Buzz Off, Kitty Kelley—We Know Oprah's Not Perfect

Why would we want to see this woman shamed?
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 13, 2010 12:53 PM CDT
In this book cover image released by Crown Publishing, Kitty Kelley, author od "Oprah: A Biography," is shown.   (AP Photo/Crown Publishing, Clay Blackmore)
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(Newser) – We're not perfect, and that's OK. And we know it's OK, writes Heather Havrilesky for Salon, because Oprah told us so. The queen of all media has shared her weight struggles, her history of sexual abuse ("years before it was considered remotely acceptable to do so"), and her embarrassments with millions of women who needed an example like hers. So why, Kitty Kelley, "would we want to see this woman publicly shamed?"

We don't care if she's "straight, gay, arrogant, self-involved, an alien from a distant planet, a new drug-resistant strain of flesh-eating bacteria, whatever." And "don't insult our intelligence by insinuating that Oprah is just another insincere, self-serving power player." Because frankly, she should be. "How could a human being with this much power and ambition not be a little bossy or self-aggrandizing?" asks Havrilesky. Hear, hear! Though we can't help but add that Kelley's previous targets—including Jackie O and Nancy Reagan—weren't deserving of such treatment, either.

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