posted on Aug, 10 2006 @ 12:39 PM
A brief story about Oprah Winfrey's complete megalomania: but first, a caveat -- I did not see this particular episode (I've only seen "Oprah"
maybe twice in my life.)
Anyway, apparently she had donated a pair of shoes to some sort of charity celebrity auction. The woman who had successfully bid for the shoes was in
the "Oprah" audience at some later date, and told Ms. Winfrey that she kept the shoes under her bed and actually prayed
over them, while
petitioning God for whatever blessings she needed. The woman truly believed that the presence of Oprah's shoes in her home was responsible for
various good turns a fortune in her life. By anybody's standard, this is pretty extreme fan behavior, bordering on literal worship.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times
TV critic who watched the show, instead of taking the opportunity to counsel the woman as to how one makes
one's own luck, etc., Oprah instead accepted such praise as her due and seemingly validated the woman's bizarre faith. The TV columnist was shocked
but not surprised; Oprah started her show in Chicago as a Jerry Springer-style freak show, gradually building it up into a new-agey touchy-feely
schmooze fest whose principal mission was Oprah's self-aggrandizing self-promotion.
I think he's very creepy and very scary, but you're right, most people seem to unconditionally love her, and middle-class middle-age suburban white
women seemed almost ready to kill on her behalf.