Oprah Winfrey has become the latest target of 50 Cent, the bad boy rapper whose outspokenness has started many a feud. 50 Cent, who is sometimes known as ‘Fiddy’ or ‘Fitty’, told Elle magazine that Oprah is an “Oreo” who has forgotten her black roots and now mainly caters to middle-aged white women.
It’s not the first time that rappers have expressed their resentment that Oprah doesn’t want to represent on her show. After Ludacris, Ice Cube and 50 Cent complained about her in June 2006, Oprah broke out her Ipod to prove that she listened to hip hop, and she stated that she has no beef with the hip hop community. At the same time, she let it be known that she doesn’t like any music that glorifies violence, uses bad language and denigrates women. Oprah is certainly not going to even seem to endorse anything that demeans women. Her message is one of empowerment.
Oprah’s charitable causes are known all over the globe. A 1997 episode of Oprah’s show asked viewers to try to make a difference in the lives of others. This led to the creation of Oprah’s Angel Network in 1998. This charitable organization has since raised more than $50 million that has been donated to non-profit organizations all over the world.
To get some input from regular people on this topic, I interviewed a middle-aged white woman named Nancy and a middle-aged black woman named Tonya, to find out how they feel about Oprah’s show and 50 Cent’s criticism.
Hello, Ladies. I’d like to ask you some questions to get your opinion on 50 Cent’s nefarious comments about Oprah Winfrey. Y’all both know who 50 Cent is, right?
Nancy: Yes, I’ve heard of him. He’s a rap artist.
Tonya: Yes, he is.
50 Cent says that Oprah caters to middle-aged white woman, and he called her an “Oreo.” He has said that Oprah audience is his audience’s parents. He said and I quote “She started out with black women’s views but has been catering to middle-aged white American women’s views for so long that she’s become one herself.” Do you agree with any of his statements?
Tonya: I agree that she caters to middle-aged women and that her audience is his audience’s parents. It’s an afternoon talk show. Who does he expect her audience to be?
Nancy: Yes, it’s a afternoon talk show. I work.
Tonya: I work too.
So y’all don’t watch Oprah?
Nancy: I watch it once in a while, when she has someone or a topic I’m interested in. The last one I watched was when she had Jim McGreevy, the first gay governor on there. I thought his wife was going to be on, but it was his boyfriend. He cried when he told everyone how nice McGreevy is.
Tonya: I don’t watch her much either, but they do repeat her show at night . The last one I watched was when she told everyone what bra size she wore and the best jeans for your figure. It was funny. Oprah was touching practically everyone’s breasts.
So neither one of you are really big fans of her show?
Tonya: I used to watch her show a lot, but I got sick of it. Even before the Book Club.
Nancy: I watched her a lot in the beginning. When she got really big, it got to be like a cult.
Tonya: Success went to her head. She started bragging on her money.
She gives a lot of her money to charity, isn’t that true? Do you not admire her desire to help make the world a better place?
Tonya: No, I don’t admire her. I might if she didn’t name everything she starts after herself. Oprah’s Angel Network, Oprah’s Leadership School. Oprah’s Book Club. Oprah Oprah Oprah. I heard she’s even going to have a boutique on her website. Oprah’s Boutique. What in the world does she need to be selling online?
Nancy: I think she flaunts her wealth and celebrity, too.
Tonya: I’m a Christian woman. To be charitable, maybe she started out that way to set a good example, but it’s gone way beyond that now.
So do you think that 50 Cent is justified in his criticisms of Oprah Winfrey?
Nancy: Well, I guess he has a right to express his opinion on Winfrey or whatever.
Tonya: I think I would have to see the whole article before I could say. How it came up and why 50 Cent was doing an interview in Elle Magazine in the first place. Isn’t that a magazine that caters to rich white women?
It’s a fashion mag, that’s all I know, but it’s probably a good idea to see the whole article. Well, here’s one more question – do you think that Oprah should invite 50 Cent on her show?
Nancy: No, I don’t see why she should. Like I said, he’s entitled to his opinion, but she doesn’t have to prove anything to him.
Tonya: But it would be interesting to see if he had the nerve to say she’s become a middle aged white woman to her face, or would he back down.
If Oprah did have him on her show, would you watch it?
Tonya: I might to see if Oprah can turn him into 25 cent.
Nancy: Or a dime. Seriously, I don’t think so. I’m just not that much into talk shows. Not every middle age woman’s world revolves around talk shows.
Tonya: Amen to that!
Thank you for your time, ladies.
That wraps up our interview. Would you watch Oprah if she invited 50 Cent on and he agreed to appear?