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This has been a very good year for Oprah Winfrey. Her OWN Network is seeing some of its highest ratings thanks to some hit Tyler Perry shows, and she’s literally getting Oscar buzz, New York Times shine and the cover of Hollywood Reporter for her work in Lee Daniels’ The Butler. But with some of her biggest non-talk show success comes some of her biggest detractors, and many of them have come out of the woodworks as The Queen of Talk has become more talkative and outspoken than ever about her experiences and the reality of racism. Check out some of the D-listers, sore losers and professional haters who threw shade at Oprah Winfrey this year.
As the world mourns and celebrates the life and legacy of freedom fighter Nelson Mandela, some of our favorite celebrities have reflected on time they spent with the anti-apartheid leader and what his presence in their lives meant to them. We also found a few touching images of celebrities with Mandela that we thought we’d share.
We will forever draw strength and inspiration from Nelson Mandela’s extraordinary example of moral courage, kindness, and humility. -mo
It’s true little that comes out of the mouth of Roseanne Barr should ever shock us, but we still were a little taken back by some unkind words she said about Oprah Winfrey. It seems the actress and comedienne isn’t too fond of the media mogul and she had no qualms letting the world know when an unsuspecting tweeter suggested Roseanne try to get a show on OWN. Her response?
@sundynightlive she is NOT a good person to work for. seriously narcissistic, absent. She hangs out w retards all day who kiss her fat ass!
— Roseanne Barr (@TheRealRoseanne) November 30, 2013
Um OK then.
It’s not clear what exactly sparked Roseanne’s outburst, but from that Oprah moment on, she went on an anti-Hollywood tirade, proclaiming she’d never work in television again and what morons everyone in the industry are. We’re pretty sure Oprah wasn’t going to be knocking on Rosie’s door anyway, but she better hope her “Roseanne” well doesn’t run dry and she needs an “Oprah’s Next Chapter” special to dredge up interest in her again. Check out the rest of Roseanne’s rant below. What do you think about what she said?
I’m never going to work in television again. I’m never going to even attempt it. I feel as if I’ve been insulted/assaulted for over a year.
— Roseanne Barr (@TheRealRoseanne) November 30, 2013
actually, for many years-from my first reality show to my second and two failed development deals. Don’t call me-I won’t call you. I’m gone. — Roseanne Barr (@TheRealRoseanne) November 30, 2013
here’s my advice: if u know something is wrong frm the start, don’t try2 make it work-don’t excuse ppl’s insensitivity. They never improve. — Roseanne Barr (@TheRealRoseanne) November 30, 2013
Oprah will team up with Diablo Cody to create a comedy based on Dr. Julie Holland’s new book, Moody Bitches.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show, set to be developed by HBO, will pull directly from the pages of Dr. Holland’s own life as a psychiatrist. As the book’s extended title suggests, the upcoming series will take a closer (and funny look) at “the truth about the drugs you’re taking, the sex you’re not having, the sleep you’re missing and what’s really making you crazy.”
This sounds like it’ll be good! Read the rest over on ESSENCE.com and find out whether or not Oprah will actually be part of the cast!
Ohhh, we’ve got a live one here, folks! Leave it to our sister site, Bossip to dig up AlfonZo Rachel (no, the capital “z” is not a typo – that’s how he writes his name) and his thoughts on Oprah Winfrey and her comments about racism.
Before we even get to that, it should be noted that Rachel describes himself as a “conservative” and a “republican” so perhaps many of his comments won’t come as a surprise. Yes, as you can see, he’s African-American.
Rachel posted a new video on the “ZoNation” show with his commentary regarding Oprah’s recent comments saying she believes a lot of the disrespect President Barack Obama receives from Congress occurs because he is African-American. While Winfrey has always been a supporter of President Obama, her very blunt comments about racism in the political world took many by surprise.
AlfonZo Rachel first lashed out by saying that Oprah was whining and asked, “How are a bunch of so called ‘racist’ white people making you rich while making Obama fail at the same time? And with all the white people you have as fans, there ain’t enough left over to make a problem for Obama.”
He continued by saying the race card is the card of the cowardly and by calling others racist, it protects them (the cowards) from admitting their failures. Further, he believes it is very racist to call white people racist and makes non-white people think they’re better than white people.
You’ve got to listen to Alfonzo Rachel’s point of view, including him saying that most of his hate mail comes from liberal Democrats and he “guesses” there are “some racist Republicans” but he’s never met them.
Does he have a point or is he just rambling?
Just when folks were starting to speculate that there was some underlying tension between the Obamas and Oprah, we learned, today she was at the White House accepting the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
It’s not often that celebrities or media personalities receive these awards but…it’s Oprah so apparently folks made an exception. Plus her personal story and the trajectory of her career certainly make her worthy. According to The Washington Post, Winfrey got the award for being “one of the world’s most successful broadcast journalists” and philanthropists. The highest honor that can be bestowed upon a civilian, the Presidential Medal of Freedom was given to 16 people, including feminist writer and women’s rights activist Gloria Steinem, Washington Post editor Benjamin C. Bradlee and former president Bill Clinton. President Obama saved Clinton for last and thanked him for his advice, counsel and his work on helping natural disaster victims.
The Medal was also bestowed, posthumously, to Bayard Rustin, the openly gay civil rights leader who worked alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The Post reports that when the president spoke about Oprah, he said: “…her bosses told her she should change her name to Susie. I have to pause here to say, I got the same advice. Oh, they didn’t say I should be named Susie, but they suggested I should change my name.”
He went on asserting that Oprah is living proof of the tenacity of the human spirit, referencing Oprah’s “childhood of poverty and abuse to the pinnacle of the entertainment universe.”
At the end of the ceremony, President Obama made these remarks:
“I hope we carry away from this a reminder of what JFK understood to be the essence of the American spirit. Some of us may be less talented, but we all have the opportunity to serve and to open people’s hearts and minds in our smaller orbits. So I hope that everybody’s been inspired as I have been, participating in being with these people here today.”
Congratulations to Lady O!
You can watch video of the ceremony below.
Most black folk can tell you about their most memorable shopping experience -and I’m not talking about that fly pair of boots they purchased or how much they paid for it – but how they were treated from the moment they set foot inside the store. We are watched with hawk-like eyes by store clerks, yet ignored as if we don’t even exist when looking for assistance. Our money isn’t the same, even if we have plenty of it.
Look at what just happened with Trayon Christion at Barneys New York. He purchased a $350 Salvatore Ferrago belt with his hard-earned money, but was arrested by undercover cops. He was told black people don’t have that kind of money and that he was part of some sort of credit card scam — even after he produced the receipt for the merchandise and his ID.
Unfortunately, this is nothing new under the sun and celebs’ superstar status doesn’t make them immune to racial discrimination. Here’s a look at celebs who’ve been racially profiled while shopping, as well as those who were stopped just for being black period.
After being pulled over for making an illegal left turn, Perry says police officers roughed him up. He says he only made that turn because he was being followed. Perry complained about his experience on his Facebook page. Thank goodness he wasn’t his gun wielding, alter ego Madea, because that situation would have gone from bad to worse real quick.
One thing I’ll say about Oprah Winfrey is that she does not shy away from the discussion of race like so many black folks in her tax bracket…er, well, at least close to her tax bracket anyway.
Not too long ago, the queen of all media caused an international stir when she discussed an incident of shopping while black where she was denied proper service while looking at a $38,000 Tom Ford purse at an upscale boutique in Zurich. In the same month, she had the conservative blogs in a tizzy over comments she made in an interview with Anderson Cooper, about whether or not race played a role in George Zimmerman shooting Trayvon Martin, to which she responded, “Hellz Yeah. Duh!” Okay, I lied. What she really said was this:
“A lot of people, they think if they’re not using the N-word themselves, they actually, physically are not using the N-word themselves and do not have, harbor ill will towards black people, that it’s not racist. But, you know, to me it’s ridiculous to look at that case and not to think that race was involved.”
Then last week came reports of another interview in which Winfrey talked about racism, more specifically how not a single black person has risen above its hateful and destructive glare – not even the literal H.N.I.C also known as Barack Obama. According to the BBC, Oprah said, “There’s a level of disrespect for the office that occurs in some cases and maybe even many cases because he’s African American,” she said. “There’s no question about that. And it’s the kind of thing no one ever says, but everybody’s thinking it.”
Right on, Oprah! For all the chatter and gossip about Winfrey’s lack of consciousness when it comes to race-talk in America, it certainly appears like she has no problem with calling out every single bit of it – even when she technically doesn’t have to. In the same interview she also had this to say:
“There are still generations of people, older people, who were born and bred and marinated in it, in that prejudice and racism, and they just have to die.”
And that is where she kind of lost me.
I kind of get what she’s saying: The United States of America was founded largely on racist principles, specifically the institution of slavery and the alienation of Native American tribes and thievery of their lands. And since its inception, the country has gone to great lengths to ensure that brown folks of all ethnicities are marginalized in society. Like it or not, racism is as American as apple pie and the thought that it will ever stop abiding by anything other than what its founders had intended does not seem naive.
But the idea that waiting out racism as a course of action to bring about a more just and equal society just seems defeatist. For one, they will never die. Because just like us good, non-racists folks, the bigoted generation that marinated in all that prejudice and racism can and did procreate. And odds are that they passed and will pass the same sort of mental dysfunction down to the next generations of little bigots. Like this mother, who thought it would be cute to dress her kid as a K.K.Klan member for Halloween based upon “tradition”; Or this future leader of tomorrow’s now viral rant about those annoying hordes of Asians with “poor manners” at UCLA; Or this genius here, who while probably closer to Winfrey’s age, is trying to build an all-white town in North Dakota so that all the little racists can live together in perfect Aryan supremacy harmony. To re-conceptualize the words of the late great comedian Robin Harris, racists don’t die, they just multiply.
I remember being a little brown-skinned girl in the Philadelphia public school system in the ’80s, listening as my elementary school teacher gave a presentation for Black History Month on who else but Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We didn’t learn about Dr. King’s opposition to the Vietnam War or his condemnation of U.S. policies, which help create the poor. Instead, our teacher, a young and overly-enthused white woman still high off of her foray into the inner-city school system, taught us from the pages of King’s more racially harmonious speeches and told us about this colorblind utopia our generation was going to bring about. More specifically, how our diverse generation, with our interracial games on the playground and shared love for New Kids on The Block and M.C. Hammer were the cure all to the nation’s problems. “Racism is really part of America’s past now and you guys are proof. By the time you all grow up, everyone is going to be even mixed up and you’ll see a change in society,” she said.
Being young and impressionable, my whole class soaked up that nonsense like a sponge. Many moons later, my ambitious teacher was right that folks are indeed slightly more “mixed” up racially than we have been before, however, folks are still pretty much racist, a point especially made after the election of the first black president. Likewise, the political, social and economic conditions of the historically marginalized have stagnated, if not become even worse. Clearly, waiting for the racists to sober up, breed out or die off is just not working. Nope. Addressing racism has to be intentional, and it needs to be called out and shamed. It has to come by way of righting past wrongs and ensuring that the system does create new ones. But ignoring racism will never make it die out, instead, it just gives it an unchallenged and unchecked platform to fester and breed into normalcy–like the Tea Party.
This Sunday, Oprah is sitting down with the renowned Al Sharpton to discuss how his work as a Civil Rights leader has changed over the years, why he made the decision to get healthy and his beginnings as a preacher. Stuff we probably already knew or wouldn’t be too surprised to learn about Al Sharpton. But in a surprising revelation, Sharpton talks about the moment that changed his life: his father leaving his family, taking Sharpton’s older, half sister with him and having a child with her. Yes, you read that correctly. And yes it was a complete a hot mess. Get the story from Sharpton himself in the transcript and video below.
On his father leaving his family
Sharpton: Well, I was already preaching in churches. We were living in Queens, Hollis, Queens, which was at that time like the suburbs.
Winfrey: Not just — not just preaching in churches but I love the story of you would — your mama made you a pulpit in the basement.
Winfrey: And you’d line up your sister’s dolls and preach to them.
Sharpton: I’d line the dolls up.
Winfrey: You were born to preach.
Sharpton: That was the best congregation I ever had. Not much of an offering but they never complained. So I had this idyllic suburban — I would have grown up to be the nice middle class black bourgeois league that I would attack later in life. That’s where I was.
Winfrey: That’s where you were headed.
Sharpton: That’s where I was headed.
Winfrey: Your father owned his own business.
Sharpton: Owned about 23 buildings in Brooklyn.
Sharpton: I wake up one morning, he’s gone. And not only is he gone, my oldest sister from my mother’s first marriage.
Winfrey: How old was she?
Sharpton: She was around 18.
Sharpton: Left with him and they had a child. And then they came and took my sister to live with them.
Watch the video of the exchange below.
For today’s WTF news, we need look no further than designer Peggy Noland’s latest collection. If you’re not familiar, Peggy Noland is the woman behind Miley Cyrus’ Air Jordans and some rompers Rihanna wore during her tour. But I’m sure in the coming weeks, her name is going to get even more attention as the Missouri based designer just released several t-shirt and dresses which feature Oprah’s head photoshopped onto several unclothed bodies.
Noland sat down recently with New York Magazine, Noland attempts to explain the motivation behind the pieces and just manages to leave us more…disturbed.
New York Mag: Why Oprah?
This is a collaboration with designer [and Misbehave creative director] Sally Thurer. She’s the one who made the graphic. For me, it originated as kind of the age old [red] carpet question: Who are you wearing? And this clearly is: You’re wearing Oprah instead of a designer. Sally mentioned from the onset of this collaboration that one of Oprah’s most effective qualities is that she’s a placeholder, she’s a stand-in for you with her foibles and her failures — especially with her public weight issues. I’m interested and sensitive to this increased access that we have to celebrities and to all of their ups and downs, for better or worse. I feel like it’s kind of my own personal exploration and exploitation of just that.
New York Mag: Why unclothed Oprah?
There’s a David Nelson painting of the former mayor of Chicago, Harold Washington. He’s nude except for women’s lingerie. It caused this huge uproar in the late eighties in Chicago. It’s kind of an updated version of that. We feel very protective of our public figures. We don’t want them to be exposed that way, but we feel like they’re ours, too. The simpler, more lighthearted idea is that it’s like one of those bikini-printed beach shirts. I think there are some really meaningful philosophical layers. I can’t believe I just said “philosophical” when talking about a dress. We share a humorous underpinning to all our work. That’s why there’s unclothed Oprah with a KISS face. It can nod to how ridiculous the fashion industry is at times.
New York Mag: Do you think Oprah’s going to put this dress on her Favorite Things list?
Surely Oprah personally would not be excited about having our version of her nude body splashed on a dress for other people to wear, but I think it’s an interesting conversation to have about our access and our interest in people that we don’t know.
No Peggy I don’t think Oprah will be excited about this. In fact, you’ll be lucky if she decides not to sue both you and your collaborator for what I’m sure is the unapproved use of her image. While I understand the art and the statement they were trying to make with this piece, it’s sad and disgusting that this woman and her collaborator, who designed the graphic, are attempting to exploit “Oprah’s image” and the unclothed black body for attention and economic gain.