Tuesday, November 06, 2007

The Oprah Mystery

Oprah Winfrey - what's that all about? She's opened  and raced to the rescue of this dodgy school and she's launched her own channel on YouTube. She's everywhere. She always is. I'd like to think she was an American attempt to mimic the success of our own Richard and Judy, but I suppose she came first. I don't get any of this. What does she represent? What does she mean? Why's she called Oprah? I await answers from Philadelphia and beyond.

22 comments:

  1. Her name is an anagram of Harpo. The mystery deepens...

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  2. I await answers from Philadelphia and beyond.

    ...expect some very guarded replies!

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  3. Not from me, Selena. Oprah is a goddess. The most powerful woman in America, and one of the best. If Oprah says "Read this book," you'll read it. If Oprah says, "Don't eat meat, you'll get e-coli," people won't eat it and the beef industry will sue her.

    But, seriously, I really do admire Oprah Winfrey. She puts her money where her mouth is and she's a philanthropist. She's also willing to admit when she's made a mistake, and you won't find too many celebrities with that kind of humility.

    Nige, your name is an anagram of Geni. Bryan's is an anagram of Ran by. Ca veut dire quoi??

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  4. It's obvious; she's the American Queen Mum.

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  5. Harpo is the name of Oprah's production company. Oprah is worth a bit over a billion dollars which means that she could have you killed, your body reduced to dust, and then the remnants shot into outer space so I wouldn't annoy her too much.

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  6. I dunno what she represents or means, but she was on holiday in my hotel in the Bahamas last week. Everybody seems to love and/or admire her there (and elsewhere) in a way that resembles Princess Diana and Nelson Mandela combined - far removed from the more mundane Richard and Judy. Oprah is Elvis, R&J are more like Alvin Stardust. Kinda cool that we have some world class black faces in Mandela, Oprah and Tiger that the white world almost universally has heard of and admires. All of them are excellent humans in very different ways. Clue: none of them spout about it all being 'coz they is black'.

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  7. Oprah & Tiger seem very small fry compared to, for example, Bob Marley & Jimi Hendrix.

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  8. What I mean is they might be fine people, but a presenter of bland talk-shows and a golfer aren't exactly the cutting-edge of much that matters. It seems all a bit Uncle Tomish..."Look at these wonderful black people doing well in the pallid white world."

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  9. On the other hand, Andrew, Bob and Jimi are DEAD....

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  11. But they are still relevant. Oprah & Tiger are alive, but irrelevant.

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  12. Oprah is many things, but irrelevant is decidedly not one of them. Perhaps some day, but not yet.

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  13. You're mistaken there, Randy. Irrelevant is one of these things.

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  14. BTW, in case anyone is really wondering about it, her name is a misspelling of the Biblical "Orpah."

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  15. The issue hangs on the word relevance & irrelevance.
    The Webster Dictionary tells me that relevance is:

    "having significant and demonstrable bearing on the matter at hand."

    with irrelevance having no bearing on the matter at hand. So it all then depends on what the matter at hand is. If the matter at hand is lots of people looking at bland television, then, yes, she is relevant.
    If, contrarily, the matter at hand is some mysterious essence as represented by the finer works of Jimi Hendrix, then she is irrelevant.
    We could say if the matter at hand is irrelevant, then she is relevant. But if the matter is relevant, then she is irrelevant.

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  16. Oh dear Andrew K. Hendrix and Marley versus Oprah and Tiger Woods. Epatez le bourgeois and all that eh? Oprah may be bland to you but she's urging many to 'live their best life' and does some cool charitable stuff too. Hendrix and Marley may be your personal heroes or just drug addled musicians redolent of squats and bedsits to others. De gustibus and all that my friend. Tiger kicks ass - just ask Samuel L Jackson and Alice Cooper (admittedly a rocker who may be outside your personal Pantheon).

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  17. Oh dear, Spongebob. Nothing against Oprah & she seems a fine preson, but she is famous for hosting bland television. That's it. She may be urging people to live their best life...by watching bland television? Is Tiger also urging people to live their best life? I'll give it a go.
    "Live your best life."
    I hope that advice provides an immense boon in the living of your best life.

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  18. I also think you've Tiger mixed up with someone else. He doesn't kick ass, he plays golf. Samuel Jackson makes shit films, and Alice Cooper makes wonderful music.

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