Thursday, June 19, 2008
O is for Oprah
Let me begin by saying I like Oprah. I liked her a lot more years ago but I still think she does some programming and other things that are of value. I read her magazine on occassion (usually when flying) and find value in much of it - though her "Favorite Things" and fashion choices are a wee bit out of my price range!
What I am not a fan of is how some people fall into almost a worship-like stance when it comes to her. I guess I feel that way about most celebs - they are simply people but I think we sometimes get caught up in their celebrity and put them up on a pedestal that is not always deserved. They are not perfect (though often they may appear that way): sometimes they espouse views that might be misguided, just as any one of us might; sometimes they have opinions that a skewed based on their experiences which may not adequately or accurately reflect the experiences of others...don't we all? It is taking everything that they say as gospel that I take issue with. Just because Oprah (or any other celeb) says something is the best book she has ever read and it changed her life, doesn't mean you'll enjoy it or that it will impact you at all. Just because they prefer a certain type of pet, doesn't mean that pet is right for you or your home or lifestyle. Do you see where I am going with this? We are all people with different personalities, likes and dislikes, etc. Opinions of others can and should matter to us in many instances but we have been given a gift in our capacity to reason and think for ourselves and it's my opinion (LOL) that we should use it!