Oprah Winfrey Episodes of Controversy Still on the Air

In her heyday, Oprah Winfrey brought close to 10 million users a day to her self-titled Oprah Winfrey Show. Since retiring in 2011, the Oprah episodes have not stopped; they’ve just been transferred to a new medium: quote-filled interviews. Insider Monkey will take you through some of the latest.

Oprah Winfrey episodes of controversy are still on the air. The widely popular talk show host has been retired for a little over two years, but the issues continue to arise. Lately, there are two specific talking points in play, and we'll share them here.With that being said, did you really expect anything less from a woman once deemed worthy of an entire top ten “most controversial moments” from TIME? On her resume, Oprah has single-handedly caused a mad-cow scare, multiple Rosie O’ Donnell hot button issues (ouch), and endorsed at least one questionable New Age self-help book.

What could top that?

Here are two recent controversies hitting the newswires this summer:

1) Saying Americans don’t understand the civil rights era

In an interview to promote her upcoming film, which you can see a preview of below, Oprah said that U.S. citizens’ knowledge of the civil rights era was “diddly-squat.”

That’s a bit harsh, Ms. Winfrey, but you’re generally correct. The Southern Poverty Law Center found in 2011 that 35 states received an “F” grade for its civil rights curricula. According to the SPLC, only Alabama, New York, and Florida were given “A”s.

It looks like Oprah did her homework.

2) Overestimating the number of African-American lynchings by more than 400-fold

In that same interview, she mentioned that “millions of people who heard that [the “n-word”] as their last word as they were hanging from a tree,” is the reason she despises the slang.

One statistical study, however, measures this number at just over 4,743 between 1882 and 1968.

Her reasoning is obviously more than justified, but someone should have double checked her math first. For the sake of accuracy.

Final thoughts

So, we can add these two issues to Oprah Winfrey’s list of controversial statements, but at the end of the day, it’s her right to free speech, and that same right is given to each and every one of her U.S. born peers.

In terms of buzz, though, they’re generating the same level of talk as some of her past Oprah Winfrey episodes.

As promised, here’s a look at her new film, which also stars Liev Schreiber, John Cusack, Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, Jane Fonda, Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr., Alan Rickman, and yes, Lenny Kravitz. It opens later this month.

Comments
Insider Monkey Small Cap Strategy
Insider Monkey Small Cap Strategy

Insider Monkey beat the market by 52 percentage points in 24 months. Our beta is only 1.2 (don't click this link if beating the market isn't important to you).

Lists

The 10 Most Expensive iPhone Apps

The 9 Most Expensive Designer Shoes in the World

The 10 Most Expensive Cigarette Brands

The 10 Most Expensive Law Schools in the US

The 10 Best Wall Street Movies

The 10 Most Expensive Golf Clubs Ever Sold

The 10 Most Expensive Golf Memberships

The 10 Best Disney Characters Ever Created

The 8 Best Foods for Gaining Weight

The 10 Most Expensive Colleges in the World

The 7 Most Memorable Ad Campaigns of All Time

The 7 Most Expensive High Schools in the World

The 10 Electric Vehicles with the Longest Range

The 10 Cities with the Worst Drivers in the World

The 10 Most Expensive Dresses Ever Created

10 Islands to Visit Before You Die

10 Famous Celebrities Who Needed Rehab

The 15 Countries with the Largest Oil Reserves

The 10 Most Overused Excuses in the World

The 5 Best iOS Apps You Can’t Get on Android

5 Companies Damaged By Social Media Blunders

The 10 Most Legendary Blues Songs

The 10 Most Lawless Places in the World

4 Reasons China is a Threat to the US

The 17 Most Sugary Drinks in the World

The 10 Most Ruthless Rulers in History

The 10 Greatest Generals in History

Top 8 Travel Destinations for 2015

The 10 Safest Dog Breeds for Children

The 10 Most Stolen Vehicles in the US

The 7 Most Expensive Celebrity Weddings

The 10 Best LoL Teams in the World

Top 10 Worst Marketing Campaigns Ever Produced

Top 5 Diets that Help You Lose Weight

The 10 Best Ways to Stay Awake

7 Artists That Switched Musical Genres

The 10 Most Expensive Cities to Live in New Jersey

The 10 Best High Schools in New York

The 10 Countries With the Least Gender Inequality

The 6 Biggest Musician-Manager Feuds

The 10 Countries with the Cheapest Gas Prices

The 7 Most Theatrical Bands of All Time

The 8 Worst Band Breakups of All Time

The 10 Most Important South American Leaders

The 7 Most Successful Casting Show Winners

The 10 Most Peaceful Countries in the World

5 Big Reasons Communism Failed

The 15 Most Famous Carl Icahn Quotes

10 Scary Animals that are Actually Harmless

The 8 Most Famous Singer-Actors in Entertainment

Subscribe

Enter your email:

Delivered by FeedBurner

X

Thanks! An email with instructions is sent to !

Your email already exists in our database. Click here to go to your subscriptions

Insider Monkey returned 47.6% in its first year! Wondering How?

Download a complete edition of our newsletter for free!