When you become as famous as Oprah Winfrey, unfortunately you also often become the target of gossip. And that’s what happened to Oprah yesterday, when she was accused of fixing her own competition in favor of a black woman and against a handicapped white guy. But did Oprah really rig the competition in favor of a black woman? Of course she didn’t and, if you’re any kind of decent human being, you wouldn’t have believed it either. But, for those who did believe it or question Oprah’s morals (shame on you!), here’s the story of Oprah’s ‘scam’ and what really happened.
The story starts with Oprah running a contest on her OWN TV website and the winner getting the prize of their own TV show. Yesterday, the voting was down to two contestants. The first, Zach Anner is a handicapped white guy, who wants to have his own TV show traveling around the world to prove even those wheelchair bound can seek adventure. The second, an African American woman called Dr. Phyllis who wants to host a teachers’ reality show.
Yesterday morning, Zach Anner was ahead with more than 8 million votes and, in second place, was Dr. Phyllis with over 6 million votes. Then in less than 20 minutes, Dr. Phyllis’ votes on the website went up by over 300,000 and Oprah was blamed for trying to rig the competition. In no time at all, the phrase “oprah riggs contest in favor of african american” was the top search term on Google and Oprah’s reputation was at stake.
But here’s where the simple-minded should have used their brains a bit more before jumping to conclusions as, if they had, they would have figured out in a nanosecond, Oprah didn’t fix her own competition. But hey, thinking for yourself actually takes more effort than blindly believing some ridiculous gossip on the internet, as the millions of fools who googled “oprah riggs contest in favor of african american’ instead of finding out the real truth can tell you. But, if they had done some research to find out what really happened, what would they have found out? This.
As anyone who runs a website knows, hackers can be a problem. When you have a large website or you’re famous, hackers can be the bane of your existence. Yesterday, hackers became a pain in the patoot for Oprah as her OWN TV website was hacked and competition votes manipulated. Then, as Oprah oblivious to this simply got on with her day, rumors started to spread all over the net that she was fixing her own competition, things got ugly and soon Oprah’s ‘bad morals’ are at the top of Google search.
What gets me though is not that hackers would attack Oprah’s site (I’m surprised they haven’t got there before now). No, what gets me is the sheer stupidity of so many people who would actually think for one second that Oprah would stoop that low. But, it’s not only stupidity it’s also a discreet form of racism, accusing Oprah Winfrey of being biased towards someone of her own race, as it says she’s not really ‘worthy’ to be treated like the rest of us (whites that is) as she cheats. However, dumb just got a lot dumber and, if you were one of the ones who really believed the gossip that Oprah was fixing her own competition, then I doubt there’s much hope for you.
That Oprah wasn’t fixing her own contest was evident to anyone with more than two brain cells. For the entire time Oprah has been in news programming and then in the entertainment field, she has always prided herself on her ethics and morals. Just about anyone who has ever worked with Oprah will tell you she is one of the kindest, most generous, nicest and most honest people you’ll ever meet. Everything she does is above board and honest. Oprah has even run her talk show for the last 10 years or so on a platform of doing good and ‘being the change you want to see in the world’. Which means, how on earth would it ever benefit Oprah to fix a competition just to benefit another black woman? The answer, it wouldn’t. That’s why she would never do it.
So, the next time you hear some nasty rumor about Oprah (and believe me, there’ll be another one coming soon), think about what’s being said and figure out the facts before you expose your mind to those kinds of lies. Oprah’s done good for millions of people over the many years she’s been in show business, so it’s a little tacky to be jumping on the “Oprah scam bandwagon” before figuring out the facts for yourself. Isn’t it?