‘O’ My God — Timing Is Everything for Oprah’s Revelation About Her Half-Sister
Oprah – She is the Queen of All Media, a woman so successful she has her own TV show, her own magazine, $2.7 billion in the bank, a book club that can make any author a best seller and now her own TV network. And, conveniently, Oprah also has a “secret” she had to share with 6.7 billion close friends – just in time to promote her fledgling cable channel. Oprah’s secret was the sudden revealing of a long-lost half sister – truly a touching moment in anyone’s life. But, in this case, it was a moment more touched by ratings than reality.
Oprah billed the event as a “miracle.” “I was given some news that literally shook me to my core. This time, I’m the one being reunited,” reported the Associated Press. “I was keeping a family secret for months, and on Monday you’re going to hear it straight from me.” That might lack the sexiness of Geraldo’s “Mystery of Al Capone’s Vaults,” but it’s not exactly subtle either.
Clearly, Oprah had plenty of time to envision how she wanted to handle the family news and she just as clearly used it to promote the family business. According to a Reuters story, Oprah had been searching for lost family for years, but knew about the lost half-sister since October. The half-sister reportedly knew of the relationship for three years. Hardly breaking news. “Imagine my shock just a few months ago, at the end of October, when I found out I have another sister living just 90 minutes away,” Winfrey said. Ironically, Reuters claimed “Oprah ‘speechless’ on discovering she has half-sister.” Oprah speechless? Never.
What do you think?
Was it all about the ratings?
Was it genuine?
Is Oprah the devil in disguise?
Let us know what you think about Oprah’s latest revelation and whether or not you think Oprah was just being Oprah — ie. self-promoting.