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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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91.

Ladydi    

Even if Chris did say some questions wee off limits soo what, that is not the point, the point is she had another abuser on her show and did not make any mention of it..she made a big deal out of Chris's incident..
Ask Bebe ex wife if you feel there is a difference,,the difference is BeBe is a grown man and Chris is not even legal yet, but she choose brow beat the boy before he even went to trial...while chooseing to promote BeBe's album and ignore his abuse...

1797 days ago
92.

Mary    

@Comment #77

STOP LYING! You know that is false!

1797 days ago
93.

Duo    

I love Oprah too. She's the greatest African American philanthropist of all time. According to Business Week Oprah has given more of her own money to charity than any other black or performer in U.S. history. As for Chris Brown, I agree that she was trying to use Rhianna's example to send a message to young people & Oprah & Tyra did a very positive show together & I thought they were very fair to Chris Brown.

1797 days ago
94.

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next she'll have north koreas president on and will be praising his efforts...i cant stand this fat azz ho anymore! she thinks shes god, but shes jus a fat azz lesbo talk show host......oprahs a pig with money. shes also a racist ho....got tp lleh oprah cause you dance with the devil!

1797 days ago
95.

Duo    

Please don't compare Bebe to Chris Brown. Bebe has only been accused of pushing a woman while Chris Brown bashed a little girl's face in to the point that it was purple & then his fans all blamed the victim of the abuse. It was the most horrific thing I have ever seen. Chris Brown is one sick puppy.

1797 days ago
96.

carlos    

Well Bebe sings Gospel so all is forgiven. While Chris Brown is a young R&B artist who associates with RAPPERS!! whom Oprah despises (except for Jay Z, cause everyone loves HOV)

Is it unfair? OF COURSE...but it only proves that Oprah is human and therefore can occassionally be FULL OF SH*!

1797 days ago
97.

carlos    

FYI- Rihanna is older than Chris, referring to her as a little girl to garner extra sympathy is rather low and despicable. Also very insulting to actual CHILDREN who have been victimized by adults.

1796 days ago
98.

Duo    

I read a nasty comment here about how hypocritical & egotistical Oprah is, & then I just watched her show & she seems so down to earth, easy going, humble & cool. I really liked her a lot & the comment I read now seems vicously unfair. Go Oprah! You're my kind of gal.

1796 days ago
99.

Duo    

Oh my God, some people are nit picking every little thing Oprah does. She had this person but didn't have that person on. Who cares? Let's see you do 10,000 shows & be 100% consistent on every aspect of every issue. She's a wonderful woman who provides light & love into the homes of millions of soccer moms every day & has given hundreds of millions of her own hard earned money to charity behind the scenes despite growing up in poverty & abuse. And if she did focus on Chris Brown, it was only because Oprah & Tyra Banks thought Rhianna's case was an excellent opportunity to reach young people. This case is not. But Oprah has always spoke fondly of Chris Brown & even as recently as last month said how much she appreciated him performing at her school in Africa & how much her girls loved him.

1796 days ago
100.

Duo    

I find it disgusting how Chris Brown's fans continue to try to deflect attention from the fact that he is a muscle bound MONSTER who battered a tiny young girl. But Chris Brown's fans try to blame Rhianna, Oprah, Tyra, Bebe, the media anything or anyone but their precous girl beater. You can always judge a celebrity by his followers & Chris Brown's followers are as low as it gets.

1796 days ago
101.

nan    

i dont like oprah at all anymore ,her show has jumped the shark.her remembering michael jackson show was an outright hatchet job.she should have been ashamed of herself.then she made fun of his kids on another show.some child advocate.then the domestic abuse stuff where she decides who gets a pass and who doesnt...she and gail should just take the cash and ride into the sunset

1796 days ago
102.

Mab    

Jason,

BeBe was accused of abuse but what about Mike Tyson? He's been accused of abuse and convicted of rape.

Please stop with the over exaggeration of whole CB/RiRi, its become redundant.

1796 days ago
103.

Tres    

“IF SHE WAS REALLY HURT THAT BAD SHE WOULD HAVE GONE TO THE HOSPITAL STRAIGT FROM THE SCENE. THE MEDIA MADE A CIRCUS OUT OF THIS AND OPRAH HELPED TO PUSH IT ALONG.”

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This isn’t necessarily true. Everybody knows that these types of incidences (along with rape) often go unreported out of shame and/or embarrassment.

1796 days ago
104.

Tres    

“CHRIS WAS WRONG AND RIHANNA WAS WRONG. PEOPLE NEED TO LOOK AT THE TRUTH. IT IS NOT O.K. FOR GIRLS TO HIT BOYS EITHER.’


IMO if Rhianna played a part in what happened on that night my guess is that Chris would have said so. Seeing him on that MONSTER video proved what a coward he is. I doubt he’s doing that to save face for Rhianna. The judgment was made in the court of law and Rhianna didn’t get any type of punishment(unless you consider the stay away order punishment). That says a lot. He’s a thug. I’m not saying he can’t change,but it is so obvious he has a long way to go. Instead of crying about how he was unfairly treated(as much as Oprah gets on my nerve she doesn’t owe him a thing)he should go seek some professional help for his anger issues. It would be time better spent.

1796 days ago
105.

Tres    

“Tyson didn't serve time for raping his own wife. He served time for raping a beauty contestant who was not his wife.”

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He paid his dept to society. That is the difference between Mike and Chris. Chris hasn’t done that yet. He just talks about doing it.

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