One of the more difficult aspects of talking about race is that it’s generally most effective if you can do so in a way that doesn’t alienate people who would otherwise be on your side. Like, for example, it’s not particularly smart to just start with “all white people are racist.” You put people on their heels and make them defensive and less likely to listen to you.
Having a billionaire lecture poor people about their privilege is another really bad way to approach this, as Oprah Winfrey is finding out.
You see, Oprah tried to discuss this topic on The Oprah Conversation on Apple+ with her guest Emmanuel Acho. Here’s what she said, via The New York Post.
There are white people who are not as powerful as the system of white people — the caste system that’s been put in place. But they still, no matter where they are on the rung or ladder of success, they still have their whiteness.
You know what pretty much trumps whiteness in the caste system? A billion dollars. And while we all have Oprah being a billionaire in mind, what advantage do you think that a billionaire, even a black billionaire, gets from stirring up racial division among the working class?
She went on to say this:
You still have your whiteness. That’s what the term ‘white privilege’ is. It means that whiteness still gives you an advantage, no matter.
Now, she’s not wrong, for various socioeconomic and historical reasons if you look at the average white person and the average black person, it was probably a little easier for the white person. You know who has it a lot easier than both of them? Any rich person. And that rich person is doing more to hold both the white and black worker down than either of them is doing to the other.
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Now that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have stepped down as senior members of the royal family, they'll be faced with the task of supporting both themselves and their 8-month-old son, Archie.
Of course, they're still internationally famous, and they still have a lot of clout.
So you're not gonna see Harry and Meghan taking a civil service exam or picking up an industrial-sized drum of cheeseballs at Sam's Club anytime soon.
Their version of getting out there and earning a living will look very different from the peasant version.
For example, rather than being interviewed by hiring managers, Meghan will sit down with one of the most famous television personalities in the world.
And in doing so, she might be making an enemy of the other most famous TV host.
According to a new report from The Daily Mail, Meghan has decided to give her first post-Megxit interview to Ellen DeGeneres.
The move is surprising for a number of reasons.
For one thing, Ellen's show is more informal and less journalistic than some of the outlets Meg might have chosen.
(Though it's safe to say some adjustments will be made -- you can bet no one will be jumping out from under a table to make the Duchess of Sussex shriek on national TV.)
On top of that, Meghan has long been friends with Oprah Winfrey, and the one-woman media empire has served as one of the Sussexes most vocal supporters in the States.
Despite that fact, the Mail's insiders say the Meghan-Ellen interview is a go, and will take place in the coming weeks.
"Ellen and Meghan have already discussed a sit-down interview. That has been in the works for quite some time now," says one source.
"Ellen getting the first shot at an in-depth interview is surely going to put Oprah's - (and Gayle King's) nose out of joint."
The insider goes on to point out the many ways in which Oprah has gone to great lengths to forge a relationship with Meghan in recent years.
"After all, Oprah wooed Meghan's mother by having her spend the day in Montecito, wrangled an invite to the wedding and has been pretty vocal in her support of the couple's decision to break away," says the source.
In spite of Oprah's efforts, however, it seems that Meg simply feels a deeper connection with Ellen.
"Meghan adores Ellen and loves the fact that she and Portia are huge animal lovers," the insider claims.
"She said they have stayed in touch since meeting in person and have become close."
Far more than a professional relationship, sources say the mutual fondness between Meghan and Ellen has all the makings of a beautiful friendship.
"She said they actually have a lot in common and that Ellen has been a huge support, especially since moving to Canada," one source tells the Mail.
"Ellen has a way of making things happen," the insider adds.
"Plus Ellen has made it clear to her staffers that Meghan is one of the nicest, most real people she's ever met and that Harry is just the same."
And it seems both parties are looking forward to getting to know one another better, now that they won't be separated by an ocean.
"I wouldn't be surprised if they forge even more of a friendship now that Meghan is in North America.
Of course, North America might not be safe for Meg and Harry now that they've incurred the wrath of Oprah!
It is a well-known fact that the rich and famous of the world love to show off their money with lavish homes and the best of everything. Private jets, luxurious yachts, and fancy cars are only the accessories of the world’s most financially endowed.
The homes of celebrities around the world seem to have no limits to their excellence and vast existence. Celebrity homes feature upgrades we regular folks fantasize about. Here is a short list of some of the most expensive and sumptuous celebrity homes of the 21st century. Look, love, and let your dreams run wild.
Oprah is easily one of the richest women in the world, and her home absolutely reflects her financial dominance. Oprah owns more than one home, of course, but she recently purchased an estate in Montecito, California for the cool cost of just under $30 million.
The main house of the property is 4,750 square feet, and sports 10 fireplaces, 14 bathrooms, and 6 bedrooms. Imagine the cost of replacing that roof. The queen of daytime talk shows also invested in renovations of the property, boosting its worth to $85 million.
Ellen and Portia
Ellen Degeneres and Portia de Rossi have made their property a cozy home for the whole family, including their furry friends. They just recently sold the property for just over $45 million to none other than American Idol’s, Ryan Seacrest.
The Tuscan-style villa has over 10,000 square foot of space, and boasts nine fireplaces, eight bathrooms, and six bedrooms. Portia and Ellen are also avid readers, so of course, the estate has several libraries on location.
Gold legend, Tiger Woods’ estate sits happily on the beautiful coast of Florida. The oversized windows of the home are accented by the breathtaking backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean. The estimated cost of his coastal castle is around $60 million.
Of course, there is a golf course in his backyard, equipped with tournament-quality turf. The home also has a gorgeous wine cellar, a home theater, and several gaming areas for his two children, Sam and Charles.
The most famous mansion in modern history was home to mogul, Hugh Hefner. The property has seen the likes of many celebrities over the years, and still remains one of the most interesting destinations on the map.
Hefner sold the estate for over $100 million in 2016, and passed on the history to a new entrepreneur. While the Playboy mansion didn’t come equipped with a slew of bunnies and other beautiful model-quality women, the property is still just as fascinating and exciting as it ever so colorful past.
There’s a subtle trait about how Donald Trump acts as president that you might not have noticed, but once you do you’ll never be able to stop noticing it. He doesn’t actually know what the fuck he’s doing, so he just does whatever the last person he talked to says. He also believes whatever he’s told by the last person he talks to because he has no foundation of international politics or science. There’s a reason why electing an outsider with no political experience is a bad idea, even if that person is intelligent and charismatic.
So I’m worried when I hear rumors of Oprah running for president, especially when that idea is accompanied by individuals offering to raise billions of dollars for her candidacy. This isn’t hyperbole, this is what Oprah told People in an interview appearing in their latest issue. And you can be damn sure that anyone who spends a billion dollars getting someone elected president is going to expect something in return. I’m not sure I want someone who bring Mehmet Oz on her television show to talk about the healing power of crystals or whatever to have that kind of power and be influenced by whatever billionaire donors she owes her presidency to.
I thought we had put the idea of Oprah running for president to rest. I was sure that sanity had won out, but now Oprah is saying that she would run if God told her to. Frankly, that guy can’t make up his mind, he’s always rooting for both teams in football games and people have fought massive wars where both sides were doing his will.
Amid calls for her to consider a run for the White House — from fans as well as her closest friends — “I went into prayer,” she tells PEOPLE in the magazine’s new cover story. “ ‘God, if you think I’m supposed to run, you gotta tell me, and it has to be so clear that not even I can miss it.’ And I haven’t gotten that.”
I hope she never does. Oprah is good at a lot of things. She’s a genuinely nice person who has done a lot of good in the world. She’s also an excellent television host, but she didn’t always use her platform responsibly. I don’t think, however, that Oprah has a firm grasp of the geopolitical realities of the Middle East, and I don’t think she has good enough judgement to hire people who will handle the things she doesn’t understand properly, and I base that on her making Dr. Oz famous. Oprah will make the same mistakes Trump is making: hiring the wrong people and following whatever advice they give.
There are random feuds, and then there’s whatever the hell this is.
As you may have heard, millions of grownups want Oprah to run for president because she made a nice speech at the Golden Globes, and having a former TV star in the White House is currently working out so well for us.
But apparently Oprah only managed to win over roughly 99.99999 percent of the Earth’s population.
Sadly, she’s missing the all-important Seal vote.
Yes, Heidi Klum’s ex holds opinions on matters other than which flower is the most kissable.
(Surprisingly, it’s the one with all the thorns.)
For instance, he belongs to the microscopic minority that believes Batman Forever is the finest superhero film ever produced.
And he also thinks Oprah needs to sit her ass down because she’s just another Hollywood heathen.
Seal posted the above meme to Instagram this week, and in case it was too subtle for you, he did whatever the British equivalent of spiking the football is with this scathing caption:
“Oh I forgot, that’s right…..you’d heard the [rumors] but you had no idea he was actually serially assaulting young [starry]-eyed actresses who in turn had no idea what they were getting into. My bad. #SanctimoniousHollywood.”
Yes, Seal is accusing Oprah of being complicit in the Harvey Weinstein sex scandals.
Because now is a great time to dogpile on women and blame them for the revolting actions of a disgusting dude.
Fortunately, powerful females like Oprah and Meryl Streep–both of whom have been crucified for having once associating with a guy who was later accused of rape–have an equally powerful defender in Chrissy Teigen.
You may be thinking that Oprah can certainly fight her own battles, and you would be right.
But she also can’t stoop to the level of being with freakin’ Seal on Instagram.
For that, she needs a pitbull like Chrissy in her corner.
The model and media personality basically burned Seal to the ground with a single comment on his dumb anti-Oprah meme.
“Hmm. Let’s just say we’ve all heard things about each other, haven’t we?” she wrote.
Teigen didn’t go into detail, but clearly, she’s got the goods on ya boy Seal.
Here’s hoping he tries to call her bluff and she pulls the trigger.
Or should we say … seals the deal?
We’ll show ourselves out.
Ivanka Trump is either severely tone deaf or she’s trolling everyone. After Oprah’s impassioned speech at the Globes, Ivanka tweeted about how inspirational it was and for everyone to come together.
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) January 9, 2018
This was confusing considering her father has been accused of sexual assault and even rape by a plethora of women. Maybe she hadn’t heard about that yet. Someone should tell her.
And I’m not exactly sure which part empowered or inspired her since she’s still enabling her dad by working with him and not saying shit. Maybe it was the part where Oprah talked about the kidnap and rape of Recy Taylor. Ivanka and her dad must have loved the part where the six white men who did it weren’t even prosecuted. “Make America great again,” her dad probably said as he attempted to memorize the National Anthem before saying “fuck it.”
In case you somehow missed the approximately 20 bajillion jokes on social media, 2016 was a rough year.
We lost far too many beloved entertainers; famous celebrity couples dropped like flies, and the American people decided to give the nuke codes to a Flamin' Hot Cheeto with a rage-tweeting problem.
Anyway, 2017 has gotta be better, right?
Well, maybe not according to the world's leading psychics.
Here's what the best-known crystal ball-gazers have to say about the year to come:
1. R.I.P. Queen Elizabeth II, Long Live King Charles!
2. Oprah Goes Blonde
3. Trump Gets Impeached
4. Hillary Clinton: Not Finished Yet!
5. Jimmy Kimmel Might Want to Invest in a Hat
6. Pam Anderson's Love of Animals Will Come Back to Bite Her
Domestic abuse can happen to anyone. The celebs below suffered domestic violence at the hands of someone close to them.
2. Tina Turner
3. Charlize Theron
4. Halle Berry
5. Amber Heard
Former Who's the Boss star Danny Pintauro made a stunning, sad announcement during an interview with Oprah Winfrey on Saturday night:
He is HIV positive.
The actor, who portrayed Jonathan on the family sitcom for eight years, opened the Q&A by coming right out with this troubling piece of information.
"I wanted to tell you this a long time ago, but I wasn't ready. I'm ready now," Pintauro said. "I'm HIV-positive, and I have been for 12 years."
In the above clip, Pintauro (who also came out as gay in 1997) talks about the dangers of crystal meth, drug he was addicted to for many years.
Pintauro explained that he underwent testing once every six months... and was then told the devastating news in March of 2003.
"I was living in New York at the time and completely clueless to the idea that I was positive. I went in for a regular checkup," Pintauro says.
"It was just regular blood work. You go in, and you sort of waited two weeks on pins and needles -- or at least I did, because I was just terrified of the idea of getting HIV."
The actor went on to explain how “crystal meth takes away your inhibitions” and that he thought he was “being safe” during the sexual encounter that changed his life.
Today, Pintauro lives with his husband in Las Vegas and works as a restaurant manager.
"What I want my community to realize is we need to take better care of ourselves," he says.
And you get body shamed! And you get body shamed! And YOU get body shamed!
We honestly would never have thought Oprah Winfrey would ever criticize anyone for the way they look, because she's, you know, OPRAH.
We're talking about the same woman who gave hundreds of people a new car for literally no reason.
But in one issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, readers picked up on a rather disturbing piece of fashion advice regarding everyone's favorite trend, the crop top.
When asked about the ability to pull off a crop top, the publication's creative director Adam Glassman answered the Q&A with THIS ridiculous response:
"If (and only if) you have a flat stomach, feel free to try one."
Um, excuse us?! Is this not 2015? Are we not in an age of acceptance? Are we not a culture currently hell-bent on shutting down body shamers?
Then why the heck does Adam Glassman think it is okay to tell women they can only pair a crop top with six-pack abs?
Well, writer Tamar Anitai had the same questions, and took to Instagram to rant about the magazine director's controversial comment. She posted a pic of the Q&A, captioning it with this empowering message:
"Surprised to see this level of #bodyshaming (👎🏻) in Oprah magazine. The feature is about women feeling healthy. Part of health is self-esteem and that's intrinsically connected to body image. Stop telling women what they CAN'T wear. We can wear and do and be ANYTHING that makes us feel strong, powerful, passionate and in charge of our own destinies. I hope young women and women of any age don't feel like they're restricted by editorially imposed fashion 'rules.' The only rules are there are no rules. Wear what you love, what makes you feel confident, and own it. Confidence is power, and it's contagious. 👊🏽👊🏾👊🏿👊🏻👊🏼👊"
But the backlash didn't stop there.
Tamar tagged fashion blogger Sarah Conley in the photo, who immediately took to Twitter to call out the author who offered up the offensive advice:
And then she decided to start an entire movement -- whipping up the hashtag #RockTheCrop -- encouraging women of all shapes and sizes to post pics of themselves wearing a trendy top, whether they have defined abdominal muscles or not, tweeting:
The blogger got an overwhelming response on social media, and pictures started pouring in of all sorts of women donning crop tops.
Plus-sized model Tess Holliday, who famously started #EffYourBeautyStandards, joined in, snapping this skinspirational shot:
Sarah also got a response from Adam, himself, who didn't entirely seem to understand that the whole thing was in response to his wacky words:
O Magazine, however, DID get it, and issued a statement apologizing for the answer's angle, saying:
"We support, encourage and empower all women to look great, feel confident and live their best lives – in this case, we could have expressed it better. We appreciate the feedback and will be more mindful going forward."
We're so proud that Sarah and Tamar took it upon themselves to right this wrong and spread a message of body positivity across social media!