Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Oh Oprah!

Winfrey on the cover of O, The Oprah Magazine.Image via Wikipedia
Now there are Oprah scholars

From Oprah, the person, to the TV show, magazines, radio, tours, book club, the road to Oprah scholars may have been inevitable. Are there Rupert Murdoch scholars or Martha Stewart scholars?

In today's New York Post, The Oprah Syndrome: Bloated, Depressed -- As O Goes, So Goes the Nation" suggests that we as a country are in the same state as Oprah.

Rich? Smart? Successful? Good-looking? Accomplished? If we are all those things, we are in pretty good shape.

But this article is about Oprah's weight and her inability to maintain it at a certain level. On that basis alone, we are to think her a failure. Oprah herself is "embarrassed".

If maintaining a certain weight is the standard by which we measure success, we are in a sorry state. Think of the women and men who'd be considered failures: Golda Meir, Indira Gandhi, Teddy Roosevelt, Elanor Roosevelt, Henry VIII, Grover Cleveland, William Howard Taft.

Not that's a subject for scholars.
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