Thursday, January 08, 2009

Oprah Winfrey, SHUT UP About Your Weight!


Yesterday on CNN, I watched aghast as Oprah Winfrey tearfully confessed how “embarrassed” she was to attend a photo op with Tyra Banks and some other woman. Or maybe some other two women; I was a bit distracted by sheer irritation.

Because Oprah's shame was because she had—wait for it—gained weight. Never mind that she is one of the wealthiest, most powerful, and yes, the most glamorous women in the known universe! The fool wants to be Chanel Iman in the bargain.

Oprah, dahling, if I were sitting opposite you on the set of your show, I would have one thing to say to you about your weight:

Shut up.

Well, maybe more than one thing:

You were not meant to be thin. Haven’t you learned that by now? Hasn’t the fact that you have to work harder than a Roman galley slave to stay below 200 pounds made you realize that you were not intended to be waifish? Or even slim? Both of these photos are less than a month old.

Why do you keep punishing yourself? Why do you keep hating yourself? And more important, as a voice that influences millions of Americans, why do you persist in helping other large men and women feel horrendous about themselves?

What is WRONG with you?

Why can't you be comfortable with your body, like Queen Latifah?

(Yes, I know she did those awful Jenny Craig commercials, that still baffles me.)

Enjoy your flesh, like Pierce Brosnan's wife Keely (and, it seems, Pierce)?

Since I am talking to Oprah, I shall make a personal confession at this time. I too have fought the battle of the bulge. I too have given in to the whims of fashion, starving myself and exercising constantly. I was exhausted, and photographs from that time show a rather unhealthy looking young woman. For obvious reasons, the instant I relaxed my Draconian regimen, the weight came back.

Then, about eight years ago, for medical reasons, I had to lose some poundage, so I did. Slowly. It quite literally took years. But here is the crucial difference: my aim was not to be thin. I am still luxuriously plus-sized, with a beautiful décolletage and a comfortably curvaceous figure. I was never meant to be thin, and I have the common sense to realize it.

Oprah, there is nothing wrong with being “fat,” as you define fat. It is so easy to predict your future: months of hard work, following your new program for 2009, success, posing for happy pictures.

And by 2010, the weight will be back. And it will be time for yet another round of annoying interviews with a woman who refuses to accept herself for who she is.

Oprah, no matter how much you achieve, how much money you make, you will never truly love yourself until you learn to love the shape you were born to have.

Hmmmmm...Methinks I should have my own chat show, don’t you?

Elisa & Bucky the Wonderdog


Beth said...

Oprah has *always* looked better when she has had curve. Heck, Tyra has stated that she's not a size 2 and is not going to deny it. Tyra is not going to sit around and gorge herself, but she is not going to deny herself food... which is what Oprah tends to become obsessed with.

Karen Elmquist said...

GREAT post!! you rock!

Anonymous said...

Good Points. I don't know why Oprah has to publicly flog herself. Her fans sure don't care.

And Pierce Brosnan's wife's name is Keely Shaye Smith. She took some real heat for getting fat after having children. The studies show fat is healthier then thin, but we as a culture are obsessed with being super thin.

Danyelle said...

*applaudes* Thank you so much for that.

Anonymous said...

thanks for telling Oprah to shut up. I've also gone throught the ups and downs and it has taken me a lifetime to finally accept my curves. I'm not thin, nor skinny (was probably for a total of 10 days) but not quite a BBW though at one point in my life I had been obese. Now that I accept myself as is I find that I have quite the admirers who are relatively quite attractive fit & athletic men(straight guys!) both younger than me and others that are older than me...and never in a million years did I think some toned adonis would go for a curvy woman like me-I always thought they went after the models. Who knew?! So yes Oprah, shut up! Replay the scene in Eddie Murphy's "Nutty Professor" where the father at the dinner table was praising Oprah as "being fine" when she was heavier. Ok, so this is more than my 2 cents worth.

Anonymous said...

I would just like to add to your most insigtful analysis of all the to-do on Oprah. She is not all that tall, for the weight she is carrying around. There are many of us women carrying around 200 pounds plus and deal with the problem in our own way. Being in denial of the fact that she cannot step on a scale and admit that her weight is over 200 pounds at this point may be a contributing factor to her weight problem. She continues to slim herself down with the skinny lens on the cameras that photograph her, continues to pile on the hair, and continues to display her "lighter weight pictures", as cover shots on her magazines. If she hadn't used the airbrush technique for her cover shots over this last year, she would have been able to deal with the weight gain in a more sensible manner. The truth shall set you free, Oprah, and once you can step on the scale revealing your real weight, and this is only because you, yourself, make such a big deal about it, in front of millions of women and confess that you don't wear a size 14, and that you are never going to look like you did when you pulled all that fat in the wagon on stage in your size 10 jeans, and take responsibility for your own actions, you will continue to make yourself miserable. Once you're out of denial, it will be easier to set forth a sensible goal for yourself. The skinny lens, airbrushing, 3-4 pairs of false eyelashes are enablers, not problem solvers. Start with baby steps in resolving, not solving, what you believe to be a personal problem. The nation's economic and financial status is a problem,
not Oprah Winfrey's weight.