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Oprah Winfrey: Wealth Is 'A Good Thing'

Old 04-12-06, 10:29 AM
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Oprah Winfrey: Wealth Is 'A Good Thing'

It's great to see her defending her wealth instead of feeling guilty about it.


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Oprah Winfrey: Wealth Is 'A Good Thing'

Tuesday Apr 11, 2006 4:00pm EST

By Stephen M. Silverman with Susan Mandel

Oprah Winfrey is a rich woman and she's got no problem with that.

Speaking in Baltimore on Monday at a fundraiser for Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School, Winfrey told the audience, "I have lots of things, like all these Manolo Blahniks. I have all that and I think it's great. I'm not one of those people like, 'Well, we must renounce ourselves.' No, I have a closet full of shoes and it's a good thing."

Winfrey, 52, who is reportedly worth more than $1 billion, said she doesn't feel guilty about her wealth. "I was coming back from Africa on one of my trips," she said. "I had taken one of my wealthy friends with me. She said, 'Don't you just feel guilty? Don't you just feel terrible?' I said, 'No, I don't. I do not know how me being destitute is going to help them.' Then I said when we got home, 'I'm going home to sleep on my Pratesi sheets right now and I'll feel good about it.' "

The talk-show host also discussed an academy for girls that she's building in South Africa. "I want to offer opportunities to girls who have nothing but the will to learn," she said. "I'm going to be opening my school on January 2, and it will be one of the great days of my life to see 450 girls, most of them orphans who would not have had the opportunity for education in their lives, come to school."

Winfrey was the featured speaker at the event, which helped raise more than $1.4 million for scholarships to Baltimore's largest Jewish school.
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Old 04-12-06, 10:51 AM
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Yeah, she should feel guilty. I mean she works so hard and is successful and capitalizes on that in every way. What a loser.
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She is still the spawn of Satan.

And not to belittle her giving back and opening up a school in S. Africa, but how many schools has she funded/opened in America?
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Good for her! My respect for oprah just went up 5 notches...it now sits at 5.3
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In other news, Angelina Jolie has come out and said that being beautiful is a good thing.

I want to thank Oprah for showing me the truth. I don't know why I used to think that being wealthy was bad.

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Old 04-12-06, 11:47 AM
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What's with all the Oprah haters?
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Old 04-12-06, 11:49 AM
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Good for her for the truth. People in this country have raised feeling guilty for their good fortune and reward for hard work to an art form. She is exactly right that her giving up things isn't going to help others. Neither is feeling guilty.
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I'd hate her just as much if she were poor.
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Originally Posted by Jaymole
I'd hate her just as much if she were poor.
Reasons?
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Old 04-12-06, 07:51 PM
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Thor <3 Oprah!
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Hey, at least she's honest. You see, the thing is she isn't suffereing from "White guilt".

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She sounds very articulate.
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Originally Posted by Rockmjd23
She sounds very articulate.
yes, she's very well-spoken
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Originally Posted by Giantrobo
Hey, at least she's honest. You see, the things is she isn't suffereing from "White guilt".
If only she would start her own TV network. That way Dave Chappelle wouldn't feel bad about doing a show...
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Originally Posted by B.A.
She is still the spawn of Satan.

And not to belittle her giving back and opening up a school in S. Africa, but how many schools has she funded/opened in America?
Yes, but it is good to know that even the spawn of Satan can make good in the good ol U.S of A.

I mean if spawn can make it, anyone can!
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Originally Posted by B.A.
She is still the spawn of Satan.

And not to belittle her giving back and opening up a school in S. Africa, but how many schools has she funded/opened in America?
A lot. I don't feel like researching it, but I believe she's made at least one sizable donation to Baltimore City public schools.

Originally Posted by http://www.oprah.com/about/press/about_press_bio.jhtml#5
Oprah has long believed that education is the door to freedom, offering a chance at a brighter future. Through her private charity, The Oprah Winfrey Foundation, she has awarded hundreds of grants to organizations that support the education and empowerment of women, children and families in the United States and around the world. Amongst her various philanthropic contributions, she has donated millions of dollars toward providing a better education for students who have merit but no means. She also has developed schools to educate thousands of underserved children internationally and created "The Oprah Winfrey Scholars Program," which gives scholarships to students determined to use their education to give back to their communities in the United States and abroad.
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God, it would suck if Scientology got their hooks in her..
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God, it would suck if Scientology got their hooks in her..
They use her just as much if not more than every other media outlet.

Thanks for pointing that out Duran.
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Look at all the conservatives suddenly embracing Oprah for endorsing profligacy.
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Originally Posted by Norm de Plume
Look at all the conservatives suddenly embracing Oprah for endorsing profligacy.
I'm just fascinated that this was in politics/world events to begin with.

But I'll embrace Oprah any way possible.

I'm an Oprahite. (which sounds like a kind of vacuum cleaner)
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I don't hate Oprah as much as I hate the cult of Oprah - her followers that can't seem to think for themselves:
"Oprah, tell me what to buy, tell me what to read, tell me what to do, tell me what to think!"

There are idiots out there, and who can blame her for taking advantage of them.
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Originally Posted by slop101
I don't hate Oprah as much as I hate the cult of Oprah - her followers that can't seem to think for themselves:
"Oprah, tell me what to buy, tell me what to read, tell me what to do, tell me what to think!"
Precisely. And whenever the camera cuts to a flock member, it's always some immaculately made-up housewife, glassy-eyed, and swooningly applauding her svengali's every tidbit of perspicacity.
Oper's spawn, Phil, and several of the judge-show personalities also have their mindless minions.
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