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    Monday, April 24, 2006

    Oprah Again

    While I appreciate that Oprah had a show on "Class in America" and had Jamie Johnson on, who I think is very cool, along with Robert Reich, who I also think is very cool, it made me so mad how Oprah was like, "I don't believe in luck," with relationship to financial prosperity. Umm, Oprah? I know you're a rags-to-riches success story and all, but fuck you if you think everyone else who's ever been poor was poor because they weren't special or hard working enough!

    I mean, the James Frey thing, the Harvey Mansfield thing, and now this?

    4 Comments:

    Anonymous Rachel S said...

    Have you seen the movie that Johnson did? I haven't, but I think it sounded very good.

    4:27 PM  
    Blogger EL said...

    Yeah, I loved it. I think you'd find it fascinating.

    4:28 PM  
    Blogger zp said...

    Whenever I hear Robert Reich's voice on the radio, I swoon. I like the public role he has taken responsibility for.

    I didn't see the Oprah show, but I wonder about the context of "I don't beleive in luck." I mean, privilege isn't exactly the same as luck, it's more reliable, more systematic . . . it's not like she's denying that there's a system of privilege at work. In fact, the statment could imply the opposite, demystifying luck as either hard work OR privilege.

    10:10 AM  
    Blogger EL said...

    Actually, I should have been clearer.

    This was in the context of how people manage to be upwardly mobile and Reich said it was often very much about luck, as in the case of many celebrities.

    Oprah replied that, unlike Bill Gates, she doesn't believe luck has anything to do with people's rising. Not that privilege doesn't, but that her rag-to-riches rise was purely a function of her hard work, boots-straps, nose-to-grindstone, etc. As well as some sort of spiritual aura I can't quite pin down.

    11:48 AM  

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