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?
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.
"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.
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.
"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.
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