Oprah Winfrey is receiving complaints from Cindy Crawford, who claims she was treated like “chattel” by the television talk show star. Oprah defined a movement in television in the nineties and two thousands, but now she is falling to the same claims that fellow daytime tv star Ellen DeGeneres has seen lobbed her way.
Crawford, in a new show on Apple+ called “The Super Models,” detailed an appearance on Oprah’s show in 1986 that left the model feeling used and objectified in the aftermath of the performance. Oprah, while presumably meaning well by statements about Crawford’s body and figure, made the super model wildly uncomfortable.
Winfrey said of Crawford, “Did she always have this body? Stand up just a moment. Now this is what I call a body.” Crawford then stood and showed off that body to the crowd on command. Oprah inquired, “Did she have to go through that training period, or no?”
Crawford then went on to speak about that moment, nearly forty years later in the documentary “The Super Models.” She said, “I was like the chattel. Or a child — be seen and not heard.” Cindy Crawford felt a tremendous feeling of dehumanization at that moment and has not since forgotten about it.
Crawford elaborated, saying, “When you look at it through today’s eyes when Oprah’s, like, ‘Stand up and show me your body.’ Like, show us why you’re worthy of being here. In the moment, I didn’t recognize it. Only when I look back at it and I was, like, ‘Oh, my gosh, that was so not okay, really.’ Especially from Oprah,”
Crawford also talked about her humble upbringings, saying, “I never felt like I looked special or different. If anything, I wasn’t like the ugly duckling, but in my high school the pretty girls were like the little petite cheerleaders. That was what the idea of beauty was in my small town. I never even thought about modeling. I didn’t even know it was a real job. I didn’t know how I would get from DeKalb, Illinois, to a magazine.”
Oprah isn’t coming under fire for the first time in recent history. Conservative rock star Kid Rock blaster the daytime television star for her endorsement of John Fetterman in his senatorial race against Dr. Oz.
Kid Rock Tweeted, “Oprah helped Dr. Oz with his career. I assume because she vetted him and found him to be a wonderful person. Now she is against him. Oprah is a fraud.”
Oprah is running the risk of becoming the next television star in a long line to face late career cancellation and hate from a fanbase that once loved an admired her. It shows that in the eyes of the media and of the woke, there is no statute of limitations for their ire and disgust.
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