Let me give y’all a piece of advice: Oprah Winfrey is NOT the one. Y’all can cuss, carry on and berate MOST celebrities on Twitter and they will take it with a grain of salt and keep it moving, or write some incredibly offensive remark which they will have to eventually delete or apologize for [well, unless your name is Rihanna and you TRULY don’t give a F*^K]. But, I was pleasantly surprised to see Oprah drop some Nas’ brand ETHER on some douchebag who got completely out of pocket with her a few days ago.
Here’s the tweet, followed by Oprah’s EPIC comeback:
Some of you may wonder where that dudes comment came from, so just to clarify, it stems from Oprah’s creation of The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa. In January of 2007, she created this girls only boarding school in Johannesburg to provide educational and leadership opportunities for academically gifted girls from impoverished backgrounds. While opening this school, Winfrey stated:
“Say what you will about the American educational system — it does work. … If you are a child in the United States, you can get an education. … I became so frustrated with visiting inner-city schools that I just stopped going. The sense that you need to learn just isn’t there. … If you ask the kids what they want or need, they will say an iPod, sneakers, or some money. In South Africa, they don’t ask for money or toys. They ask for uniforms so they can go to school.”
Many people [especially disenfranchised folks living in and around inner cities all over the country] took exception to that statement and essentially called her a traitor for abandoning people in her country that NEED the SAME help, just to fly halfway across the world to assist people in another continent.
My initial reaction to reading Oprah’s tweet was utter JOY, and after reading that I was glad Oprah took the initiative to whoop this lames ass with facts and reality. Oprah HAS done a LOT to affect change in the lives of brothers all over this country, and if this dude is so concerned about affecting change, what the HELL is he doing, besides watching how other people spend their money?
But what is so hilarious is that I thought EVERYBODY would join in and praise Oprah for her charity work AS WELL AS standing up for herself not just in the face of this one looseball’s ignorant criticisms, but also for defending herself against YEARS of baseless insults from our community at large. But that wasn’t the case at all, because I constantly ended up hearing one comment by MANY people in response to her tweet, which was:
“Hold on bruh! She ONLY helped 500???”
What the F*^K do you mean “she ONLY helped 500?” She affected change in the lives of 500 men who needed her assistance, which translates into 500 families getting an opportunity to be successful and competitive in a stagnant economy with a lack of proper jobs. That’s 500 men, who can each affect change in one other person, which doubles that number of people Oprah helped.
But here’s the real question “When the HELL did it become Oprah Winfrey’s job to subsidize YOUR ass?” The truth is, there are poor people all over the world who are overcoming their circumstances [as difficult as they may be] and in the end, it’s YOUR job to be responsible for YOUR life – NOT Oprah. Be thankful that she has helped as many men as she has, and be grateful that she continues to do so to this day – but y’all can miss me with believing HER money MUST be your money too just because she has exponentially MORE than you.
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