood A-listers! Read more… Keep reading »