What is Oprah Thinking?
No, he's not a vegan. And his reasoning isn't my reasoning, but he has some great points.
I caught the last few minutes of Oprah a couple of days ago, when she gave grilled KFC to the audience and apparently announced the giveaway. What I was thinking about was:
- Did she not watch her own show about the treatment of the animals we use as food?
- Did she forget that PeTA awarded her "Person of the Year" last year, largely for exposing the conditions of animal farms?
- Did she forget all about "conscious eating" and her friend, Kathy Freston?
- Has Dr. Oz not made the progress he appeared to be making with her?
I don't know if she has ever claimed to know about the dangerous carcinogen found in grilled chicken, but to hawk such a product after the information and experts she has presented to her audience is the height of hypocrisy.
What I agree with in the above video (and there's plenty to agree with) and what I appreciate most, is that what Oprah's audience doesn't realize is that Oprah's sponsors aren't good for them. Oprah is a business and promotes businesses. There is no triple bottom line here (people, planet, profit). This is an empire.
It's difficult to take anything Oprah says seriously when she is so willing to act in ways that directly contradict what she says. I don't take much stock in what people say–I look at what they do.
Am I surprised by Oprah? No. I am somewhat surprised by all of the attention this particular bit of hypocrisy is getting, and I'm pleased to see that people are waking up thinking critically.
Oprah has always wanted us to think critically, and it's nice to see that in action.