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Oprah -- Double Standard on Domestic Abuse?

10/30/2009 8:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Oprah took a hard stand on Chris Brown, but just a few days ago the talk show host allowed another famous alleged woman-abuser on her show -- and now the victim says she feels betrayed.

Oprah -- Double Standard on Domestic Abuse?

The man in question is gospel singer BeBe Winans -- who is accused of shoving his ex-wife Debra Winans to the ground in front of their kids back in February. BeBe was on "Oprah" on Friday to pimp out his new gospel CD -- his domestic violence charge is pending until another court hearing next year.

Debra tells TMZ she's "hurt by Oprah's decision to have Bebe on the show" -- especially after she refused to have Chris Brown on her show in the wake of the Rihanna beating.

Calls to Oprah's people were not returned.

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31.

Mary Worth    

I totally agree that Oprah is full of herself; whatever that is!
BUT! Aren't most talk show hosts and game show hosts guilty of the same?
David Letterman; Regis Philbin; To name just two!

Yes, she has been made to look ridiculous; by some of her staff in that African school; by several authors who plagiarized others' work; by the "creators" of "THE LETTER", and so many others.

1737 days ago
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calimom85    

I dont think it is a double standard because she didnt REFUSE to have Chris Brown on her show. That wasnt the argument he slammed him for what he did. Im sure if he were BRAVE enough she would have him on her show. Why wouldn't she? She had mike Tyson on there. Chris Brown is the one who thought Oprah betrayed him, like if she owed him something because he participated with her charity organizations. Guess his help wasn't 100% genuine...figures.

1737 days ago
33.

Bubba    

If the man in the middle is Bebe Winans and the man on the right is Brown, then the "thing" on the left has to be Oprah?
What on earth has she done to herself? Did nobody tell her to shave before going on air?

1737 days ago
34.

Mel    

Oprah is a hypocrite. Oprah warns "He will hit you again"
TMZ get ready....count down to Mike Tyson beating the hell out of his 3rd wife if we listen to Oprah.......


Guess Oprah think It's OK for Mike Tyson to beat Robin Givens and Monica Turner.
Guess she think BeBe Winans's wife Debra needed to be beat.
Oprah bandwagon with Chris Brown and I don't believe she give a cr@p about women. Oprah will use any body to make money off of them.

1737 days ago
35.

bob    

A shove to the floor is not a punch to the face. Why do woment think that they can do whatever they want without repercussions?

1737 days ago
36.

bob    

Not a big fan of Oprah. I find her to be racist and a glory hog. When she gave away all of them Pontiacs on her show a few years ago, she didn't pay for a thing. Those cars were donated by Pontiac. he took the credit, but didn't pay the bill. I can give cars away all day long as long as someone provides them.

1737 days ago
37.

rhbjorn    

There is a difference between shoving someone to the ground and beating the crap out of them.

1737 days ago
38.

t    

Abuse is abuse and if your against one form you have to be against them all.Oprah did a show about abuse after the incident and YES she did refuse to have Chris on the show and told him to get some help but the set down with Mike Tyson. I'm no genius but I would consider a multiple abuser for years (Mike Tyson) worse than a one time offender( Chris Brown)so it does not make sense to me.Out of the two she CHOSE to sit down and talk with Mike Tyson? Come on after that she has lost credibility to me with the abuse issue.Sorry can't defend her.

1737 days ago
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t    

I HOPE EVERYONE REMEMBERS THAT RIHANNA STARTED THE FIGHT THAT NIGHT AND ATTACKED HIM AND ALSO ATTACKED PRIOR TO THE INCIDENT(CHECK THE STATEMENTS ONLINE IF YOU DONT BELIEVE ME)WHY DO WE TELL OUR YOUNGER GENERATION IT IS OKAY FOR WOMEN TO ATTACK MEN BUT NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND.I AM SO SICK OF HEARING WOMAN BEATER EVERY SECOND REGARDING CHRIS WITHOUT THE MENTION OF RIHANNA BEING A MAN BEATER.WHY DON'T WOMENS RIGHTS ACTIVIST REALIZE WHEN WE DO THIS WE SET WOMEN BACK AS NOT BEING EQUAL TO MEN.JUST HAD TO SAY THIS AS IT HAS BEEN BOTHERING ME. THANNKS TMZ FOR LETTING ME VENT.

1737 days ago
40.

TMZBoy    

Oprah's been doing the talk show thing way too long. I used to enjoy watching her but like many have said above "she's changed" and has become very biased, one sided and a money $nob. With HORRIBLE spin-offs like Dr. Phil and The Doctors I've no time for her daytime trash TV. Oh! and to book Sarah Palin so she can shine a light on her book for ratings is pure greed on Oprah's part.

Done !!

1737 days ago
41.

TMZBoy    

"CYBIL"...or is it Sybil

Why are you SHOUTING ?

1737 days ago
42.

TMZBoy    

"CYBIL"...or is it Sybil

Why are you SHOUTING ?

1737 days ago
43.

t    

I see some are justifying Oprah's actions by labeling abuse.First of all, Oprah's very hard stance with Chris and doing a show on general abuse has put her in a corner.If she avoided the topic on air she wouldn't be deemed hypocritical but since she did now it just appears that she is. Also you feel a shove or whatever is not bad from Bebe but she also had Mike Tyson on her show recently. I'd love to hear someone justify bringing him on the show after her big show on abuse and being nice to him. I also feel that Oprah should discuss women that hit men as well because the statistics show they are convicted and charged alot less likely then men as in the Rihanna case.

1737 days ago
44.

t    

TMZboy its Cybil and I needed to shout that out since no one remembers facts and only go off heresay.
THanks!

1737 days ago
45.

SHell    

Ok lets see Ms O said she'd never take a stand on who'd she'd vote into the White House yet a HALF black man runs and she's all up on that gravy train...NOW this..."O" you just need to go back do what you do on your talk show and stay out of "celebrity". Seriously it's getting out of hand all the Celebrity-Non-celebrity cross over BS.

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