With the news that Dr. Melvin Levine—who appeared on Oprah repeatedly over the course of several years as a childhood education expert—committed suicide on Friday, the same day that 40 of his former patients filed a medical malpractice and sexual abuse suit against him, it raises the question of whether O is doing enough vetting of the authors and experts to whom she chooses to lend her credibility.Considering events like the James Arthur Ray murder trial currently going on in Arizona, and the crashing of the economy after Oprah told everyone they could wish their way to riches with The Secret, I'd say it's more than "troubling". So, now, on top of the child rapes and the closing of her African school, we've got more blood, and child abuse, on Oprah's NewAge hands, while everyone's still treating her as some kind of moral mother figure for fruitcakes. Amazing.
The number of recent scandals that have emerged — and we're talking about scandals that go beyond Dr. Phil not being a "real doctor," or Rachael Ray not having any formal culinary training, or her own falling-out with Iyanla Vanzant, or even the whole James Frey debacle — is troubling.
No, really, it's amazing she's pulling this off, without questions from the media (Have you heard anything about this child abuse scandal? Any investigative reports on Oprah's track record with who she endorses? Even after murders and rapes? Even after Obama?) nor a peep from the American public. The quoted article has a few of the controversies I'm famiar with, but what it contains that gets me is the constant scrubbing being done on Oprah's website every time some NewAger she promotes gets in trouble. It's such a regular occurrence, I'm amazed anything's still left on the damned thing.
In other words, rather than admit she's doing anything wrong, she just ruthlessly (and quickly) "moves on", hoping to latch her viewers into her next diabolical "spiritual" scheme before anybody catches on to the level of real-world corruption, and perversion, she's been involved with.
And it works. I can remember somebody saying Oprah can drive around with dead babies in the trunk of her car and, at this point, nobody would care. How does that happen? I'll tell you how that happens:
You wash an entire society in the delusional waters of cult worship - ensuring everyone's trained to be so "spiritual" and "non-judgmental" that no one is guilty of anything - and even the most wicked of pied pipers can appear to have a saint-like glow.
What Oprah Winfrey has done, and is doing, to and in our society is tragic.
But it's what our society has done to itself that's made it all possible.
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