GIVING LIKE OPRAH
It’s hard to believe that Oprah has left the airwaves. After 25 years of history-making, life-changing television, she aired her last show on May 25th, 2011. Like I said, it’s hard to believe that Oprah has left the airwaves. I don’t think we have seen the last of her.
She has often portrayed herself as a woman of integrity and generosity. She is a spiritual role model to millions with her own mix of new-age success thinking.
Did you ever watch any of her fantastic giveaways? She would find someone who needed help and allow millions to observe her philanthropy. Going into her final season, she went over the top in her giving. From her website, it described what would happen heading into the home stretch.
The new season of the Oprah Winfrey Show began on a wonderful note when actor John Travolta escorted Oprah out to the stage where they were greeted by enthusiastic audience members. The audience of 300 was a specially selected group of Oprah's most devoted viewers, who had received invitations to her season premiere show.
John Travolta and Oprah Winfrey did a quick dance before hugging one another. Oprah says that John Travolta is one of her absolute favorite friends, and Oprah Winfrey Show viewers voted John Travolta their "all time favorite Oprah guest." Oprah show clips from the past showed Travolta and Winfrey dancing together throughout the years, and Oprah revealed that Travolta still makes her heart go pitter-patter.
Oprah Winfrey later wowed her studio audience with an amazing season premiere giveaway. Oprah excitedly announced that she and the entire audience would be going all the way to Australia together. The giveaway only got better when Oprah revealed that John Travolta would be the pilot flying their plane. Does it get any better than that? The audience screamed as confetti fell from the studio ceiling. It was everything you would expect from the first show of Oprah's final 25th season.
Ellen DeGeneres and a multitude of other feel-good shows get high ratings by giving extravagantly to their audiences and specially chosen needy people. Their tears of gratitude and squeals of delight are inspiring. Boosted ratings mean more success for the show and its sponsors.
I think I may have seen a few tele-evangelists and rock stars publicize in similar fashion with their charity to the poor. Their viewers are inspired to give when they see the needs being met.
This is a necessary part of celebrity culture. The public figures are actors demonstrating what we would all like to do. We experience the joy of giving vicariously by watching them do it.