Hey, I hear Oprah’s really rich. That obviously means she has to give some of it to those of us in theÃ‚Â United States.Ã‚Â To listen to some people, this is the law for wealthy people. This is one of those times when I actually feel bad for Oprah, who at timesÃ‚Â must feel like a flood lamp surrounded by greedy moths.
Oprah Winfrey has sunk $40 million of her own money into a school for poor girls in south Africa. True, that’s a lot of money toÃ‚Â spend onÃ‚Â a jammy party while listening to Maya Angelou recite “While the caged bird sings,” but considering Christian Children’s Fund ads inform usÃ‚Â we can feed an entire AfricanÃ‚Â family for a weekÃ‚Â for the price of a cup of coffee, $40 million has toÃ‚Â buy you one whopper of a school.
There are many people complaining that Oprah should have invested this money in U.S. children instead of those in Africa. Well, if you’re a liberal who thinks the government does a bang-up job of running our schools, Oprah already did invest a lot of money here. You see, some of Oprah’s paycheck mightÃ‚Â have goneÃ‚Â to Africa, but not before Uncle SamÃ‚Â took his usual cut, “for the children…”
My view of all this? It’sÃ‚Â Oprah’s money. If you don’t like it, shut up, go make your own cashÃ‚Â and open your own school in the U.S. I’m guessing the “Oprah shouldaÃ‚Â invested the money in America”Ã‚Â complaints are coming from people who really aren’t wishing Oprah would open a school in theÃ‚Â states so their kid can be taught algebra by Dr. Robin Smith, but rather who are standing outside Casa delÃ‚Â Winfrey and holding a figurativeÃ‚Â sign which reads “will work for Oprah’s money.”
If we think there should be greater investments in the children of theÃ‚Â United States, then we too should start a talk show, say “girlfriend” a lot, have a weekly segment featuring a bald, tubby psychologistÃ‚Â who actuallyÃ‚Â hadÃ‚Â the audacity to write a diet book, and thenÃ‚Â take our fortune and invest it completely in the U.S.
I’m confused by all this. We’re constantly told that Africa is in crisis and that we need to help. So, a wealthy American does help andÃ‚Â some people areÃ‚Â whining because poor Africans are beingÃ‚Â financially and educationally assistedÃ‚Â while Oprah completely overlooked the fact that “my Billy doesn’t even have an iPod“?
IsÃ‚Â the criticism of Oprah coming from some of her viewers? Those people who madeÃ‚Â Oprah rich byÃ‚Â buying the products advertised onÃ‚Â her show and subscribingÃ‚Â to her magazine,Ã‚Â who areÃ‚Â nowÃ‚Â appalled that they’re not getting the slightest kickback? If so, that’s not how the world works, and the best serviceÃ‚Â OprahÃ‚Â could provideÃ‚Â those peopleÃ‚Â would be toÃ‚Â devote a week to “rude awakenings.”
By the way, Oprah still does give loads of money to domestic charities.
That said, defending Oprah –Ã‚Â the most touchy-feely celebrity since, well, Michael Jackson, but in an emotional sense — is foreign territory for me. But I’m also aÃ‚Â fiscal conservative. Oprah can do what she wants with her money — up to and including sending some of it to a writer who’s feverishly defending her at his own expense.
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