Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Work it, Ofree

Say what you want about Oprah - or, as Jemele calls her, "Ofree" - she knows how to work it. When faced with something, she doesn't hide like a lot of punk-ass celebrities do. She calls a press conference and owns up.

Remember that mess with James Fry, the writer who wrote "A Million little pieces"? When the authenticity of the book was questioned, Oprah got all defensive, saying that she stood by her decision to choose book as part of her book club.

THEN it was revealed that Fry was a fraud and the book was bogus. Ofree could have said nothing and did nothing. But instead she owned up. She admitted that she made a mistake, and then focused an entire show around the idea of deception and plagiarism. THEN she got Fry back on her show and called him everything but a child of God. I thought she was going to get the belt and whup his butt like she was his mamma. She called him out hard.

So now, we have this scandal about one of her schools in Africa. Turns out of of the women in charge of taking care of the kids was a little bit crazy. Oprah, instead of saying "no comment" for several weeks, held a press conference and put it all out there, saying that she was devastated by what happened and that the woman was fired and all of that.

I was impressed. No matter how you feel about Ofree, she knows how to work it.

2 comments:

The First Domino said...

Insightful comments. What I find disturbing is that this South Africa school built by Oprah for young girls was, at times, soundly criticized by certain individuals.

I was pleased to see her hold her head up high and take on, at times, some very tough questions.

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