I know Oprah wouldn't condone this picture. How unflattering. But the "Newsweek" cover was only the beginning. The full title of the piece gives a good indication of the article's content:
Live Your Best Life Ever!
Wish Away Cancer! Get A Lunchtime Face-Lift! Eradicate Autism! Turn Back The Clock! Thin Your Thighs! Cure Menopause! Harness Positive Energy! Erase Wrinkles! Banish Obesity! Live Your Best Life Ever!
...the truth is, some of what Oprah promotes isn't good, and a lot of the advice her guests dispense on the show is just bad. The Suzanne Somers episode wasn't an oddball occurrence. This kind of thing happens again and again on Oprah. Some of the many experts who cross her stage offer interesting and useful information (props to you, Dr. Oz). Others gush nonsense. Oprah, who holds up her guests as prophets, can't seem to tell the difference. She has the power to summon the most learned authorities on any subject; who would refuse her? Instead, all too often Oprah winds up putting herself and her trusting audience in the hands of celebrity authors and pop-science artists pitching wonder cures and miracle treatments that are questionable or flat-out wrong, and sometimes dangerous.I have mixed emotions when it comes to Oprah Winfrey. I love her humanitarian work -- no matter how publicized it is. And I love the Oprah Winfrey show. Still. Every night (or almost every night) I look forward to watching it on DVR because if nothing else, it's familiar and, hell, just comforting, for lack of a better word. I've grown up listening to Oprah! Didn't believe everything she said, but I love watching the girl talk. She's a great public speaker. BUT, just as the writer of the Newsweek article feels, I too, think she's a bit naive and into way more new age, alternative mumbo jumbo than necessary.
And of course, Oprah thinks she knows eeeerything - she always has - and she can't sympathize with any vice other than gluttony. She can't understand how anyone can have addictions, be confused about their sexuality, cheat on their spouse, or do anything that would be deemed morally questionable. But she can understand a "man" being pregnant. Go figure.
Do you think Oprah's an overrated quack lover?
Read the full "Newsweek" article here.