My wife told me about Oprah’s Favorite Things today, and I must warn anyone in the Chicagoland area– beware 250 steaming mad suburbanites.
Today, Oprah totally stiffed them.
Oprah’s been giving away thousands of dollars in merchandise to Oprah’s audience members for years. You get tickets to Oprah, and you hope and pray she just happens to be giving away her favorite things, because it’s one awesome haul. Sometimes you get a car. Sometimes you get a refrigerator with a TV in it. Sometimes you get a Kindle.
What did Oprah’s fans get today? “Recession gifts,” or ideas for homemade knick-knacks! Can you imagine it? You think you’ve hit the lottery, and instead you get a book-club book and a free Christmas music download. I’d be in a murderous rage! You send off for tickets 2 years in advance and you show up and it’s Oprah’s Favorite Things and everything can be bought at the dollar store!
You know those women are walking around town with an excuse to stab someone with a fork.
Hey, Oprah, if it’s a recession, here’s an idea– don’t stiff your fans! This would be the year they really NEED a new fridge with a TV built into it, or maybe just a new fridge? Or how about something energy efficient, like an energy-star low-water using dishwasher? How about a power strip that powers down energy-leech items? Some power tools? Even a new computer would be cool– jazz them up with a $400 laptop! But pretending you’re recession-friendly with this kind of show is the ultimate in cynicism– especially when your 2002 and 2003 favorite things (in economic slowdown years) were fabulous.
And, for God’s sake, Oprah– we hear Christmas music in the elevator, at school, on hold, on the radio, at the mall, at Church– does giving away Christmas music constitute a gift, or just a little bit extra torture for the people who are inflicted with a media-sponsored secular, desensitized Christmas? (Bear in mind this is all free promotion for all of these artists on this CD.)
Don’t think Oprah’s being nice or showing something good here. This is just her putting people into the “sacrifice” mentality that Obama’s going to need to pass his tax increases. We all have to sacrifice, and it starts with the people who had waited over a year to get on the Oprah show with a hope that they are lucky enough to receive Oprah’s favorite things. Not Oprah’s favorite 2nd grade craft ideas.
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