I keep hearing Oprah and Dr. Phil say that America is celebrity obsessed. I am not. I want to make that very, very clear.
Oprah and Dr. Phil are both guilty of pushing celebrities on their viewers. My TiVo is set to record both Oprah and Dr. Phil’s shows but I don’t watch all of them. I am the least interested in the topics where celebrities are being interviewed. Most of them are quite boring to hear interviewed. Frankly, I don’t care about most celebrity’s personal lives. If I want to see their movie or listen to their music, I will do that. I don’t love everything I see or hear. Just because I might enjoy their ‘work’ doesn’t mean I care anything about who they are as people or what they do in their private lives. Sorry. I have my own life to lead and I am quite busy with my own friends and family. I don’t have time nor do I want to do things such as read tabloids, read People magazine, etc.
I used to subscribe to O—Oprah magazine. My subscription has expired and I did not renew it. I got sick of the double talk. For example there could be an article about living an authentic life and being happy with our aging bodies yet the next page would have an ad for a very expensive ‘anti-aging’ crème which, by the way, has not been proven to actually work. I may read an article about living a more simple life or not being in debt, and turn the page to see an article or column telling me a ‘must have’ for this season is a $350 pair of shoes or a $700 cashmere sweater or a $30 bubble bath product. The constant contradiction and contrast between the content of the articles and the ads and columns that feature products to purchase was very annoying. Plus I hated the nasty perfume ads that stunk up my house and gave me a headache.
We are not all celebrity obsessed. Please stop saying that we are!
I am concerned with issues, big issues, and I write of them often. I have issues with the American public education system, with too-early exposure of children to mature themes and pushing children to mature before they are ready. I am worried about the disgusting lyrics in pop music. I am concerned with the degradation of the content of movies suitable for young children, and of cartoons being marketed to toddlers with a PG rating full of sexual innuendo (i.e. Shrek). I worry about children being over-scheduled. I have concerns with books being published for pre-teen girls that read to me like child pornography. That is what I am concerned with, Oprah and Dr. Phil!
Perhaps Oprah and Dr. Phil could stop doing shows on celebrities. How about excluding them entirely. Don’t they realize they are just being used anyway? They know that usually the only time that a celebrity will go on their shows is when they are promoting something, a movie or a new music album or even a book.
I am happy that in the last two weeks Oprah has had some great shows about issues that are important to me: problems in American public education, girls acting stupid and superficial rather than acting authentically, the danger of living in huge debt, the over-use of plastic surgery, the problem of celebrity worship and emulation, and the exploitation of young women as sexual objects by the music industry (as music video extras). Oprah, keep up the good work on that front, but please stop thinking that everyone is celebrity obsessed. We are NOT all celebrity obsessed. Some of us ARE living authentic lives!
(I am going to email this to both Oprah and Dr. Phil.)
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