Why You Should Hate Oprah She's an egomaniac with a freak show and lousy taste in gurus By Kevin Spak, Newser Staff Posted Jan 13, 2010 10:26 AM CST 24 comments Comments Oprah Winfrey waves to photographers, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) (Newser) – It’s OK to hate Oprah. Sure, she overcame a tragic childhood, sure, she tackles taboo topics, and yes, she gives to charity. But Jennifer Simon of Nerve hates her anyway, and here’s why you should, too: Her idea of happiness is expensive. Oprah’s a believer in retail therapy. She’s constantly promoting her "favorite things," then selling them in her Chicago store. “Go for your dreams! Buy an ‘O’ notebook to write them in!” Her show is basically Springer. Oh sure, her show strives to be more empathetic and sophisticated, but “at heart, it’s still a freak show.” She’s an egomaniac. Come on, she started O: The Oprah Magazine, a periodical devoted to her own interests, and has appeared on every cover. She loves pseudoscience. Blame Oprah for popularizing The Secret, which claims that the universe rewards positive thinking. So tragedies only happen to negative thinkers? She brought us Dr. Phil. ‘Nuff said. Click here for the rest of the list.