Yvette Carnell: Did Oprah Just Admit That the Kardashian Interview Was Only About Ratings?
I admit that I’ve always been a lifelong Oprah fan, but I was a fan for one reason: Meaning. I always felt that I could glean a bit more meaning from the Oprah Winfrey Show than I could from Jerry Springer or Maury Povich, both which are tabloid filth. Oprah was, at least to me, a step above the rest.
But by interviewing the talentless and classless Kardashian clan, Oprah’s become part of the race to the bottom, a sort of bottom feeding that she shunned during most (not all) of her years on network TV.
In a recent interview, Oprah told radio host Kemp Parchment (no idea) that “everyone on television is trying to get ratings,” adding, “it’s a business.”
Yeah, it’s a business, but it never was just about business to Oprah, at least not that I could tell. There was an understanding that you couldn’t be all things to all people, so best to be yourself. Stay true to yourself.
Yes, the Kardashians are a “phenomenon”, but not in a a good way. They represent all that is wrong with America in that their success wasn’t based on merit, but on a p**n tape and good marketing. They represent an upside down hierarchy in this country which places meaningless dribble atop capability and craft. The fact that Oprah, a black woman who came from nothing and worked her way to the top, doesn’t get why her interviewing the Kardashians is a slap in the face to many of her fans, bespeaks a woman who has lost touch with her base.
And this is why many Oprah fans are confused by the OWN brand. How can the same woman who blesses us with Super Soul Sunday, then turn right around and give us – The Kardashians?
But, you might say, Oprah interviewed Hollywood stars all the time on her network show. True enough. It is also true that some people in Hollywood are uniquely talented and have something of meaning to offer the world. It’s an insult to place them in the same category as the Kardashian fluff family. Some men want their sons to grow up and be like Will Smith, but no mother wants her daughter to grow up and be like Kim Kardashian. Only a mother with sociopathic tendencies could be proud of who Kim Kardashian is and how she got there.
Must be something in the water though, because Kanye West was one a real conscious rapper, and now there he is, loving it up with Kim Kardashian. The woman undoubtedly has something, but it’s sure as h**l not talent.
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