There was a time when Oprah Winfrey could do no wrong.
But that comment is not an isolated incident. Film critic Aseem Chhabra tells NDTV, “Yes, there are snake charmers in India, there are elephants and cows and palaces. But she starts her first segment showing that. These are conscious decisions. You would think that someone like Oprah would have some producers and researchers to educate her. She is so ‘gee, golly I am in India.’ She used the word I am going to ‘experience’ India. In America, nobody says I am going to experience Paris or London. What is India, some alien land on Mars?”
Throughout the special, which spans two episodes, Winfrey can be witnessed reacting to the cultural differences between her U.S. with awe, including one reaction to a party for the royal family of Japier: “This is the craziest ass thing that ever happened to me,” says Winfrey as she watches performers dance in a palace courtyard.
This is not the first bout of criticism Winfrey has endured during her international travels, but it may be the most pointed to date. Perhaps it signals that spell has broken. Are audiences are no longer willing to accept her point of view simply because of the power of her name? Watch these two clips from the special and decide for yourself:
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