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Oprah Lords Over White Folk, Talks Poop on XM

9/25/2006 2:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

If it wasn't already totally evident that Oprah Winfrey can talk about anything for any length of time, her debut today on her own XM Radio channel just confirmed it. The talk-show queen gabbed with her best pal Gayle King (who called her, inexplicably, "Mommy") on what is nominally King's show on "Oprah & Friends," the satellite channel that launched today.
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Among many, many other things, Oprah talked about her humble beginnings in Mississippi, and particularly about how her mother's highest aspiration for her was that she might end up cleaning white people's houses, because "they give away nice clothes." And then Oprah pointed out that now that she's Oprah, she has "all these white people" working for her, and that in fact there's only one black person on the staff. Way to turn the tables, girl.

Finally -- and this was just in the first fifteen minutes -- Oprah moved onto her most recent favorite topic, excrement. O assured Gayle that the reason she doesn't have children wasn't that she can't deal with poo, or "pooty," as the pair called it. For this -- and whatever follows -- is what XM is paying Oprah $55 million over the next three years.

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brian    


At least the white people working for her are getting paid.

They aren't slaves!

2865 days ago
122.

Kathleen    

My problem with Oprah is that she is so self absorbed and self promoting. I am tired of her announcing to the world how much she gave, how much she did...There is an old saying "Character is what you do when no one is watching".
She doesn't do anything unless everyone is watching.

2865 days ago
123.

COOTERPUNCH    

Ummmm Fuck Oprah.

2865 days ago
124.

Zip    

What is really offensive to me is that there are so many blacks and other minorities who have been shut out of the American Dream. A person like Oprah is really and truly one in a million in terms of success ratios for blacks vs. whites thanks to societal imposed racism in hiring and educational practices in this country...America. Hence, Oprah should do all she can to raise the number of blacks and other minorities on her staff and crew...especially black men who are the most discriminated against group of people on the planet. Why this exception to the rule...in a world of male domination in business and institutionalized discriminatory practices against woman??? Well, I'll tell you??? The business world is dominated by the white male thanks to overt and covert racism. As such, Black men are considered to be a threat to the white male, due to the commonly promoted belief that black men on average have a larger penis size. Hence, most white males fear competing with black males in terms of sports, schools and businesses in respect to the available woman who may be attracted to these men...in, or surrounding the institutions that support those very activities, therein. As a successful minority in this country, Oprah should be a leading example in terms of fair hiring practices that will give those who don't have a chance to make it...and the tools that they need to succeed. Try as one might, not everyone is going to be another Oprah Winfrey...Hell, not everybody is going to be another Bill Gates...and he is white. But at least most whites don't have to deal with discrimination in terms of their educational goals or job opportunities...which blacks must face everyday. And the fact that Oprah has admitted that she is doing little to curb that problem is disgusting!!!

2865 days ago
125.

Stevet    

Thank you, Oprah, for showing me that no matter how educated, cultured and enlightened one is, they can still be a racist at heart.

2865 days ago
126.

CC    

Hmmm:
she [oprah] has "all these white people" working for her, and that in fact there's only one black person on the staff

I wonder if she chose an "almost all white staff" on
a) Merit (did she find that the best people she could hire just 'happened' to be white. (I doubt it...) This leaves us with
b) racism, she 'enjoys' lording over white people.

Honestly, it doesn't matter, the way 'Affirmative Action' laws are written, since Oparah doesn't have the requisit percentage of blacks on staff, she could be sued for discrimination. Where is Johnny Cochran when we need him....

2865 days ago
127.

angrywhitemale    

This is so typical of non-white media mavens. They get to the top and want to stick it to whitie..I think whitie should stop indulging in this phoney ass sharade that oprah is "Just like us". She basically said it all today. She wants white women scrubbing her toilets.Who do you think drops the cash for the never ending line of self agrandizing products. It's not welfare moms from Harlem. It's whitie..God only know s why. If she makes you feel better about your own fat asses..then good for you but remember this, she is using you and mocking you at the same time. Kind of has a bit of a "Let them eat cake' feel to it doesn't it. Vote with your wallets ladies and put THE OPRAH back where she belongs,low budget cable production in Chicago.AWM

2865 days ago
128.

MrQ    

Give me a break you idiots. This is the United States, a place that should be defended for what little LIBERTY we have left.

Oprah can say what she wants---and she can darned sure afford it too.

You want to get offended by some unimportant remark about White folks? God only knows how many Blacks, who were brought here against their will BTW, have been killed and tortured for far less.

I say, "Oprah, keep going and don't look back." Let's take our hats off and cheer this American Black WOMAN who has made her dreams come true. She's a role model for everyone, regardless of their color or gender.

MrQ---southern white male

2865 days ago
129.

Dave Travis    

For all those worrying about how many white folks Oprah has working for her, don't forget the world's richest man (Bill Gates) probably has a LOT more black folks working for him than Oprah has white folks working for her. :)

2865 days ago
130.

geed    

laying out of work will get you shut out of the American Dream every single time

2865 days ago
131.

Jack Sprat    

When she was visiting Louisiana and eating in a
resturant "in a rural setting", she mentioned to
the owner that she wanted "those white girls" to
wait on her "in the Big House" (meaning the
mansion). God I wish I had been her waiter.
She'd thought she was in the MS Delta in 1963.
By the way........I was there in 1963. Extremely
nice environment.........."then".

2865 days ago
132.

Daleok    

If the tables were turned and a white celebrity bragged about all the black people that were servants in their household, there would be such outrage in the black community. But apparently when someone like the big "O" can make the same statements about her white servants, there is no problem. Racism in reverse and she's enjoying every minute of it. And for $55 million, the best she can speak to on her show is, again, herself and "poo"? There has got to be bigger and better issues to speak about and that need attention by the rest of the world.

2865 days ago
133.

Rastus    

I'm not surprised that this black lesbian could only find one negro worth hiring. Just like it is in real life.

2865 days ago
134.

bmb165    

Surely Oprah's mom had the same potential for greatness that Oprah has demonstrated. However, that potential, that spirit, that hope was reduced to servitude, most likely not by choice, but by people who thought that blacks were inherently less than themselves.

To have as your highest hopes for your daughter the goal of receiving gifts of benevolence from her superiors is sad beyond comprehension.

For Oprah, the irony of her present success compared with her mother's lot cannot possibly be lost. Donald Trump must have as many whites attending to his every whim, but visualizing a company full of white people with that head-bowed-low subservient attitude toward Oprah Winfrey is somehow an uneasy thought, even today.

What Oprah has achieved is not dominance over a particular race of people, but rather, a position of authority, a level of achievement that challenges our unconscious notions of the natural order of things. Oprah's greatest success will come when her story is not of the circus variety but simply the norm.

2865 days ago
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txteacher    

I've been tired of Oprah for several years. I find her thoroughly shallow, self egrandizing, and just plain boring. I don't care what Oprah says, who she's with, what she thinks, or what her money can buy. She can't be on the cover of anybody else's magazine every month, so she puts out her own; yet another way for her to say "look at me!" Any female who thinks Oprah is the final authority on life and livng is equally shallow--"Stepford Children," if you will.

As for Oprah's "concern" for her fellow man...why yes, she does care, if you're black and in some foreign country. When was the last time that Oprah or any other celebrity went into the Appalachian back country to help out the poorest of our poor? You'll never see it because such a small arena doesn't play on the world stage. Too bad, too. Oprah, Brad and Anjolena's money would go a long way to feed and clothe some hungry American children. Gee, whiz. I'll bet they could use a school or two as well. Won't happen, though. It's just not sexy enough.

For the person who didn't know how Oprah got her name...it's a misspelling of the Bible name Orpah.

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