It’s been a while since I watched her show — there was a time when I taped it every afternoon to watch when I got home from work — but I’ve always been a fan of Oprah’s. And, as far as I can recall, she’s seemed pretty progressive on gay issues. I missed her recent “When I knew I was gay” show from last week, and I didn’t hop in on the blogosphere buzz about that her date with Roger Ebert, but I can’t not post about the Queerty’s suggestion that Oprah needs to walk her talk when it comes to integrity, because that concept doesn’t jibe with her show running ads from Focus on the Family.
Looking for some turkeys to stuff this year? Feces on the Family, or, excuse us, the group is called Focus on the Family, is going to be out in force along the length of the Macy’s parade, distributing materials promoting an ex-gay ministry. Macy’s can’t lift a limp whanger against the group because the parade is on public property. That doesn’t exactly excuse Dr. Phil and Oprah Winfrey, on whose programs “Feces” began running ads this past Monday.
Oprah once said: “Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not. Queerty calls for her to put her money where her mouth is and order the Feces ads removed from her program time slots.
Ditto that. I don’t know what kind of coins FoF is offering up for ads slots on Oprah, but I can’t imagine she’s so hard up that she has to accept advertising dollars from hate groups. Now, I don’t know if all the advertising decisions are made by Oprah herself, or if there’s some business bureaucracy behind it all. I’m willing to give her the benefit of the doubt, but if anyone has the power to get the ads pulled my guess is that it’s Oprah.
Given that she has a pretty big gay fan base, particularly among gay men, I think something like this ought to be a “no brainer” for someone as savvy as Oprah obviously is. (She didn’t get where she is and stay there as long as she has by being dumb, ya know.) It might not take much more than enough people reaching out to her on this issue to get her to dump the ads and send back FoF’s check.
(And it’s not about freedom of speech either. FoF has a right to their views and a right to express them. That covers their actions during the T-Giving day parade. But there’s no constitutional right to an ad on the Oprah Winfrey show that I’m aware of.)
C’mon, Oprah. This is an easy one.