Alright, I’ve been watching Oprah for a couple years now – on and off, ever since my favorite gym time was at 4pm and that meant one hour of cardio with the queen of talkshow. I watched it for entertainment, kind of watching from no particular point of view – “brain dead” tv with celebrities (one of my little shameful secrets is that I like to read celebrity gossip).
Recently I’ve been introduced to watching Oprah with Joe, and let me tell you, Oprah has a whole new meaning for me. Joe can’t watch the show without falling into a scoffing session. I had never really put much stock into Oprah’s show, mainly focusing on the good charity works she does and that’s about it. Now I can’t watch it without a critical eye and ear!
I’ve been noticing more and more that people seem to view Oprah as a kind of saint and her following is almost religious in their loyalty. Oprah does no wrong. Everything on Oprah’s show is the right thing to do and will make your life better. That worries me. Because it seems like the show is becoming a big opinion-fest for her. All of her favorite people, the books she reads, the doctors she sees, the per food she uses, etc. And what Oprah likes/does must be best. Then you read about the so-called “Oprah boom” phenomenon, where if it was on her show it’s an instant best seller/ instant celebrity/ etc. It’s like people (in the majority being middle aged women and mothers who influence their children, and so on) aren’t even questioning her views anymore.
The pet food thing really made me upset. She had a show the other day about dogs. Her own dog is suffering from kidney failure and so she now works with a holistic veterinary nutritionalist (who knew they existed). Except this guy advocates raw meat as the number one food for dogs. This came out of the recall on dog food (which is cast off meat parts from slaughterhouses that aren’t deemed fit for human consumption) that was tainted. I’m sad in the fist place about the content of dog food, but now in accordance with the Oprah phenomenon, I guarantee that thousands of people will be buying more and more meat.I looked online for criticisms of this particular show and when googled I came up with about 30 blogs in a row praising this information! “Puppy’s getting filet mignon tonight!” I just hope this Oprah phenomenon doesn’t cause a backward step in the fight to end cruel practices of slaughterhouses.
I can look at it and say ‘well at least the dogs aren’t being fed tumors anymore’ but domesticated dogs do not need meat to survive, they’re omnivorous (gasp!) and it’s optional for them, just like humans – as long as protein needs are met in other ways (legumes, beans, nuts, seeds with grains). Dogs can thrive on a well balanced vegetarian or vegan diet, probably more so than on canned food. This whole separate dog food thing is a relatively new idea. Dogs used to be fed table scraps and leftovers as their dinners. The idea that dogs don’t eat “people food” is bogus.
My ranting is done.