April 22nd, 2010

I don’t like Oprah. There isn’t a reason behind it or anything, it’s just the way I feel. 

I often think when watching her show that the melodrama of it all is annoying and her facial expressions never really change, whether she’s happy, sad or giving away humpback whales. 

It always annoyed me that she gave away free cars. Not everyone needs a free car, especially when they have to pay for gas, insurance and taxes on that brand new freebie. 

I get mad with most of the give-aways. For instance, a few weeks ago I was forced to watch Oprah because the cast of “Glee” was on her show. She talked to them for awhile, but then doing her philanthropic duty took over. 

She brought in the best show choir in the nation, had them perform, and then gave them a brand new grand piano. That was all well and good, except these kids had just performed in head-to-toe flashy 17th century ball gowns and velvet suits that they had bought on their own. 

Coming from a show choir that was a little more Glee-esque with one broken, out of tune, old piano and thirteen-year-old hand-me-down costumes that made us look like hostesses, I became a little upset with Oprah for once again giving something to those who weren’t very needy. 

It sparked some anger and I changed my Facebook status to “I hate Oprah. I don’t know why; she just makes me angry.” It immediately sparked a response.  After eight comments and two likes, I found out that I wasn’t alone in my unjustified distaste for the woman. 

Many of the comments suggested I write my column on the matter, and what the public demands I deliver. So I sat down to write, but in the good sense of scholarship I decided I should be a little more educated on the topic. So I did what any self-respecting soon to be college graduate would do in my situation … I Wiki’d her. 

Turns out I can’t hate Oprah. I can disagree with what she does and a few of the ways she uses her money, but all in all, that woman deserves and has earned quite a bit of my respect. 

Did you know that her teenage mother raised her, in poverty? Her life didn’t get easier for a long time. She has been through an amazing amount of hardships, experiencing everything from rape to the loss of a child. She has overcome so much that it isn’t any wonder why she is so well-loved by the American population. 

Even though I can’t bring myself to love her, I have to admit that my opinion has been swayed a little bit. No, I still don’t agree she should have nearly as much power as she does. She has been called the most influential woman in the world and I think that’s a crock of hooey. She hosts a talk show for gosh sakes. 

I respect the fact that she took her life and turned it around to launch her own production company, magazine, book club, school for girls, and whatever else she has under her belt. As an entrepreneur she’s amazing; as a philanthropist she’s good, but could be a bit better; as a person she’s probably doing her best like everyone else out there. 

If there is one thing I’ve learned from Oprah, it’s the age-old tale of don’t judge a book by its cover. 

It’s easy to judge people and your initial interaction without getting to know them or anything about them, but it’s important to keep in mind that there is a whole life behind these people that you don’t even know about.  You can’t just decide someone is annoying or weird and hate them for no reason. 

Who knows, you could be missing out on your best friend.