More proof that she is the Anti-Christ

How can earning a spot in heaven compare with a place in prime time?

Anyone old-fashioned enough to believe in keeping acts of righteousness private should give a wide berth to Oprah’s Big Give (ABC, Sunday, 9 ET/PT), Queen for a Day as reinterpreted by the Queen of All Media. An Apprentice-type game that turns charity into a competitive sport, Give will strike you as immensely uplifting or horrifyingly vulgar, or an odd combo of both.  Good works clash with bad behavior, altruism
shares space with publicity-masked-as-charity, all wrapped in the
familiar reality-genre clichés. And at the stomach-churning center is
that old American TV belief that every problem can be solved with a
take-home prize, without any consideration for underlying difficulties.  Sunday we meet
Give’s 10 big givers, who
are broken into five teams and given a picture of a person in need.
Their task: Figure out what the person needs and raise the money to
provide it. At the end they face three celebrity judges (Jamie Oliver,
Malaak Compton-Rock, Tony Gonzalez), even though they’d be better
served by advice from people with hands-on experience in raising money
without the benefit of celebrity.
  Extreme Makeover: Home Edition treads
much of this same maudlin, TV-knows-best territory. But at least that
show doesn’t turn the people it’s making over into pawns in a game — a
game that inevitably elevates the players’ problems to the level of the
people they’re supposed to be helping.  It’s bad enough that what the people get has no
necessary connection to what they need or deserve. What’s worse is it’s
completely cut off from what they want, because the "prize" is decided
by people who barely know them. For all its new-age trappings,
Give is a throwback to a time when the poor were expected to be grateful for whatever they were given.  Seldom has the drive to do good works been as
alarmingly, offensively presumptuous. When a homeless woman says she
had hoped to be trained for a job, you can’t help thinking she may have
had the best idea of what was best for her. Might there not be some
widows who don’t want to be surprised with a block party or toy-buying
spree, or who don’t like strangers telling their children how to best
mourn their father?  There’s no doubt everyone involved means well,
but then you do know where that road paved with good intentions leads,
right? And it isn’t heaven.

2 thoughts on “More proof that she is the Anti-Christ

  1. thank you for sharing Robin… i to seriouly joke, or am i joking seriously, with the fact that ophra resembles bad stuff. i really enjoyied this article. With you i find peoples need show the world there good deeds quite…. umm… nasty is the nice word. When think of ophra i think of the rich men who go in to church and make a big deal our of what they give so that everybody knows them and things they are good. They too are on the road that was mentioned at the end.


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