Friday, September 05, 2008

That's what happens when TV people mix politics and work: Oprah's dilemma

Oprah, champion of women Diablo Cody who appeared on the Oprah show in January 2008. Just 6 months before Diablo sat down to write "Juno" Diablo was working as a stripper in Minnesota. Oprah was impressed by Cody's witty dialogue and by the film feeling "so fresh"... Sooo, a stripper writing about teen sexual activity and pregnancy is invited to the show without hesitation, but not the working mom of five whose daughter is actually living out most of the Juno script, and even one better by keeping the baby, marrying, and raising it herself.

Oprah, supporter of the little person, the schlepping stiff, the working mom, like this "Suburban Mother Supporting Her Children By Stripping" who appeared on the show in February 2008:

"Marian married at 29 and had 3 children, but divorced at 38 and began raising her children alone. At 43, Marian from Atlanta is now divorced. She looks like a typical suburban mom during the day, but plays the character "Charlie" at an upscale gentleman's club stripping at night. Marian dances 3 nights a week at the club and is able to have time to herself and plenty of time at home with her kids." Marian is invited to the show to tell about having time to spend with her children because she strips at night, but not 44 year old Sarah from Wasilla who married her high school sweetheart and stayed married to him and raised five children and as far as we know never bared her body for money but did join the PTA to make her kids' education better. EGAD! Not HER!

Or Carson Kressley, host of the new Lifetime Network show How to Look Good Naked, on the show also in February 2008, a man who works with women to help them love their bodies. After 4 years of helping straight guys find style on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy Carson is ready to take on his "perception revolution."

But heaven forbid that Oprah's invitation could legitimize the 'perception' that Sarah Palin is a normal mom and wife who rose through the political ranks to what could now be the highest office women have ever held in this country. Let me think about this one, Oprah sayz:

Fri Sep 05 2008 08:55:46 ET

Oprah Winfrey may have introduced Democrat Barack Obama to the women of America -- but the talkshow queen is not rushing to embrace the first woman on a Republican presidential ticket!

Oprah's staff is sharply divided on the merits of booking Sarah Palin, sources tell the DRUDGE REPORT.

"Half of her staff really wants Sarah Palin on," an insider explains. "Oprah's website is getting tons of requests to put her on, but Oprah and a couple of her top people are adamantly against it because of Obama."

One executive close to Winfrey is warning any Palin ban could ignite a dramatic backlash!

It is not clear if Oprah has softened her position after watching Palin's historic convention speech.

Last year, Winfrey blocked an appearance by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, timed to a promotional tour of his autobiography.

Oprah and executive producer Sheri Salata, who has contributed thousands of dollars to Obama's campaign, refused requests for comment.


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