Vern’s Venting: The Great Oprah Mammy Tour

Oprah Winfrey

by Lavern Merriweather

The other day, I was visiting a website called Newsone that caters specifically to topics relevant to black folks. And a woman made a sarcastic comment about why is it that lately, the history of Negroes is being seen through the viewpoint of servants. She complained that the people who make these films seem to forget about more prominent African-American contributors to society, people such as Adam Clayton Powell, Bessie Coleman and Marcus Garvey. Instead, we get craptastic shit like that best- selling book “The Help”, and this cringe worthy monstrosity called “The Butler” starring Forrest Whitaker and America’s favorite mammy herself Oprah Winfrey.

Oprah Winfrey and Forrest Whitaker staring in Lee Daniel’s “The Butler”

 

A sentiment that I couldn’t agree with more even if I fucking tried. Not that I need to becausen I’m sure a lot of folks are just as fed up with Hollyweed domestics. To hear Holly-worthless tell it, black folk’s stories only matter if they share as much top billing, if not giving all the glory to white people. What’s worse is that they think throwing in the tagline that this is a ‘true story’ is supposed to ease the well- deserved disgust that films like this generate.

Well here’s the thing, Hollywhatever; I don’t give a fuck. That it’s a true story!

That does not in any way, shape or form make this movie any less of a shitty piece of tripe meant to make you, a.k.a. white males, look more like heroes and not as villains. This is more Hollywhitewash of the dominant culture’s decadent, brutal thuggish past. They might as well be the well-meaning mother-in-law who defends her wife-beater son by showing his ‘cute’ baby pictures in court after he’s beaten his wife so badly that she is now in a coma. Spare me!

Painting the past with a rose colored brush will never alleviate it or change it in your favor. The long suffering black people can never truly be erased or fixed for your benefit. But still, according to you, we still look to the white man as our rescuer in movies you produce and distribute.

It doesn’t surprise me in the slightest that this movie has Oprah Winfrey’s name all over it. Remember this is the same woman who has made millionaires out of people like James Frey, Paula Deen, Dr. Phil, and the world’s most annoying woman, Rachel Ray. And please don’t give me that argument about all her contributions to black people. It obviously ain’t showing where it counts.

Oprah with Rachael Ray

 

I remember rather vividly when Oprah first took over for the morning show “AM Chicago” that would later become her own program. There was a picture in a local magazine of her and her staff of producers, and it caused many black Chicagoans to lament that her behind the scenes staff was all white.

Winfrey defend her position by saying that this particular group of people was there when she got there. So, she had nothing to do with their being hired. Yet, when the show DID become hers, the production staff stayed the same. So who the hell was she trying to kid?

I have noticed for some time over the years that the whiter her viewing and studio audience got, Winfrey did her best to cater as much as possible to their needs, including demonizing black males, particularly the ones that are famous. Ms. Winfrey never let one minute pass without reminding her lily white cult of soccer moms that she sympathized with them, because she too clutches her purse when she sees those awful Negro men or that she agrees that black men are just the scourge of humanity.

I say that because I can’t for the life of me ever recall that sentiment being expressed towards white males. One instance especially stands out for me, which stems from her never ending terrorizing of rap music and its artists, something that she has never spent one moment preaching to the many white males that run the movie and television industries.

Anyway, little Ms. holier-than-thou was in a big fat tizzy because of a certain rap video starring popular rapper Nelly called “Tip Drill”. The part that supposedly got Winfrey’s huge britches in a knot was when Nelly swiped a credit card down a video vixen’s ass. As gross as that is, it pales very much in comparison to a scene from the HBO smash hit “The Sopranos”.

In one episode, the character of Ralph, played by my favorite actor, Joe Pantoliano upon hearing that a stripper he had sex with is pregnant, makes a derogatory comment to her causing her to get angry and spit in his face. Joey Pants then beats the girl so badly that she ends up dying from it, while his friends cover for him by dumping her body. Keep in mind that he killed her after finding out that she was pregnant with his child. So, he not only doesn’t care about beating a woman to death, but one that is carrying his offspring. Wow, what a nice guy!

Joe Pantoliano in “The Sopranos”

 

When Oprah had the cast of the show on her program, she didn’t seem the least bit upset or put off by a young woman-with-child being murdered by her pissed off fuck buddy. In fact, she hasn’t uttered one peep about any of the ridiculous amount of misogyny on “The Sopranos”. So, in the little world of Winfrey it’s perfectly okay to beat to death a woman that has told you she is pregnant with your kid, but it’s NOT okay to run a credit card down a girl’s butt crack.

Maybe it makes sense to her, but it makes none to me. Then again, I don’t live to abide by white society’s standards to the degree that she does.

It’s not a coincidence that she very rarely – if ever – attacked white males, nor did she spend much effort on bringing attention to black women that have been raped, murdered, and(or) missing. But let that be JonbBenét Ramsay, Elizabeth Smart, Natalie Holloway or some young, white pretty blond and she couldn’t move her big self fast enough.

Then, she has the absolute nerve to do a show for Rhianna when she has never shown one bit of interest in the welfare of other black women, unless it’s some stupid ass, crappy-as-hell Holly-weird garbage that once again pats white males on the back for doing what they could during civil rights and makes her look old, fat and haggard.

Recently, while at a fancy expensive store in Switzerland, Winfrey was treated like a common hoodrat by a store clerk who felt that a woman, who is a fucking billionaire, couldn’t afford some butt-ugly, little blue handbag for 38 grand.

That same thing happened to her at a store in Paris where although she is supposed to be rich, famous and beloved by white women still has some European cunt remind her that she is not one of them and never will be.

No matter how much white female ass she kisses, Winfrey doesn’t seem to get that she will still not be invited to any of their reindeer games. What galls me the most, however, is that Winfrey later apologized for ‘embarrassing’ the entire country by having this incident made into such a big deal. Okay, say it with me. WHAT THE FUCK!?

Are you fucking kidding me? If that were me, you bet your sweet ass I would raise as much hell as humanly possible and in every corner of the fucking globe to boot. Ms. Winfrey however took the slave route and said ‘sorry’ to massah for knocking her in the head, or in this case, insulting her with a ‘Sorry, Negro, but you aren’t welcome here.’

On another website, someone criticized me for calling Winfrey a mammy. Well what the fuck is that but straight up mammy mentality.? She has to show humility in the face of being treated like a piece of crap? Sorry…no matter of fact, HELL TO THE NO!

I don’t exactly know what kind of message Winfrey is sending by starring in these shit-ass films or bowing down when she is being berated by racism, but it can’t be anything good. I also don’t know what kind of world she lives in but I imagine that by now, she makes sure that the floors are clean enough for her white constituency to eat off of.

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28 thoughts on “Vern’s Venting: The Great Oprah Mammy Tour

  1. I agree 100% about Oprah. Not only is she a mammy-with-money, but she is very egotistical. She doesn’t even let people finish their sentences when she is interviewing them; she cuts them off in mid-sentence.

    Speaking of ego, American celebrities tend to think that because people know who they are in America, they expect to get that royal treatment abroad, regardless of their appearance. Both times when she was refused service in European stores, she was not dressed up. Europeans, from what I’ve read, will respond to you positively if you LOOK like you have money. Oprah was not wearing expensive, brand name clothing, nor did the people in the store know who the hell she was. Now, I’m not saying that racism was not a factor in her mistreatment. It may have been. But as Paul Mooney said, “I blame Oprah for that. When she doesn’t have any makeup on, you don’t know who that bitch is.”

  2. Oprah’s experiences in Switzerland and Paris should tell Blacks worldwide that no matter how rich, pretty or how much money we have, non Blacks will always look down on us because we are Black. Hopefully these experiences made her wake up and stop kissing White ass.

    And what has she done for the Black Community? That is what I wonder.

    And I don’t hate Oprah but this written article has brought up a lot of criticisms I have of Oprah though.

      1. oh yes she gave tyler perry some air time on her network and gave him her stamp of approval. I bet he is one of her favorite things. she has done things for the black community gave us precious and wouldn’t shut up about it and gave her seal of approval. And she has taken back her claim of racism when that woman didn’t allow her to see that expensive purse just in time for the butler movie to come out and to make ppl think see now if blacks would stop complaining about racism and recant like oprah everything would be ok. and she gave us sweetie pies so we can lust after that fried food on there and want to eat it.

      2. She opened a school in South Africa for girls, most of them Black. However, she could have done something similar in the U.S.

      3. I heard she was commented on why she didn’t. Her reply was along the lines that the kids here care more about materialism. I dunno if she actually said that, though.

      4. oh yeah she said “I became so frustrated with visiting inner-city schools that I just stopped going,”
        “If you ask the kids what they want or need, they will say an iPod or some sneakers. In South Africa, they don’t ask for money or toys; they ask for uniforms – so they can go to school.”

        I have no issue with her building a school outside the us but she just acts like black kids here want all that material stuff when it is an American thing imo. There are kids that want to learn here but are bullied, have impatient teachers and parents that may not be involved. She could’ve teamed up with the successful black schools and they could’ve came up with a plan on how to teach the kids. get qualified teachers, a good curriculum, discipline, a great principal, and have uniforms,I bet that would have made a difference. she just wants to play to the white ppl and they think oh oprah doesn’t even want to deal with the blacks here so they must be terrible. smh

      5. oh yeah she said “I became so frustrated with visiting inner-city schools that I just stopped going,”
        “If you ask the kids what they want or need, they will say an iPod or some sneakers. In South Africa, they don’t ask for money or toys; they ask for uniforms – so they can go to school.”

        That was it!

        The culture of America continues to disregard the children’s needs, but will make generalized assumptions as to what they want. Plus, it doesn’t make learning a priority as opposed to owning an ipod. It seems to want kids to own that than own knowledge.

        For kids of color, it’s especially hard. America always has low expectations of black youth, and many schools project that onto black students making them feel dumb and worthless, destined to end up dead or in prison before having an office.

      6. Oprah complains about African American kids being greedy, but she’s the one kowtowing to racist white people for money.

  3. Oprah seems to care more about success and status than her own dignity. That’s why she apologized to those Swiss people. And that’s why she does movies perpetuating stereotypes of black people to make a profit. Is it me or all of the people she has helped make millions for or help them become millionaires are white?

  4. Oprah has proven herself to be a very serious mammy. From The Color Purple to The Butler, she seems to not mind being a buck dancing handkerchief head. But you already said all that need be said about her. She has thrown every Black person in the world under the bus, or as I like to call it “sold her soul” to make it big. And shes arrogant about it.

    Oprah please remember that you are a nigger with a lot of money. They reminded you of that when you went to Switzerland and try to buy an obscenely priced purse.

  5. She did say that the reason she choose the South African girls is because the American kids are too materialistic and the kids in African would be more appreciative, I think that’s a shame. I know for a fact that is not true, that black American kids would not appreciate education. In my city, at the Barack Obama Learning Academy. It’s an all boys school they dress up in shirt and ties and nice khakis and loafers and they are taught Mandarin, German, and other laugages. They are on par with the upper class schools in the Northern part of our city which is the more priveledged white segment. Then there is the St. Phillips school in the southern part of the city. These kids are very successful and get intro good schools, when it’s time for college. So Oprah, saying that black American kids are materialistic is not true, there are many black kids that have brilliant minds and need that to be cultivated in an environment to nurture them. I was disappointed in Oprah for that.

    1. Really? I find that offensive because I am in school and I care very much for education and to hear that from Oprah out of all people is crazy. She should try to give back to our community yet she is using excuses like Black American kids are too materialistic. Not all Black American kids are materialistic.

    2. It’s an excuse not a reason to deny black children except the ones that are seen by white society as impoverished which is stereotypical as hell to me. Let’s help these poor African dummies who don’t know how to take care of themselves. The epitome of patronizing.

  6. Dang, too many typos in above comment. I know that there are many black kids who would appreciate a quality education. Oprah, was wrong for that.

    1. I agree. I plan on going to college after graduation and to hear that from Oprah is just mind goggling. That is just one of her excuses for not wanting to help out our community. It makes me sad when one of our own doesn’t try help out the community or even bring the money back to the community.

  7. The reason why she is teaming up with Tyler Perry is because OWN, was going down the tubes and together with his money they are putting out these crappy shows. These are such awful shows. The shows in the 90’s were better than this junk, they are cranking out now.They have money and and still can’t put something decent out there. They should be able to hire the best writers, and directors etc. Instead we get these bad actors with bad dialogue and just stupid asinine plots. I can’t stand the stuff on that station.

  8. I have always had a dislike for her and the way that she demonizes black men, the part about her not confronting the sopranos cast made me dislike her even more. I remember when ludacris was on her show with the rest of the cast of crash and not once did she ask him a question about his role in the film, but she didn’t have a problem asking him why his music was so misogynistic. He wasn’t there as ludacris the rapper, but as Chris bridges the actor.

    1. She doesn’t owe anything but what I have a problem with is her fake black people outreach nonsense. and the fact that she tears down other black people to make herself likeable to white folks that’s such bullshit.

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