Monday, October 12, 2009
Here I am, defending Oprah
There's a Facebook group out there called 1 Million Servers Strong Against Oprah's Comments. Her comments? That people should save money in a recession by only tipping 10 percent at restaurants. That's outrageous, right? How dare a multi-millionaire go on national television and basically take money from hard working regular folks who rely on tips to pay bills and feed their children?

Well, she never said that. Didn't say it. This Facebook group is based on a lie. And they don't seem to care, because it's still active.

I'm not an Oprah fan, meaning that I rarely if ever watch her show and have never opened her magazine. I think sometimes she has too much influence on issues of popular culture, but this case is an example of a herd mentality trying to use that influence against her.

I don't think this rumor was started by restaurant servers, though. It was obviously started by cheap bastards who don't want to tip properly. "Oprah told me to cut your income by over a third. Sorry."

Every few years there's an "Oprah Rumor". Several years ago it went around that Tommy Hilfiger went on her show and said he didn't want black people to buy his clothes. And a lot of folks believed it! Yeah, because that's what successful businessmen like to do; tell a segment of society they don't want their money. And if you're going to be racist on national television, is there a more sympathetic venue than the Oprah Winfrey Show? Of course not. Jeeeezus.

Even before that, there was a rumor that Liz Claiborne used an appearance on Oprah's show to announce her allegiance to Satan (stop laughing) and proclaim that all profits from her empire went to glorify the Prince of Darkness. Once again, this makes perfect sense. People love to work for years to build their businesses into huge conglomerates only to destroy it all by claiming to be an agent of evil.

So if these ridiculous rumors could take hold in a pre-internet society, there was no way this "tipping ten percent" bullshit wasn't going to sweep across the world. Believe me, I have sympathy for servers who are making less money now, just like I have sympathy for workers who have lost their jobs altogether; it's just that their anger is misguided and a prime example of the kind of lemmings-like behavior that just naturally pisses me off.


Blogger lp said...

sometimes you post shit that makes me wonder, oh why did he have to go there. and then you make me wuv you again.

tommy hilfiger also said asians shouldn't wear his clothes. then he went on oprah and refuted this. i still won't buy his ugly stuff, though.

I recently added My Right Wing Dad to my blogroll so I could keep abreast of these idiotic kinds of things.

Blogger Ćœbermilf said...

Why don't they pin more stuff on Maury Pauvich?

Blogger Ian McGibboney said...

After receiving an e-mail about Obama being a secret Muslim during the 2008 campaign, I replied with the very Snopes link that was in the message, saying everything in it was a lie. He basically said, "I don't care if it's not true. I still believe it." Then his friends chimed in, having his back and chewing me out.

I'm not an Oprah-phile either, but i don't understand the irrational hatred towards her. I find it generally comes from those who adhere to Rush or Beck with equal fervor and no sense of irony.

We're learning a lot about the ugliness of human nature these days.

Blogger Eric Riback said...

If you're gonna talk logic, I don't wanna chit-chat!

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