Maybe, I thought, I was the only one turned off by the self-adulating excesses surrounding Oprah Winfrey's departure from Chicago. (Where's she going again? Oh, yeah, somewhere out west, to live with all the stars that came to say goodbye to her at her United Center extravagent amour-propre. How's that for irony?)
Naturally, the media had no other choice--struggling for survival as they are in this digitally transformed world--but to cover the immensely popular Winfrey. But, c'mon guys, when is enough, enough? Every time I see someone popping up with an "exclusive" interview with Winfrey, I blanch in embarrassment for my profession--at least that's what journalism was once called. Get used much?
I'm so sick of the ardor that is stinking up the place, I couldn't read any more about it, which is not the way to research a column or a post. So, when I came across someone who did more than think about it, I was delighted. Sun-Times columnist Richard Roeper did a terrific job, and I highly recommend it.
From the footage I have seen of the event, the most memorable moment came when Jada Pinkett Smith said to Oprah, "You have enlightened us, you have empowered us, you have taught us how to 'be' . . . I know you don't have children of your own, but you have mothered millions . . ."
Wow. That's just about the perfect combo platter of a load of New Age baloney coupled with a backhanded compliment.
Ya gotta read it.