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An Open Letter To Oprah Winfrey

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Dear Oprah:

I have been let down by so many of my idols throughout my life. I first learned celebrities weren’t perfect when Boy George, who embarrassingly became my first pop idol, was arrested for heroin use. I was even more let down when Michael Jackson, the self-proclaimed King of Pop, allegedly turned into the King of Poop, but paid his way out of it. By the time Whitney Houston became a crack addict, I pretty much grew immune to the fallen idol syndrome. I also believed you, one of my idols since the mid-eighties, would never let me down. Within the past couple of years, you’ve proven me wrong.

I know you want me to refer to you as God, since everything you do these days seems done for the sole purpose of promoting yourself as the Messiah, but I think you need to slow down. Earlier this year, you opened The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in Africa. I admit it was a good thing, but if your motives for opening this school were truly altruistic, then how come I had to see your face on every single magazine and television special advertising it? A true philanthropist doesn’t need to constantly brag about the good deeds he or she is doing.

You see, Oprah, if you are going to make such a big deal about your school, you need to pay attention to it after the ratings sweeps. Hearing your tearful apology when finding out that your school is nothing more than a playground for sexual misconduct was just about as believable as your pathetic frying of James Frey, the author of A Million Little Pieces. I truly believe you were hoping the information about the sexual misconduct wouldn’t come out.

I used to think you stood for the common people. Your show about the Los Angeles riots in 1992 was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen on television. Lately, however, you seemed to have lost your touch. You can speak out against poverty all you want while sitting on that golden toilet, but exploiting poverty for the sake of exploitation doesn’t help the problem.

I can also see how you use your show to brainwash your naïve viewers into buying expensive materialistic items for your profit and then preaching, the next day, how bad it is to get into debt. I’ll also never forget how you invited the alleged sexual predator on your show, Bill O’Reilly, to talk about — guess what — sexual predators! I also find it pretty hypocritical that, like the rest of the media, you blew the Imus controversy out of proportion and pretended to be the race savior of the world. Too bad you haven’t had a word to say about Halle Berry’s pathetic anti-Semitic remarks on the Jay Leno show. Tell me, Ms.“Racism is Bad,” is racism against one race more important than racism against another?

Let’s stick to the topic of race. You are the most successful African American personality to grace the television screen. You want us to believe how important your race is to you and, many times, have even acted as the savior of the African American race. Yet, I can think of at least five Black people I know who are absolutely disgusted with you. Five years ago, I would argue with them and defend you to the point of almost being hit.

I see you trying to be “Ms. African” by running to Africa and bragging about your charity school, while the African American children, here in the Unites States — you know, the country that you actually live in — are suffering from a huge dropout rate, horrific test scores, overcrowded classrooms, and violent school playgrounds. I don’t ever see you investing in the needy Black children of the United States because, of course, it wouldn’t garner publicity and ratings.

Oprah, you may think I’m being particularly hard on you when we have other fake celebrity philanthropists, such as Angelina Jolie and Bono. Angelina Jolie uses her adopted kids as photo ops while Bono is on a mission to save the world, not realizing that the world actually needs to be saved from Bono. Neither Angelina nor Bono, though, have the talent, charisma, and diverse audience that you have. That’s why your transparency hurts more.

Oprah, I think you need to take a break. I know that’s hard for you since you make a lot of money, but you could regain your focus. Remember when you first started, how effortless it was to move an audience? You didn’t need to constantly tell people, like you do now, how great you were because they could see it though your actions. Remember how natural the interaction with your celebrity guests used to be? Now, you unconvincingly fawn over some of your guests like a puppy dog, making some believe you are possibly being paid by their publicists. Remember when you used to be a role model for middle-aged women? Now, you do nothing but brainwash them with different propaganda used to fatten up your already fat wallet.

Despite all the recent negativity, I will always admire how you rose above a life of poverty and abuse in order to become, perhaps, the most successful female celebrity ever. Many people use the negativity they've experienced to inflict negativity on others. Instead, you turned yours into a great strength and inspired millions. If you keep destroying your legacy like you have been recently, though, please have some dignity and quit.

Your Former Concerned Fan,

Daryl D

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  • harryo

    Daryl, you’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t. I’ve seen shows where Oprah has given money and offered support for Black social service, anti crime and education organizations. If Oprah wanted to start or fund a school here it would involve tons of red tape and legal libality. If the South African school was in the United States, the situation of a staff member charges with molesting a student would have been dealt with by a ton of lawsuits against deep pockets Oprah and legal actions to keep the accused teacher on the job. In South Africa the accused teacher was fired immediately and nobody’s filing any lawsuits. Also Africans complain about promiment Americans not do anything to help less advantaged Africans. Most athletes and celebs to keep their charity record very low key to prevent the “well he gave to this organization but not to that organization” type of negative publicity that sometimes comes from well known charity work.

  • ostrova

    I read that Oprah said she was very put off when she asked some American students what they’d like from her because their answers were all about sneakers and electronics and other stuff to wear or make some noise. I guess computers could’ve had redeeming value, but what she said was it was all about the bling. When she was in Africa and asked the same thing, the same-aged kids said they’d really like school uniforms, for example. She liked that kind of response a whole lot better. And that’s why her academy isn’t in Chicago.
    The bottom line is, it’s her money. You can disagree with her choices about spending it, but she’s no elected official (really, she isn’t). Maybe she needed to poll a larger group of schoolkids before she made up her mind, or maybe the only righteous kids are overseas, I dunno. Maybe one of her associate producers can research a show on that, with Gary Zukav or Dr. Phil and Rachael Ray making snacks. Just saying: yeah, I wish some deeper thought had gone into this school project, but Oprah didn’t have to ask our permission to do it Oprah-style.

  • Ellen

    Daryl,

    Who are you to judge Oprah? You do you – and let Oprah do Oprah.

    E.

  • http://www.futonreport.net/ Matthew T. Sussman

    So she has a restraining order against me? Big deal, I’ll just write an open letter.

  • student07

    Daryl,

    I find your letter to be highly unfair to Oprah, as she has done countless great deeds globally. what she does for African Americans should only reserve the opinons of African Americans. No one criticizes Jews for what they do for eachother or Hisapnics for sticking together like white on rice. Although I strongly agree and can attest to the fact that affirmitive action (a practice implmented after the civil rights movement to deter discriminatory decisions in the work place for example, seeing that many have forgotten)- has become void, being born black in this country is nothing more than a punishment, and after being supressed for centuries black americans have become culturally accustomed to the lack of support amongst eachother in fear of being left on the bottom with crumbs and no boot straps to pull up.

    As a struggling, independent black college student with nothing in my possession other than credit card debt and student loans, I will unequivocally agree with Oprah, that we do as AMERICANS have an opportunity, regardless of race in comparrisson to those in the 3rd world.

    I recently watched an ABC documentary “Heart of Darkness.” the civil unrest in the Congo is intrinsically inconceivable. the thought of eating a cup of potato water every two days is inhumane. Women at the age of 42 with a days work of carrying a 200lbs. bag up a rocky rugged mountain trail with no shoes is just unimaginable with white colonialist living in their lavish complexes off the labour of these slaves mining coltran and diamonds is disgusting.

    Finally! someone has come to the rescue of these people who have suffered for centries. So if you wanna call Oprah a mesiah, then so be it. what is Bill Gates doing with his Billions, or George Bush, leader of the free world, what is he doing, where is his heart? Bush turned down $250 million in health aid to Africa, yet he supports the ongoing financial and military assistance to ISRAEL annually. the country has the strongest military in the region thanks to U.S. support, Isreal doesn’t need anymore assistance!

    I honestly don’t think the publicity serves Oprah in any way, but what she has done deserves to be known, it’s a postive thing. People need to know what good is. People need to spread good news regardless of color. we need to revert to the “veil or ignorance.”

  • Mary

    Well Daryl, that was quite an open letter on someone like Oprah. I also was a fan of Oprah for many years. When Oprah started in the beginning there was some grit and some gratitude. I do believe she blows her own horn way to much, which gives her a very distasteful quality. The fact is, that her show and “character” has become homogenized. Its a bit sad growing up as a child in the 50s, witnessing so much over the years regarding American culture and change and what it meant to have causes. Real live living causes, just like the one at Oprah’s school. About the children there and how grateful they were with Oprah’s wonderful gesture. I do believe that Oprah, with all the power she has and all the money she has, albeit good intentions, does not understand the culture and the government of Africa as much as she thinks she does. Perhaps she understands the needs and what is obvious to her, what is in front of her, but I think her journalistic prowess fell short in the psychological aspect of the women of Africa and what they have endured. I would bet that most of the people hired there have gone through similar situations that the children were being exposed to at the school, or over night, decades or longer. I think it is called learned behavior, which you do not necessarily learn in school, and between you and me, personally I do not think Dr. Phil could fathom the psychology behind it all. Imagine that? It takes more than a school to educate a child. Oprah may be very astute in hiring a high rise full of highly educated people to run her single TV life, however hiring teachers, checking their backgrounds, the government officials in the area, and on-site psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists and social workers, in my estimation would have been essential in this situation, given the sensitive nature of nurturing very underprivileged young girls, who just want be educated, and to become somebody one day, an idol perhaps like Oprah.

    I do believe that Oprah has sold herself. I think too of that James Frey incident and I shake my head. What did that really solve? Humiliation. Okay she won, but writing is writing and obviously, this guy knew how to write. So now we have one less writer around. I guess she may know how he feels now. Did Oprah get where she is now by just hard work alone? Do you think some of it had to do with the fact that she was a black woman in the right place at the right time that could really cut it?. Everyone who succeeds gets breaks in one way or another, like Dr. Phil for example, but maybe she forgot.

  • Bill Jones Jr. / Mpls., MN.

    Daryl,
    Sounds to me like you spend alot of your time Idol worshipping…, you seem to know alot about what other people should, and shouldn’t do.
    And they all seem to be people you don’t know, won’t know, and couldn’t get near.
    Wait a minute, what is it you do? I didn’t catch that part.
    I guess what I really wanted to say is:
    “STOP PAYING ATTENTION TO WORLDLY DISTRACTIONS”
    If you were focused on what is real you’ld know better…, Go to I Thess; 4:11
    You have no idea what I’m talking about do you?
    Will some one fill this misguided child in…
    I’m out…

  • Tvandal

    Well Daryl seems like most of these other comments on Oprah sum up my opinion of your letter. I will add. Dude get a life. Oprah has tried to do more for this nation and others than I have seen anyone else. People are human beings and think that it is people like you…the no doers who try to judge the good doers. Oprah could be like every other celebrity and do nothing positive with her MILLIONS. Instead she has tried to show the world money doesn’t only mean luxury but responsibility. At least she tries to promote positive change and fulfill her role as an world icon too. You know keep the brainless interested by showing them what they want to see.

    It wasn’t Oprah who hurt those girls it was a sick SOB and she is dealing with it and once again making people aware of a very serious problem in that area and the world. Sexual abuse is something that must stop and she being a victim would not hide this….she has shared all off her pains with the public in the past! Why would she hide this now. Get a grip man….no one can hurt you with your secrets if you openly share them.

    Besides to idolize someone is to not know who you are and live through them. Respect her but don’t idolize because you will always be disappointed because HUMANS are a disappointing species!

  • Roseline Itua

    Darly,

    What have you done for just one poor child near your environment?

  • stephpowers

    Daryl,
    You said EXACTLY what I’ve been thinking in this letter. I really like your passion in it and it doesn’t seem like an effort to bash a celebrity for the sake of bashing someone (I’ve read some of your other rants).

    Oprah’s intensions are good, I believe. But she is the biggest hypocrite on the planet. You are right about African Americans not respecting her. Count me as one!

  • scottie

    why are you so full of hate?
    do you realize you have become the thing you are fighting against?

    life is too short to be angry about anything.

    BE the change you wish to see in the world.

    peace and love
    scottie

  • susan miller

    DEAR DARYL….I THINK YOU SAID WHAT MANY WANT TO SAY..AT FIRST SHE WAS FOR RTHE REAL PEOPLE..AND HELPED. I WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU THAT I AM GOING TO SEND AN OUTDATED FIGHT FOR LIFE STORY TO YOU ON YOUR EMAIL…WITH PHOTOS….TOO MANY SAID GET TO OPRAH…SHE WONT LET YOU DIE..DUE TO THE NATURE OF MY STORY IN FULL I WAS VERY WORTHY OF SAVING…3, ALMOST 4 YEARS AGO BEFORE I GOT WORSE AND ENDED UP LOSSING EVERYTHING I LOVED AND WORKED FOR…AS I HAVE NO FAMILY TO HAVE HELPED ME…..IT DID NOT HAVE TO COME TO THIS AND I DID NOT HAVE TO DIE…
    I EVEN MET GAYLE KING, OPRAHS BEST FRIEND…..MY FIGHT FOR LIFE STORY WITH PHOTOS IN AN ENVELOPE AND IN PERSON HERE IN NEW YORK.. I GAVE IT TO HER AND SAID “PLEASE…YOU AND OPRAH READ MY STORY.”.IT WAS NOT ASKING FOR ANYTHING BUT HELP TO BE HEARD….DID I HEAR ANYTHING…NOT ONE WORD….
    I HAVE EMAILED MY STORY WHICH IS NOT A STORY “IDEA” IR IS LITTERALLY A VERY SERIOUS FIGHT FOR LIFE…I EMAILED IT UNDER THE TOPICS AND HEADINGS THAT ARE POSTED..MY STORY FIT MANY OF THEM..DID SHE CALL ME AND OFFER TO HELP ME???NO…..
    IF YOU TRUELY HAVE LOVE AND PHILANTHROPY IN YOUR HEART ONE DOES NOT GO AROUND THE WORLD BRAGGING. IT IS A SILENT THING DONE WHERE YOU AND GOD KNOW….NOT RTHE WORLD…THE MILLIONS OF THINGS SHE HAS DONE???WELL I KNOW FOR A FACT THAT IT IS DONE FOR A MAJOR TAX BREAK…
    AND BIG SELF GAIN..
    NOW SHE HAS THIS THYROID THING..WELL I KNOW ALOT ABOUT IT AS MY ENDOCRINOLOGIST WAS VERY WELL KNOWN ALL OVER THE WORLD AND DEVELOPED THE BIG TSH TEST FOR DIAGNOSING THYROID..DR HERBURT S. KUPPERMAN… HE WAS A BEAUTIFUL SOLE AND I WOULD HAVE DIED LONG AGO IF IT WAS NOT FOR HIM……
    DARYL..WHEN BONO…SHOWMANSHIP…PR… HOLLYWOOD..IF YOU GOT A VERY SERIOUS LETTER WITH
    PROOF FROM SOMEONE AND
    A MASSIVE AMOUNT OF DOCUMENTS….THE NATURE OF THE STORY…WOULD YOU LET THAT INNOCENT PERSON CONTINUE TO SUFFER AND DIE OR WOULD YOU REACH OUT AND SAVE THAT SOUL???A REAL PHILANTHROPIST WOULD SAVE THAT SOUL…….I WAS IN THE INDUSTRY SOON TO MAKE IT VERY BIG IN THE INDUSTRY..I WAS EVEN AN A LISTER FOR WHICH IT BORED ME..FAME TO ME IS A FOUR LETTER WORD WHICH MEANS NOTHING UNLESS YOU USE THAT POWER FOR GOODNESS….I THINK YOU DID AN EXCELLENT JOB WITH YOUR ARTICLE DARYL AND SAID ALL THAT I WANTED TO SAY ONLY BETTER THAN ME FOR I CANT DO IT ANY MORE….LIFE IS A GIFT FROM GOD AND THOSE WHO ARE IN THE POSSITION TO SAVE AN INDIVIDUALS LIFE SHOULD ESPECIALLY IF THAT PERSON WAS A CVICTUM AND TRIED VERY HARD TO GET WHAT THEY NEEDED….I PRAY MY LETTER GETS TO YOU FOR I WANT TO KNOW WHY OPRAH LET ME DETERIORATE AND DIE????SHES KNOWS MY STORY….SO DOES GAYLE…NOT ONLY THAT MY STORY ON NATIONAL TV WOULD HAVE SAVED MANY OTHERS OUT THERE AS IT WOULD HAVE TEACHED THEM THE DO AND DO NOTS…..I COULD HAVE HELPED THIS FROM BEING DONE TO OTHERS…THAT WAS MY MISSION, DARYL..I DONT AND CANNOT GO ON ANY MORE..I HAVE NOTHING LEFT TO LOOSE.. CELEBRITIES????NO THEY ARE NOT GOD AND ALL TO MANY ARE VERY GREDY AND SELFISH.THEY FORGET WHERE THEY CAME FROM…LOVE AND PEACE ….SUSAN MILLER

  • http://www.xomba.com/culture_of_abuse_of_south_african_girls_seeps_into_oprahs_school Andrea

    At the end of the day, the girls are now being protected unlike other girls all over Africa.

  • daryl d

    this letter was done out of love for oprah, not hate. I just do not like the direction she has been going in.

  • Kayemu

    Who exactly is perfect? Oprah is human just like the rest of us. She does her best. Say what you will about her but she is authentic – authentically interested, deeply caring and yes – humanly flawed. As long as she strives to do good in this world and right all wrongs committed in the wake of her journey then really who are we to judge her? I hope you are doing all you can to make the world a better place – but judging from the vitriol in this letter, I’m doubtful. There is a much more balanced assessment of Oprah to be made. You should probably make it if you don’t wish to come off as biased or embittered. Right now I can’t take your attack very seriously, outside of posting a dissenting note so others will know your opinion is not universal.

    Good luck!

  • http://Hatian Laura

    Oprah is a lady that understnd peoples needs.She also understand tha peoples problem. I LOVE U OPRAH! UR MY IDOL.

  • http://Hatian Laura

    Well,How Can I say about Oprah Winfrey.OH! I got one Oprah is a nice lady that care about people situtions. Also she understand what they are talking about.She also understand our needs. Love Ya!

  • Pat Martin

    Daryl- Severely criticizing someone as dedicated, talented, focused, globally-minded, intelligent, open-minded and loving as Oprah Winfrey must mean you have lots of spare time on your hands. Why not follow her example and get involved in improving the world rather than attacking those who do? Keep watching her show, maybe some day she will do one on parasitic behavior and you may learn something towards getting yourself back on track.

  • Debbie

    Daryl, i am not surprised that you criticise Oprah
    for doing good. Jesus was flawless and they crucified him so you go ahead and criticise. As long as you dont crucify her thats alright with me. People will always find falt with you whether you are good or bad while at the same time they are doing nothing to make the situation better.
    Daryl let us see what you can do

  • daryl d

    I’m NOT criticizing Oprah for doing good. She has done more good than I can ever dream of. I’m criticizing Oprah’s intentions for doing her “good.” It seems like all her charty events are organized publicity stunts. If she truly cared about education, why doesn’t she open up schools in AMERICA. She expected all these brownie points for opening up a school in South Africa but didn’t care about it anymore after the ratings sweeps.

  • David R.

    I am an American Veteran, and I am ashamed at the publicity that oprah has received for her “efforts”. If she wants to help start here, in America.Not in S. Africa. Not by flaunting her money by buying bored housewives things and attacking good americans like Bill O’Reilly. I am ashamed ever since her stab at the beef farmers in this country and by her presence on tv all together. This country needs alot of changes and one is by getting her off the air.

  • Cynthia

    Oprah is the queen of all media and in that light lets what she does shine in the media. Dont have such a closed mind.

  • susan miller

    i know that daryls letter is not a hateful one what so ever. i know that it is that he is not liking the direction she is taking…ii mean come on, its all celebrity based for god sake, there is even a sight called “how to get on the oprah winfrey show thats rediculous. if your story fits the topic than you shold go on the show. mine fit tons of them and gayle king i gave my letter to her with photos of a life and death case…i got not eev an email respone. she let me die.if i were a celebrity who fell by the way side she would care. i know this for a fact. i need help from the world..i want my story told..susan miller

  • Sue

    Daryl,
    I do not understand people like you who are so critical of people that are doing something good for the world. You talk about Oprah as if she only does these things so people will worship her and I do not see it like this at all. Being is the media spotlight such as she is not something that I nor yourself with whatever fame you have acquired as a writer would know anything about. What it all entails we do not know, so we should not judge. She started off as a talk show host and she was good at what she is good at what she does. America liked her so of course she rose in popularity. This is not an easy thing because the more popular you become the more you learn how things work as a celebrity. Everything you do gets media attention through no fault of her own. This is how media, news, radio works. Is it not? Oprah has done many things that we all do not know about unless someone tells it. I do not think Oprah is the one having her assistants calling new people to let them know the things she has done. She does not need to. Whenever she does something huge it is the media that picks up on it and flys and the only left for her to do is comment back are talk about it for you will be bombarded with emails, news stations wanting to know what this is all about. This is the way media is in this county. When people have this type of popularity, I think it comes with great responsibility because people look up to you and sometimes unfortunatly for them or fortunatley for them people use celebrities as role models and we all know this, this is now america works. What you see as Oprah tooting her own horn, I see as something that comes with popularity. Just as I see your popularity being used to bash someone that is making a change in the world. Understand that she knows the responsiblity she has and uses it to show people how they can make a change and if they would like to follow or take ideas from her so be it. The world would be a better place for it. For these people that have also stated their dissapointment for her because she did not help them and their situation….you know how many billions of letters and requests she gets and has no way to see and read them herselves. REALITY CHECK PEOPLE……be realistic…I think I have a sad life story as well. Do I ever think she will help me…..NO…because I also know that there are a billion other situations in this world that are much worse then mine will ever be. So her only responsibility is to herself and she must pick and choose what speaks to her heart and only her heart, and not ours. So instead of bringing up the negatives of someone who is actually making a difference with their money, focus on what you can do with you and yours. Negative begets negative and positive negets positive no matter wether it is worth your actions, comments, etc….I am sure if we all looked at what you are doing many would come up with things where you would think..This is not what I am doing? This is not what I am about?…If everyone one of us would being with ourselves, instead of taking time to bash other on what they are doing, the world would be a better place for sure. In actuality, she does not have to do anything with her money for anyone if she chooses. So again, do some sole searching of her own to see what you can do for others instead of worrying about what others are doing for others.

  • http://john john

    hello my name is john and im just writing u this letter because im goin through so much rite now and just need some guidence. both of my best frds r locked up and there family aint there for them and there bail is so high and i just need a word of advice from someone like u 1 bail is 2500 and the other is 25000 and im tryna get as much money as i can up but its so hard doin that and tryna take care of myself to soo plzz can u guide me threw this

  • http://susanmiller susan miller

    this is to all of you..we can hash and speak our minds as much as we want but it does not change anything….i mean i share from being around alot of these people…..the ones who really care about people who desperately need help give silently..they do not go on national tv and bragg.
    most of youi do not know the pr and the big write offs they want to get and are told from there business people and account….
    it does not come from the heart..by the time people are paid big money..to show up at a charity….the help and administration costs are paid, which by the way are highly inflated……..very small per cent goes to the so called cause….
    if oprah was for real she would reach out and seek individuals who are in a life and death situation..save the person…
    i mean it would be a true act of one who is real. you people are brain washed as you do not know the industry nor the politics…you believe what you see and read…and do not see in between…cant blame you. maybe i would have been the same way but i was in the industry until i was butched…..
    you would think that she would help me but no..i gave her some very good story ideas.. amazing…..i respect daryls letter as it hits home with me and i know it is like he says.. he is not attacking any one nor is it hateful,, at least it educates people of the reality of truth when it comes to these celebs who think they are god. thankyou….susan

  • http://roxanne Roxanne Clarke

    Dear Oprah,I am writing this letter to you because I watch your shows all the time.I am asking you if you can buy me these 2 gifts:a disney mix-max at circuit city and a gameboy advance at a game store with fun girl games and adventure games.I am asking you for these because last year 2006,my family and I lost our home.I had a horrible christmas.I want to be able to have a great christmas this year.My mom doesnt have any money to buy me these.It would be soo good if you can buy me these 2 gifts.I know you will.Thank You Oprah Winfrey!

  • http://roxanne Roxanne Clarke

    DEAR OPRAH,CAN YOU BUY ME A DISNEY MIX-MAX FROM CIRCUIT CITY AND A GAMEBOY ADVANCE WITH FUN GIRL GAMES AND ADVENTURE GAMES FOR CHRISTMAS.THANK YOU OPRAH WINFREY!

  • Jacqueline Ann Roeser

    I would like to talk to you about a violation of the federal law please. I have been trying since 2001 to get someone to hear my story. Please hear my story.

  • Wilson

    I found your article to be refreshing and oh so insightful. Contrary to what she, Oprah, would have you to believe the sun does not rise and set in every word that falls from her mouth.

  • http://www.myspace.com/ms_jessica_ox Jessica Montroy

    Heyy Oprah.

    This is Jessica Montroy.

    I am writing to you to try and ask you if I can meet The JONAS BROTHERSSS!!!!

    I’m 17 years old.
    November 2006 I was diagnosed with stage 4a Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. When I was 15.

    Ever since I’ve been going through chemo and radiation therapy and CHEO (CHILDRENS HOSPITAL OF EASTERN ONTARIO)

    I lost all my hair.

    And I never even had my sweet 16 :(

    I was going through chemo on my 16th birthday!!

    So while every other girl in my grade at school were having a blast for their sweet 16 I was sick and going though chemo. It totally sucked.

    I’ve had a portacath put it, bone marrow, stem cell harvest, I had to get a brace for my foot, because of one of the medications they gave me, it was too trong and it gave me “drop foot” drop foot is where the muscle in your ancle isn’t strong anymore, andeverytime I waslked my foot would drop and I would trip over my foot and fall.

    I would do anything to meet The Jonas Brothers.

    Whenever I feel sick or down, i go traight to my mp3 or computer and just blast their music. It makes everything go away and clears my mind, and just makes me feel so happy and much better.

    I have my walls in my room plastered with Jonas Brothers Posters.

    AND NICK JONAS ♥♥♥

    I hope you get to write back to me, please

    Jessica Montroy.

  • me

    OPRAH YOU ARE THE BEST, AND HOW YOU KNOW YOU ARE THE BEST IS WHEN PEOPLE START TRING TO SEE BAD IN YOUR GOOD.DONT WORRY ABOUT IT PEOPLE NEED TO HAVE THEIR HEROS AT HOME.IF THEY DONT SEE ANYBODY AT HOME THEY CAN CALL A HERO THEN ANYTHING IS A IMPROVEMENT.KEEP DOING GOOD DONT EVEN WORRY ABOUT IT YOU WILL GET YOUR REWARD ON THE OTHER SIDE. THE ONLY THING YOU ARE GOING TO GET ON THIS SIDE IS JUST WHAT JESUS GOT CRUSIFIED.

  • cher

    Oprah helped alot of people in the world , why can’t people just leave her alone , what did you do for your people is what you should ask yourself , point one finger three are pointing back , i think oprah is a beautifull person inside an out an she should not have to deal with jelous people , she came along way with her people an i am proud of her accomplishments , i love her for her big kind heart ,i am 35 years old an i watched oprah since she started thats a long time , she did so much for people an always made me cry happy tears , like princess for the day OMG what a tradgic thing to happen to that womens house an she helped her family get free an oprah helped her get her home back WOW now come on who els in the world would help , for real , LOVE YOU PPRAH AN KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • jasmine richey

    hello oprah my name is jasmine richey and i was wondering if u can make my dreams come true i really want to be a disney channel star and meet the jonas brothers and also be on tour with them and the same thing with miley cyrus please oprah i really want this thank you

  • OPRAH

    jasmine, all you have to do is wish and pray and try and wish and pray and try enough and all your dreams will come true. don’t pray to me. pray to isaac hayes. he is your only hope. oprah blesses you. stay off my lawn.

  • wise one

    comment #35, you know that you wwere wrong for that!!!! LOL

  • milagro

    I think that Oprah does have good intentions most of the time, but there are times when she does in fact do things not totally for the sake of helping others, but for self gratification. She does not have to spend her money on anyone other than herself, but whenever she choose to share some of it with others should NOT BE THE TOPIC OF TODAY’S NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!

    I wish that I had the means to do so good deeds for people, but all that I can do is to wish each of you WELL.

  • Amanda

    Dear Opera,
    Thank you for all the money you put towards helping all the people that you do help. I was reading all the posts above and wishing I could help them all.I know you will probably never read this but there is always hope, so that’s why I am trying. I am 18 years old my parents are moving away and I am staying behind. I have searched for somewhere to live for a while now but we live in a tiny town and there is not alot to choose from. I am currently working 2 jobs and TRYING to go to school.I wish there was some way you could help me, But even commenting on how hard my life is now I feel like an aweful person because of all the other more serious needs you help with but I figured it was worth a shot! Keep up all your great work!
    Amanda

  • tina thomas

    dear miss oprah you dont me and idont know you but how well do you know chris brown and is it okay for girls to hit because she hit him also so what do that make her…….

  • OPRAH

    John, how does $100,000 sound?

  • KELVIN CIGAH

    Hello Oprah Winfrey,
    I have been thinking all this while how I can contact you, well I thank God that I got to see how I can write a short letter to you.

    My full name is KELVIN CIGAH and I leave in a beautiful city called Accra, country Ghana in West African. I was born on 1st of January 1978, I lost my parents on the age of 17 and since then I have been taking care of my self. I must tell you, I am very creative in every little thing that I put my interest in, but my problem is to bigger than my thoughts and my dreams, please come to my rescue and help me out.

    I love watching your show every time and I never like to miss a part of the show, each and every time I put my eyes on the TV to listen to your show I feel and always tell my self are you not going to come down to Africa, because there are great talented, creative people down here in Ghana just like me, but how can we reach to our goal, our dreams, no body knows when the time will come.

    Please I will be glad to here from you as soon as possible my letter gets to your desk. [Personal contact info deleted]

    Really I will be the happiest person on earth to hear from you, that’s my prayers. GOD BLESSES YOU FOR THE GOOD WORK YOU HAVE BEEN DOING.

    In cold waiting for your reply or phone call,
    Kelvin.

  • Palesa Malefane

    i really need to speak to Opera myself. Ireally need her help nd advice

  • http://www.oprahgiveusavoice.com Sheana

    Dear Oprah,

    I’m a 15 year old from Toronto, and I just wanted to ask if you can take consideration of having the ” OPRAH GIVE US A VOICE ” group air on your show. These group of people have decided to walk from Toronto all the way to Chicago, to try to get you’re attention. Today is their 43rd day of walking. I do know a lot of people from Toronto and other places have been writing letters to you about the war happening in Sri Lanka, and asking for you’re support. For more information, please visit.

    Thank you.

  • Raymond J Warren

    Dear Daryl, although your photograph is rather small, You look like a very nice lady, That is why I am surprised at your attack on Oprah Winfrey [of whom I too, am not a big fan]the thing is this, she has done a great deal for her own race over the years and I would have no doubt in saying that her actions over those years have directly enhanced Obama’s chance of becoming the first black president of the United States.

    She has also added to the betterment of blacks in America in so many and varied ways that she deserves thanks from all corners of the USA.

    Although I live in Australia, the greatest “Tall Poppy” plucking country in the world, you really do sound like one of us. Here in Australia, anyone who looks good we push straight to the top and when they get there, we immediately start on dragging them back down. Oprah Winfrey has worked hard on her career and has done well, I would rather listen to you telling me how good YOU are and how much YOU have done [or how little] rather than read negatives about anyone else.

    I know Oprah has made mistakes, we all do, Oprah can be forgiven most stupidities that her minders get her into simply because of the good she has done and the inspiration she has given. Please come back to positives and not negatives, they will not make you famous. Your looks and I am sure, charm are much better weapons of war than negatives and dislike.
    Rayw1

  • Raymond J Warren

    Dear Daryl Hah, I thought you were a lady because your complaints against Oprah very bitchy. My apologies for that. Now I am really surprised, what kind of Guy gets bitchy at a woman like Oprah? Well I suppose idolizing Boy George and Michael Jackson answer that question for me. I wish you well in your career but believe that you should curtail your attacks on winners.
    rayw1

  • Amber Julia Drane

    I had to write a speach for english on someone inspirational. And Oprah came to mind straight away. Going through pages and pages of information I came upon this letter. Daryl D while you sit on your chair writing an offensive letter you could be doing something for others. Who cares if it bring oprah fame and fortune. The girls at her school are learning. And the charitys she puts into help thousands. And the building of houses after Catrina. She does good. I think your letter was repulsive. What gives you the right to put her down and judge. Get a job or a hobby. Oprah hasn’t read your letter’ nor would she. Get a life and instead of writing nasty letters write a letter to someone you like!

  • Shyanne Grable

    dear ms.oprah winfrey
    my name is shyanne grable and i love your show you are the stongest woman i know other then my mom and grandmommy i would love to meet you one day you are an hero to me one day i will be an acter just like you and one day i’ll be a hero too.

    love: shyanne grable

    P.S i’m 15 my birthday is 4/12/94

  • janine

    I am a South African n i too believe she should have built a school for americans. I too think she is a hypocrite. I dont need to give examples because Daryl as given enough….one thinghe was definately right about was people being brainwashed. I mean look at these comments. Yes Oprah gained alot in her life but it was only through the Grace of God. Jesus deserves the praise and the glory.

    P.s All you women who wana be like Oprah and not get married and stay with a man. Read your bible. She just claims to know her bible and be a christian. Dont be fooled by charity work and money. The Bible is the only truth.

  • Ashley Ervin

    Hello Oprah,
    Im writing for help for my family. My family and I are going through some hard times with things i can’t fix or my family. My name is Ashley Ervin i am 16 years old. My father is 62 years old and my mom is 50. My house is in poor condition. My family dosn’t have the money to fix it and they are to sick to attempt to fix it, Although my family has tried. We have a 3 bedroom house,small house. My dad stays on an oxygen machine and my mom is the same way. We only have two small air conditioners in our home, i live in Mississippi so it get hot in the summer and cold in the winters. We do not have any flooring. Our family could use some help on this house. It is embarrassing to invite guests over because of the condition of our house. With my parents having breathing problems i think it would be best for them to have it cool in the house. My mom is usually in the hospital because she has breathing attacks because it is so hot in this house. As i write this letter im actually sweating. I would love for you to help me make this house decent for the family. Not asking for much. I just want to best for my family. And i want them to be around for their grandchildren. So please Oprah can you please help me with my house, even a donation would help.

  • inez barrett-williams

    Dear Oprah, Thank you for the years of service. I have not been able to watch you everyday but enough to try to get on your show wiith my sister in-law and close friend. We are want-a-be’s at this time. You ended your show with words I will never forget. They have moved me to not giving up on my dreams inspite of my age. Thank you and I thank God for a person such as you. May you continue with your dreams, “making it real for many of us.” If you decide to get another show moving on we would like to have tickets to be the first. I am watching you on OWN which includes all of your past accomplishments. We are also praying for your mom. Take care of her. She needs your time.

  • EA

    Interesting to read this now-in 2012. After we’ve witnessed Ophra’s self serving farewell to her own show, replete with Celebreties lavishly flattering her (they have to, she’s too powerful). Can you say “It’s all about ME!”

    Also after Ophra supported that horrid book ‘The Secret’-which postulated that if you suffer in life it must be your fault, and that you ‘get out of life what you put into it’-not in the normal sense, but in the sense that a person who went through the Holocaust, or say, has Cancer, experiences those things because of, what, their ‘attitude’?

    Recently I’ve felt that Oprah is distancing herself from anyone who isn’t rich financially-very materialistic…I often shake my head at the phrase ‘live your best life’. So many people are struggling just to LIVE period, and would be very happy to just be safe, comforable, have a house and a car and health insurance that was reliable and affordable. Universal health care, that would have been a cool thing for her to promote.

    I do appreciate her work on homophobia and racism. She has done a lot of good….but the hypocracy of telling other people how to live their lives, while sitting on a fortune that she could never possibly spend in her entire life, seems a bit nasty to me.

    Some people with large amounts of money see that using it for good is vastly more rewarding, and have realized that having more and more money does not really make them happy.

    I think Oprah is compensating for her childood, and also needs to feel she has control over her life, in order to feel safe (since she was sexually abused.)

    But by definition, if she truly holds to the ideas in ‘The Secret’, victims of abuse have brought it on themselves, because they must not have ‘put out’ the right vibrations to the universe.

    As a survivor myself, I do truly understand that need to reenact and or cope with trauma any way you have to. I understand that need for control.

    The whole African girls school, I think, was a recreation of her childood of poverty and having been abused. I remember she interviewed girls and picked only the ones that reminded her of herself. She needs to believe it was something extraordinary about herself that enabled her to ‘escape’. Yet she is not truly healed-otherwise she would not need to ‘re-resuce’ herself, symbolically, being the heroine.

    What is irksome about her is that she puts herself forward as this role model, but has lost the quality of being ‘one of us’-that quality which made her so popular to begin with.

    Maybe being THAT rich warps your thinking….when you can get anything you want anytime you want, that would be hard on you sense of proportion in the world….

    But always remember-she is just an entertainer. If any of us were on her show, and it suited her wishes, she would gladly skewer anyone……

    JMO

  • EA

    Oh, btw-Oprah is not reading this, some people seem to think that they can get through to her by way of this site….fyi:)Not that anyone has commented since 2008 or so