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Commenting article: Oprah Winfrey Talks Weight Gain

Having packed 40 pounds onto her former 160-pound self, Oprah Winfrey is declaring, "I'm mad at myself" in the January issue of her O magazine released on Tuesday, People Magazine reported.

"I'm embarrassed ... I can't believe that after all these years, all the things I know how to do, I'm still talking about my weight. I look at my thinner self and think, 'How did I let this happen again?" the media mogul, 54, writes.
AmMan - 9 Dec 2008 // 17:48:21

She felt like a fat cow because she is one. No disrespect intended toward cows.

DP - 9 Dec 2008 // 18:02:26

"The TV star intends to address the issue on The Oprah Winfrey Show, which will kick off "Best Life Week" on January 5."

What issue? Is her weight an issue that needs the attention of the world?

Gee, what a pathetic display of narcissism....

WickedWitch - 9 Dec 2008 // 20:13:26

It's her show. Many people who watch it care about what she wants to say. It's not like she's taking out an ad during the Superbowl.

DP - 9 Dec 2008 // 20:38:54

Hi WW,
So what is your point? It is no news to me that it is her show. It doesn't mean though that she is not acting as a cow and a pathetic narcissist. And this is my opinion. Have a problem with it?;-)

Devil's Advocate - 9 Dec 2008 // 20:47:47

"a pathetic narcissist"
And who in Hollywood isn't a narcissist?

Mat - 9 Dec 2008 // 20:57:25

No-one has made so much money about talking about the size of her butt.

just me - 9 Dec 2008 // 20:59:29

You're right, DA. There's an awful lot of that in Hollywood!

Oprah takes it to a new level. Now don't get me wrong, she does use her powers mostly for good, but wow- who else has gotten so unbelievably rich in the name of "empowering others?"

I'm sure she wants to use her show to motivate others to lose weight. I think that story line is getting old for her. You gotta wonder, how could anyone with a personal chef, a personal trainer, Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil, and every possible resource known to man keep losing control of her weight?

DP - 9 Dec 2008 // 21:08:48

"And who in Hollywood isn't a narcissist?"

I don't know who in Hollywood is what (don't read the gossip magazines) for actors usually portray characters created by writers. But I know there are a lot of celebrities that are not.

WickedWitch - 9 Dec 2008 // 21:19:56


You said "Is her weight an issue that needs the attention of the world?"

I am saying that the Oprah Book Club TM is hardly the world. It's a show which people choose to follow. It's a reasonable assumption that many of these people are going to care about Oprah's issues. (And it's a big issue for her if she, as the owner of a powerful media empire did not tell Anna Wintour to stuff it but instead starved herself to be on the cover of Vogue (if I recall correctly).)

I don't have problems with your opinions but you expressed them on a public forum and therefore others are entitled to opinions and reactions of their own.

Devil's Advocate - 9 Dec 2008 // 21:29:38

"who else has gotten so unbelievably rich in the name of "empowering others?""
Not as rich, but are profiting from it... George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie to name a few... It seems in recent years it has become a trend in Hollywood.

DP - 9 Dec 2008 // 21:30:39

"I don't have problems with your opinions but you expressed them on a public forum and therefore others are entitled to opinions and reactions of their own."

Fair enough, WW.

Bill - 9 Dec 2008 // 21:32:27


For what my ten years of living in and around Holllywood may be worth, I'll say that this narcissism and hedonism is practiced mainly among the "stars" and--perhaps especially--by the wannabes.

Bob Hope lived around the corner from where I lived. The King Sisters were in my church congregation, and celebrities, both in front of and behind the cameras were a healthy percentaage of the local population, since we lived about six blocks up the street from the Universal Studios.

But the rest of the industry, technicians, support people, is as normal as you could expect. One of my best friends was a lady who had been in the original Mickey Mouse Club. She often had parties to which I was invited, and met many people involved in the industry--all nice, friendly people, with the exception of the inevitable few snobs.

WickedWitch - 9 Dec 2008 // 21:33:20


Oh, Dr. Phil is a hack. Granted, Oprah is also shilling pop, plastic TLC but at least she seems more sincere. And she doesn't pretend like she's an actual professional.

Bill - 9 Dec 2008 // 21:46:11


"it has become a trend in Hollywood."

Not really. It's been around for a couple of generatons. It's known as donating as much to charity as you can deuct from your income tax.

One of the neater tricks I came across was practiced by Howard Hughes. He created the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (I think that's the right title). It's a research facilitiy, not a patient-tratment.

He also owned the Hughes Aircraft Company.

The trick was, since the Medical Institute was tax free, the paperwork showed the Institute as the owner of Hughes Aircraft, so all of the profit from the aircraft plant went tax free to the institute.

There's not as much altruism in it as they'd like their public to think. Granted, there are some with real intent, and the Pitts and Oprah, George Clooney, etc., may well be some of them, but they're more of an exception than the rule.

DP - 9 Dec 2008 // 21:54:53

As a matter of fact I do not mind the "stars" acting up a bit. After all, they are supposed to shine! lol

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