Associated Press: Winfrey Has Heard the Rumors, but Denies She’s Gay
Her long personal and professional connection with Gayle King has sparked rumors that they are gay, but Winfrey denies it in an upcoming interview with ABC’s Barbara Walters.
“I’m not even kind of a lesbian,” Winfrey says.
Persistent gossip to the contrary annoys her, she says, explaining that, if it were true, “Why would you want to hide it? That is not the way I run my life.”
Asked to describe her relationship with King, Winfrey calls her “the mother I never had, the sister everybody would want. She is the friend that everybody deserves.” Winfrey’s eyes moisten and her voice chokes as she adds, “I don’t know a better person.”
Okay, everybody … look under your seats … and you’ll find …
… a reason why we all should care?
Look, it’s not generally like me to get all involved in pop culture and what not, and to be honest I cannot recall the last time I sat and actually watched Oprah. However, there must be something to her, seeing that she has amassed a multi-billion-dollar fortune just for sitting down and talking to people about their boobs, or whatever it is they talk about on her show.
That being said, there’s a reason I wanted to weigh in on the lesbian rumors. Do I care? Not really. Is there a bigger message in all of this? I think so.
We have become so hung up on all forms of identity — gay, straight, black, white, Hispanic — and I wonder if we’ll actually get anywhere in the public discourse until we can completely let it go. Sure, there will always be those who honestly feel as though gay people just need to “snap out of it” and, sure, there will always be the race-baiters of the world trying to stir things up for the sake of stirring things up and padding their wallets. (Per Gateway Pundit, see Al Sharpton’s recent call to the FCC urging the agency to shut down Rush Limbaugh.)
So yes, this may be a moment of liberal-like idealism on my part, but we really need to stop caring about what side Oprah’s bread is buttered on, if you know what I mean. Would it really diminish her accomplishments as an entertainment legend? Would it really diminish her charitable work? It’s time we focus on what actually matters.
In the upcoming presidential election, as much as I’d like the focus to be taken away from social issues and instead placed squarely on fiscal issues, we are going to see candidates–especially on the right–scrutinized because of their faith, gender, color and more. Let it go. I don’t care if Mitt Romney is a Mormon; does he know what steps are necessary to turn around this country? I don’t care if Sarah Palin is a woman, or if she talks a bit like Marge Gunderson; does she have an adequate grasp of domestic and foreign policy in order to serve as a chief executive and delegate to the right people? The same thing goes about candidates on the left — I don’t care that Dennis Kucinich is a nutcase so much as I care that he has the wrong ideas, just as I don’t care that Barack Obama is half-black so much as I care that he resents the very notion of American exceptionalism.
I’m tired of seeing news stories discussing how the U.S. Senate is once again devoid of any black senators. I’m tired of seeing people on the right and left pigeonholed into one group or another based upon characteristics that simply do not matter. Let’s get our priorities straight, America. Maybe we can start with Oprah.