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Why Oprah is Crazy

When I had my first baby in 1987, I found myself newly graduated from college and newly out of a paying job. I wasn’t sure how to keep my brain intact whilst whiling away the hours, topless on the couch, trying to figure out that nursing thing.

I tried reading, but had trouble with the balance issue and it always left an indelible book jacket dent on Jessica’s tiny skull.

So, I resorted to watching educational programs — like the brand new, daytime talk show called Oprah.

I was learning really important things about critical issues of the day like her umpteenth weight loss, what not to wear this summer, and wives confess they are gay.

One day Oprah did an entire show about carjacking. A woman came on who had lived through a nightmare. (OK, most of Oprah’s guests have “lived through a nightmare,” but that’s beside the point.) The woman had been shopping with her kids and went back to her car to go home. She put the kids in the car, buckled them up, and went back to unload the groceries. As she did so, a thug came up behind her, whacked her, grabbed her keys, got in the car and drove away…with her kids. (Later all were recovered safely.)

At the conclusion, Oprah’s sage parenting advice was along these lines:

When you go shopping, do not put your children in car seats while you put the groceries in the car. Keep them safe with you.

I’m sitting there nursing my baby just a regular stay-at-home mom, no media mogul thinking, “Are you insane?”

So, which do you think is more likely to happen and which should you first move to prevent:

  1. Kid falls out of cart or cart (with kid) rolls away while you’re loading groceries or trunk door whacks kid in head or kid trips on a pothole and breaks a limb or kid gets finger smashed in trunk door or roaming car hits cart (with kid in it) or kid runs into parking lot and gets hit by roaming car or…
  2. Car is hijacked by a crazed felon

That was the day I could no longer pretend that watching Oprah had any redeeming value in my life and turned her off for good. Long may she reign.

Golly. I’ve wanted to get that off my chest for two decades. I feel purged.

{ 18 comments… add one }
  • missbrown February 28, 2008, 5:15 pm

    I think the one that did it for me was the one she told new moms she understood what they were going through, because she has had PUPPIES. Or maybe it was the one where she said that marriage wasn’t really relevant in today’s society… or maybe… I’ll just stop.

  • agardner February 28, 2008, 5:55 pm

    Alison, I’m glad I gave you the impetus to purge this memory after all these years! 🙂

  • agardner February 28, 2008, 5:56 pm

    Can I also say that if I ever happen to turn it on and Martha Beck is there…arghhh.

  • Michelle D February 28, 2008, 6:23 pm

    I haven’t watched Oprah in years. Thanks for reminding me that I’m not missing much! :rolling:

  • anaseath March 7, 2008, 9:12 am

    Thanks so much for coming out and saying you think Oprah is crazy! I have thought this pretty much since being married and having a kid myself, and I find I feel alone in this most of the time. So thank-you! Good to know I’m not the only mother in America who thinks Oprah is completely overrated.

  • Alison Moore Smith March 7, 2008, 1:01 pm

    Welcome to the forum, anaseath.

    I guess the thing that irks me is that she can present utterly nonsensical stuff and everyone falls in line because the O said it. At least THINK about what she says first.

  • Alison Moore Smith March 7, 2008, 1:02 pm

    OK, the other thing that irks me is when people start quoting her and promoting her and I think, “Don’t you have ANYTHING better to do with those FIVE HOURS every week???”

  • spitfire March 7, 2008, 3:14 pm

    I went to a “Time Out for Women” in which Sherry Dew commented on Oprah! It’s been a while but long story short. She went to work the Monday after a General RS Conference. All the “girls” at the office (assuming D.Book) were standing around the “water cooler” taking about a particular subject & were saying “well Oprah said this & Oprah said that”. So, S. Dew said, “how many of you went to RS Gen. Conference?” (can you even imagine her asking you that?) Anyway, she got the list of excuses i.e. I didn’t know when it was & I didn’t have a babysitter, etc. So, in typical S.D. way she says “How hard is it? It’s the last Saturday in September & has been for years, it’s only once a year!” She went on to say that the very topic “they” had been dicussing was actually addressed in the RS Gen. Conference that year & the women who were talking knew Oprah’s view but not the Prophet’s! She never mentioned the subject. Sis. Dew went on to tell us how much time & effort goes into the RS Gen. Conf & how it is the one time of the year that we as LDS women get to have the Prophet all to ourselves. His only focus is US!!!

    So…….I promptly came home after that talk & “un-TIVO’d” Oprah. Have to admit that I still record her when she has certain guests esp. about finances or medical stuff, but the rest I just leave alone. I am more interested in her guests than her opinions. I really like the talks on budgeting & debt. We are a debt free family but I am always striving to cut corners somewhere & save, save, save….

    So that’s my take on Oprah…

  • facethemusic March 7, 2008, 3:52 pm

    :swingin::thumbup: Go Sister Dew!!!!! :thumbup::swingin:

  • east-of-eden March 7, 2008, 3:58 pm

    It’s funny, I’ve had several friends bug me and my sister about “we have to watch Oprah, or Rachel Ray, or whatever talk show.” So, we both tried one or the other show I can’t remember for about 5 mins and decided this was not for us…I just don’t see the draw in her, or daytime TV really. It’s funny too, on our local news the other day they were advertising a story for the 10PM news titled, “Is there too much Oprah?? My DH looked up and said dryly, “Yes.” So there it was for our house.

  • Alison Moore Smith March 7, 2008, 4:19 pm

    Killer line, Sister Dew. Wah!

    Speaking of media, anyone else see the movie Bonneville? Kind of a sleeper starring Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Joan Allen, and Tom Skerritt. Now, hold onto your hats, the three female leads are all MORMON. THe first two…ahem… lapsed, the last active.

    There were a couple of those moments that bugged me with inaccuracies, but overall Joan was a pretty good Mormon Momma.

  • davidson March 8, 2008, 8:56 am

    Sounds interesting, Alison. And I admire you for being proactive about your beliefs, Spitfire.

  • nanacarol March 8, 2008, 3:34 pm

    I watch Oprah once in a while. I turn it on and if it doesn’t sound good off it goes. I was enjoying her town hall meetings. You learn alot about how others see the political things. One time I was watching was when it was a follow up on the new book that has taken everyone by storm. For the life of me I can’t remember the name, but it was really going to turn your life around. After hearing some of the comments, I turned it off. I realized the scriptures lead us to happiness!!! Didn’t need that book. Even a mormon relative said it was to great we should invest in it. I said no thanks–we have the Book of Mormon!

  • mollymormon March 8, 2008, 8:23 pm

    I don’t remember every actually watching an Oprah show before! I think it’s because after dh & I moved to our first “real job” after graduating from college, I was stuck in a hotel room for three weeks, sick as a dog (pregnant, but didn’t know it.) All I did was watch daytime television and that was enough to cure me from ever watching it again. Feeling so nauseated and watching crappy tv kicked any desire to ever do that right out of me, lol!

  • Alison Moore Smith March 9, 2008, 9:47 pm

    Whenever I was horrendously morning sick, I tried to watch four-five episodes of “A Baby Story” on the Discovery Channel. Since I was always threatening miscarriage, it was this horribly masochistic thing–watching everyone ELSE have beautiful, healthy babies.

  • kiar March 10, 2008, 9:21 am

    I did that too. for some reason when i an preggers, i watch the grossest shows, like medical shows, and ER and a baby story. My husband used to crack up at me the last pregnancy when I would watch baby shows, and yell at the screen! I had been working in a birthing center, so of course I knew everything about labor and delivery!:wink: It made me mad when the nurses did something I didn’t agree with, or the mom was a screamer. (granted some women need to scream) He kept asking me, if it made me so mad, why did I watch it? I had no answer.:tongue:

  • Melanie Lemon September 28, 2011, 12:54 pm

    Oprah is in pursuit of truth and on the whole is really helping people (especially people who don’t have the knowledge we do in the church). I would never have known or had the courage to ask my husband if he was gay without having watched an episode of Oprah’s where husbands “came out” to their wives. That doesn’t happen to US right? We’re LDS, we were married in the Temple. Wrong. I am grateful to Oprah for giving me courage to find out the truth. I don’t put undue attention to Oprah though. Moderation in all things – more attention is given to the word of the Lord in our home, but Oprah isn’t all bad. She truly has touched the lives of MANY people. Her work in Africa is truly amazing. Why so judgemental?

  • Alison Moore Smith September 28, 2011, 5:53 pm

    Hi, Melanie. Welcome to Mormon Momma.

    I have to tell you that I always think it’s funny to be judged as being judgmental. There’s kind of a funny circularity in that, isn’t there. 🙂

    It’s been almost four years since I wrote that post. I don’t have time to go over it carefully, but I do recall the issue. I don’t begrudge Oprah her success. She’s worked hard and made the most of her talents. My problem is that she has millions of people who are influenced by her (some very heavily influenced), yet her positions often lack common sense (such as the example given) and real value. Just grabbing the latest bit of “expert advice” and promoting it to the masses isn’t necessarily wise or helpful and can, in fact, be harmful.

    I’m glad you found her show helpful, but at least think about the reality of the show you refer to. I haven’t seen it (obviously) and so can only speak to what you wrote, but it strikes me as very problematic.

    …an episode of Oprah’s where husbands “came out” to their wives…

    So Oprah hosts an episode where she brings married women — on TV — to find out — in front of millions of viewers — that their husbands are gay. Now, that might be the “pursuit of truth” but it’s certainly doing it — and making a hefty sum — at the expense of others. For heaven’s sake, would you ever, ever, ever want to be given such devastating news in front of a gazillion voyeuristic women? How about that your husband was having an affair? Or that your child wasn’t really yours? Or that you were dying of cancer?

    Would you feel better about it if you were told that someone, somewhere was going to be “helped” because they saw the show and now had “courage” enough to hire a detective to follow their husbands around to catch him doing the other woman?

    Go ahead and tell me publicly that I won the Nobel Prize or that I will be inheriting a millions dollars. But I don’t know anyone who wants to be learn about private, personal, devastating news at the same time a mass of strangers do. Especially when the mass of strangers is made up of people who are entertained by watching other people get private, personal, devastating news.

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