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Old 12-10-2010, 01:33 PM
 
Location: John & Ken-ville
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I think so. When you think of the money she spent on her studio audiences vs that money that could have been donated to a charity in the United States, it seems gauche and not befitting someone like Oprah who wants to be the Queen of charity.
I think Oprah gives a lot to charities. It's her money afterall she can spend her money as she sees fit. Don't blame Oprah because she's ridiculously wealthy and claim she doesn't give to charity.

There's nothing wrong with her bestowing gifts on the audience that has supported her television program and the "cult-of-Oprah" since the 1980's. It's free advertising for the products she gives away. I think the audience has paid enough dues (buying the stuff she hawks on her show, and stuff the advertisers sell to the people who watch her show) to get a trip or a car.

I wish I could have been in the audience for one of those "My favorite things" shows she did. I would take off work and go to a taping in a heartbeat!!!

 
Old 12-10-2010, 04:07 PM
 
Location: My little patch of Earth
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I think Oprah gives a lot to charities.

There's nothing wrong with her bestowing gifts on the audience that has supported her television program and the "cult-of-Oprah" since the 1980's. I think the audience has paid enough dues (buying the stuff she hocks on her show, and stuff the advertisers sell to the people who watch her show) to get a trip or a car.

It's her money afterall.

True charity is achieved without grandstanding.


Or writing it off your taxes.
 
Old 12-10-2010, 05:00 PM
 
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I don't know. But I did just watch as Glenn Beck handed a personal check in the amount of $100,000 to the Huntsman Cancer Foundation.
 
Old 12-10-2010, 05:30 PM
 
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Yes. Seriously. Oprah has become wealthy in the United States. It would be nice to see her showcase some support for charities in the United States. She has become nothing more than a daytime TV game show host.
And a billionaire who REALLY DID work her way up(just like Repubs say people should do) and a very influential person....hardly just a "game show host".

But she doesn't obey you...such a naughty girl she is...

Has she told you what YOU should do with your money???
 
Old 12-10-2010, 05:34 PM
 
Location: California
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Is it politcally incorrect for Oprah to bestow gifts on her studio audience?

I think so.
Being PC is important to you then?
 
Old 12-10-2010, 06:08 PM
 
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Originally Posted by pommysmommy View Post
I think so. When you think of the money she spent on her studio audiences vs that money that could have been donated to a charity in the United States, it seems gauche and not befitting someone like Oprah who wants to be the Queen of charity.
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Politically incorrect? sheesh. Seriously?

She donates to many charities has her own foundation that she founded at least a decade ago.

And sporadically she plays santa on her show.

I'm sure that is all way more important than what you or I think.

Good for her. She makes people happy and helps people. If that's politically incorrect, then I'm all for it. We should all be so prosperous to be able to benefit others like that.
bellalunatic is right. oprah does indeed have her own foundation through which she gives away millions each year to various charities. as for her giving gifts to her audience, it is her money to do with what she wants.
 
Old 12-10-2010, 11:50 PM
 
Location: San Francisco, CA
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I am well aware of Oprah's Angel Network. Oprah is clueless to focus her energy on giving her studio audiences gifts they cannot afford to pay taxes on vs giving housing to the multitude of American families living on the street because this economy is in the toilet.
You think that just because she is rich, she is obligated to support the entire nation? Do you think that all rich people are obligated to share their wealth with everyone else? You sound like one of them liberal do-gooder commie socialists.
 
Old 12-11-2010, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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No. Why don't you explain why Oprah thinks it is appropriate to bestow gifts on her studio audiences when entire families are living on the streets and looking for a way to feed themselves and their families in the United States of America. Don't you think she could worry less about her show ratings and more about real charity?
first off, congrats on creating one of the most ridiculous threads I've ever read on the P&OC form. quite a feat.

second, as plenty of people have asked you and you've refused to answer, why Oprah? plenty of other shows give away gifts. Regis and Kelly give stuff away to people who call in, for example. even radio shows often give away concert tickets. why pick on Oprah, unless you're only doing so as some truly pathetic, roundabout way to pick a bone w/ Obama.

third, by all your complaining about gift giving vs. giving to charity, I guess EVERYONE should forgo buying gifts for family and give that money to charity. obviously, in your mind, it's impossible to do both .

hope you've led the way by not buying gifts and chewing out anyone who has bought you a gift instead of donating that money to the homeless. frankly, folks w/ sense realize it's possible to be charitable and give gifts

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True charity is achieved without grandstanding.


Or writing it off your taxes.
problem w/ that is if billionaires aren't public w/ their charitable donations, you'll have people like the OP constantly blasting them for being cheap. all billionaires are very public charities if you do the minor leg work to research them (something the OP apparently couldn't do)
 
Old 12-11-2010, 09:12 AM
 
Location: East Chicago, IN
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first off, congrats on creating one of the most ridiculous threads I've ever read on the P&OC form. quite a feat.

second, as plenty of people have asked you and you've refused to answer, why Oprah? plenty of other shows give away gifts. Regis and Kelly give stuff away to people who call in, for example. even radio shows often give away concert tickets. why pick on Oprah, unless you're only doing so as some truly pathetic, roundabout way to pick a bone w/ Obama.

third, by all your complaining about gift giving vs. giving to charity, I guess EVERYONE should forgo buying gifts for family and give that money to charity. obviously, in your mind, it's impossible to do both .

hope you've led the way by not buying gifts and chewing out anyone who has bought you a gift instead of donating that money to the homeless. frankly, folks w/ sense realize it's possible to be charitable and give gifts



problem w/ that is if billionaires aren't public w/ their charitable donations, you'll have people like the OP constantly blasting them for being cheap. all billionaires are very public charities if you do the minor leg work to research them (something the OP apparently couldn't do)

They're damned if they do and damned if they don't. If I give to a charity and let people know, I'm doing it for publicity. If I do it on the down low and no one hears about, I'm a selfish bastard.
 
Old 12-11-2010, 09:17 AM
 
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I have not watched Oprah since she chose the "political" path with her show in the last presidential election. I do support her right to do it.

IMO, the gifts are GOOD.

They all put money in the economy.
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