About once a year, I have a lot of thoughts about Oprah. Since she's hawking this film project with Forest Whitaker and I heart him, she's on my radar. This is long and not deep.

There's an interview/talk in Parade with Oprah, Lee Daniels and Forest Whitaker (Dlisted is as usual hilarious about it). Oprah describes how she decided to be in the film:

Lee was relentless. I remember being on my mountain in Maui, where I go to try to restore myself. And he called saying, “You need to get ready, because you are Gloria.”

on MY mountain. In Maui. Oprah I hate you. We know you have more money than the Federal Reserve, and you are busy as hell, but why you got to rub it in my face that you own a fucking mountain? Hard for me to take the "just one of the girls" act seriously when I'm imagining what the closing papers looking like when you bought your MOUNTAIN. Did you get an adjustable rate mortage or just pay the realtor in million dollar bills you keep in your underwear drawer? Are there specialized mountain inspectors?? Do we look like ants when you look out of the windows from your mountain?

And of course, more of the endless celebrity talk about the N-word (Is this because of Django Unchained? Fuck you Tarantino). All three now agree: Just Stop:

Lee Daniels: It’s a word I used quite a bit, until Oprah sat me down and talked to me about its power.
Winfrey: You cannot be my friend and use that word around me. It shows my age, but I feel strongly about it. … I always think of the millions of people who heard that as their last word as they were hanging from a tree.
Forest Whitaker: I don’t use the word. Never did.


Oprah I seriously heart this answer. It's a little Oprah-melodramatic (Opraratic?), but it reminds everybody that there is serious HISTORY attached to this word and that people who use the word are showing their respect/lack therof for themselves and black people they know.

Then I saw the pics of her going to a Letterman interview. She looks Ahhhmaaaazing. I never wanted a color-blocked dress until now. I want the hair, the dress, all of it.


OK, now I'm hitting Starbucks, where I go to try to restore myself. It's an uphill walk so I'll be just like Oprah on a mountain.