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Fear Not Oprah, Tyrese Has Your Back!

3/16/2007 4:58 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TyreseAttention TMZ readers: Bizarro press release alert!

Not that anyone asked, but actor/model/rapper Tyrese aka Black Ty has issued a statement in defense of Oprah Winfrey's South African school. Earlier this week, reports surfaced claiming that Oprah Winfrey's Leadership Academy for Girls was too strict with its students. While the Big O already issued a statement denying the allegations, Tyrese has gone ahead and thrown his fitty cents into the Winfrey PR mix.

Tyrese's statement reads, "There is a staggering amount of millionaires and billionaires out in the world that do nothing to effect positive change within society. The fact that Oprah Winfrey took a monumental step to create a school in South Africa for the betterment of African children rather then (sic) just speak of change is commendable. The bible says -- 'No good deed shall go unpunished,' (sic) and there are many critics out in the world turning up negative stones (sic) to find a flaw in this wonderful gift donated to South Africa by Oprah Winfrey. I stand with Oprah in the fight for change and positive world reform and I hope that people realize there will always be struggle and without struggle there is no progression. (sic) Please leave her alone and let the blessings she is offering outshine the public scrutiny she is facing."

Oprah can sleep peacefully knowing the guy from "2 Fast 2 Furious" is on her team!

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Just a thought    

Oprah has a big bank account as well as a big heart - she can do no wrong in my book !!!!!!!

2715 days ago
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p1tey1    

I love what Oprah is doing and I support her 100%. Its people like Oprah who make the world a better place. And shame on anyone for criticising her for trying to do something positive.

If they were trying to make a contribution, they wouldn't have time or energy to criticize her!

2715 days ago
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Nico Sneako    

Yeah-the Oprah story was over blown by American and a very, very racist South African elite media-I know the reason why they started trashing Oprah and has someting to do with not appeasing a certain race of people in S. Africa.

2715 days ago
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Chris Finley    

"There is a staggering amount" is the correct grammatical use. "Amount " is singular. I don't know why TMZ is faulting Tyrese on his use of words. It's not like he wrote it all Lindsay Lohan-style. The one major mistak was using "then" instead of "than," but other than that, you're totally making a mountain out of a molehill.

2715 days ago
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djjord    

"No deed goes unpunished" is not from the bible.

2715 days ago
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L    

I HAVE TO AGREE WITH TY!! AND I DONT UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE LOOK AT WHAT OPRAH HAS DONE AS A BAD THING! SHE IS GIVING TO THE LESS FORTUNATE, THEREFORE ITS HER MONEY AND SHE CAN DO WITH IT AS SHE PLEASES! SHE'S THE ONE THAT HAS WORKED HARD FOR WHAT SHE HAS SO IF SHE WANTS TO GIVE IT TO THE PEOPLE IN AFRICA OR TIMBUCKTO SHE CAN! WHO ARE WE TO TELL HER WHAT SHE CAN OR CAN NOT DO WITH HER MONEY? NOBODY!!!! THATS RIGHT....SO OPRAH, KEEP DOING WHAT YOUR DOING!!! YOU ROCK!

2715 days ago
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tba    

As I see it, Tyrese came down from the mountain and issued a commandant that no one is to say bad things about Oprah. He's hardly an individual that anyone should listen to or even care about. Also, don't act like Oprah is the only zillionare who ever donated money. Bill Gates and Warren Buffett billions in donations dwarf O's donation. We appreciate Oprah's philathropy; however, the kind of money she makes, it should be expected unless someone is morally bankrupt.

2715 days ago
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blah    

Tyrese is absolutely correct.


TMZ's priorities are wack. I mean, it's one thing if a celebrity is doing something stupid like Lindsay Lohan or Paris Hilton.... but to condemn Oprah, and then to condemn Tyrese for standing up for Oprah while hitting back at those who don't do a hundredth of what she does to help other people?

Something is wrong with TMZ.

2715 days ago
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SUN    

Why are people so worried what someone else does with their own money? This is a free country, she can spend it how she likes. You and I have that freedom, so should she.

Some how people out of jealousy start acting like people with money owe us some explanation. She earned her money legally, so its not our business.

Cant we ever say anything nice about the kind acts other people do. Instead we scrutinize and belittle the kind work.

2715 days ago
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exhuming mccarthy    

Your sic is incorrect. amount is singular, and hence "there is a staggering amount..." is correct. You are confused by the prepositional phrase including the plurals millionaires and billionaires.

2715 days ago
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TH    

More whites with plenty of moola and a huge majority without a lot of moola regularly help out a lot more people of other races than those other races with plenty of moola (or less) to to help poor whites, for example. So this rapper person doesn't know what he's talking about. If reports are true about the slave-like and prisoner-like conditions at Oprah's academy, especially the part about thes students not even being able to see their parents except for once a month, Oprah is worse than a Nazi camp director. Too much discipline will turn a child into a hateful cynic that won't trust anyone, especially themselves. So much for a life lesson. Oprah was totally wrong to not help her own kind and others in this country.

2715 days ago
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just asking    

All you critics of Oprah's generosity for these poor girs in South Africa make me sick.

Would you rather see them starved, raped, beaten or HIV positive for the rest of there lives. She is using her own money to help educated possible leaders 30 years from now.

We pay taxes in this country for theeducation of youth sin t his country and for schools, yet they are in shambles most of them.

Instead of critizing Oprah why not take the time to visit a classroom, go to a school board meeting, write a complaint letter on behalf of your tax dollars to your cit yansd state reps.

2715 days ago
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LISA B    

shame on anybody that thinks what Oprah has done isn't amazing. for those children to have a chance at a better education is a gift, of freedom and enpowerment. hopfully they are strict,that just means they care and want the children to suceed! (tough love is the best love)

2715 days ago
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Granny Grump    

Oprah probably knows as much of the Bible as I do; she knows God says to be a cheerful giver. If she is requiring 'more' than is acceptable, God will deal with her, so everyone else can rest easy!!! If she is making them (the girls) 'jump thru hoops', God will also deal with that. I am sorry for the jerk that wrote the note about Tyrese' grammar and spelling. I hope they are VERY careful and NEVER MAKE AN ERROR; of course, they will, and I hope people overlook it. The people that wrote THIS note obviously care about minor details more than character.

2715 days ago
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Lilly    

OK Tyrese
You talk like a BIG MAN ON CAMPUS. So put some of your MONEY where you MOUTH IS . And you do something to help poor kids. (Just like Opra) And maybe someone will praise you. Put up or SHUT UP.

2715 days ago
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