Oprah’s Ultimate Favorite Things: Disheartening Society for 7 Years
2010 seems to have been the year of Oprah. Not only is she back to being her hot air balloon-sized self, she began the farewell season of her hit talk show and is set to launch her own (pun intended) television network, OWN–the Oprah Winfrey Network. Each year, she airs her annual “Oprah’s Favorite Things” episode. The premise is fairly simple… she compiles a list of her favorite over-priced and entirely unnecessary items of 2010 and then gives away all of the items on her list to the studio audience.
I find it rather heart-warming that a woman with boatloads of money such as Oprah is able to compile an audience of people who are worthy of a little extra holiday cheer during the season–be it cancer survivors, 9/11 families, or those who simply gave back to their community. However, when you label such things as your “favorite,” you are just proving to America how out-of-touch you really are with the rest of society. From a $175 tin of popcorn to a pair of sparkle UGG boots, Oprah shows just how lavish her lifestyle is. For some (essentially the female singletons and bored housewives of the nation), the show can be an hour (or in this year’s case–two hours) of fun. After all, isn’t it enjoyable to look at people get things for free that you’ll never be able to?
I can understand Oprah’s need to give back to others.. that’s her whole schtick after all. I can also understand the need to go out with a bang for her final season.. by giving away a Royal Caribbean cruise and a 2011 VW Bug to all audience members in this two hour “Ultimate Favorite Things” special. Yet in a society where many are without jobs and the economy is still in a bit of a slump, is it necessary to be giving away such things as $600 cookware or $1,000 closet organizers? That’s not what the holiday season is about and that’s not what Oprah has built her empire around. Needless to say, thank God this was the last year for it. But who knows… maybe on OWN, there will be a “Favorite Things” show airing daily.
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