I just ran across a well-written article/column on the Oprah/James Frey situation on the NYTimes web site. (You may need to register to see the article; I'm not sure.)
(I just love that "truthiness" is catching on. :rofl)
Great article, PhoneGrrrl! (Didn't have to register to read it, btw.) And don't forget the man who *invented* the word "truthiness". :lol
I one hundred percent agree with your post.
Originally Posted by babydollbrat
Unfortunately, not one of the best picks of O. Looks like she was caught off guard. But kinda funny.
It seems like controversy is not hurting sales. #1 one in sales in non-fiction.
New York Times® Best Sellers: Paperback Nonfiction
Week of January 29, 2006
A Million Little Pieces (Oprah's Book Club)
by James Frey
Avg. Customer Review:
And on amazon its the 6th most popular non-fiction book searched. Although, that changes hourly. There is almost some sort of press on James Frey everyday, and every amount of publicity bad or good, it is still a plug for the book
His literary agent finally dumped him.
I've seen people online who still swear it's all true (his book). So those must be the types buying it still. I'd guess.
That link is interesting but claims Oprah is a vegetarian. I could swear I've heard her talk about eating chicken. Chickens aren't vegetables!
I saw that show and I was extremely uncomfortable watching it. It seemed like Oprah and the counselor in the audience were trying to make Mindy feel even worse for making the choices she need. They didn't seem to feel any sympathy or concern for her well-being. I saw her being made an example of how not to do things and it didn't seem like Mindy was ready for that. It was almost like Mindy was the child and Oprah was the mother with a psychologist(?)/counselor to back her up.
Originally Posted by jman79
I don't think they were necessarily trying to make her feel worse; I think it was more of trying to open her eyes and getting that "aha" light to come on. I think they were trying to get her to recognize that she was more valuable than she was treating herself; I think we can all agree that she definitely didn't see any value in herself.
Originally Posted by rt1ky
The sad thing about people like Mindy is, you can see what's going on, and they may acknowledge it, but their actions tell you that they don't believe it. It's very sad. I think they were pleading and begging for her to save her life. Mindy is the only one who can save Mindy.
Oprah used to be like that too... I wonder if she'd have responded well if someone browbeat her into trying to see the light. It just seems to me like once she got up the hill she looked down on those still climbing it. But everyone climbs at their own pace.
I hope Mindy is OK now. (But thanks for another way to look at it, prhoshay.)
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