Talk show and media mogul Oprah Winfrey, typically happy to shill her brand of self-help advice to armies of "girlfriends" seeking her Svengali-like influence, has sought to quash rumors that she is an active lesbian by making a statement on the subject in the August edition of O, The Oprah Magazine.
"I understand why people think we're gay," Winfrey says. "There isn't a definition in our culture for this kind of bond between women. So I get why people have to label it – how can you be this close without it being sexual?"
The bond she refers to is that between herself and Gayle King, the editor-at-large for Oprah's O, The Oprah Magazine. King, a divorced mother of two, was a news anchor for many years before she took her position at O, and the two women have been friends for 30+ years.
My thought on this is if you have to issue a written statement in your own magazine to quash rumors about your sexual orientation, there might be a good reason the rumor is circulating.
Big Whoopi Goldberg – you're gay, bi, or possibly asexual. Who cares? Most people who really aren't gay would ignore such rumors, secure in their knowledge of the truth, but Oprah – always with the James Frey spin job – doesn't want to alienate her suburban housewife minions.
In the spirit of all this openness, I will admit I don't like Oprah. I find her disingenuous, arrogant, self-centered, and a raging hypocrite. I am in the minority. Perfectly sane and reasonable people seem to accept Oprah and her unrelenting advice on how to dress, eat, decorate, think, believe – live.
Oprah attempts to project a woman-of-the-people persona, and to an overwhelming degree, she has succeeded. But, there are those who don’t buy it – and I count myself among that small, elite minority.