Oprah’s India Special Under Fire

Oprah may be the “Queen of Media,” but she’s still susceptible to the backlash that sometimes comes with the title. She recently documented her trip to India this past January for an upcoming two-part OWN special,“Journey Through India.” Considering this trip to be “her greatest life experience,” Oprah visited a wide array of sites, festivals, parties, regions, and individuals, including a well-off family in Mumbai. During a dinner with the family, Oprah asked her hosts whether “some people eat with their hands still.” In another segment, Oprah is seen visiting a family of five living in cramped quarters. Herein lies the contention that has sparked criticism from many. India Real Time, a highly read and influential newspaper in the country, published a negative Op-Ed about the special that read,”The smell of incense (tick), the sari fitting (tick), the aspirations of slum dwellers (tick), and the glitz of Bollywood (tick). Let’s not forget arranged marriages and the fact that Indians, even rich ones, “still” eat with their hands (tick, tick). India as Westerners imagine it, one stereotype at a time.”  READ MORE

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