On last Friday’s episode of “Oprah,” (3/06) she had on her favorite mediocre film maker, Tyler Perry. It’s obvious Oprah has some sort of crush or obsession with him because she’s constantly plugging his films, which are ridiculous at best.
What annoyed me was, Oprah said she was finally going to reveal what a truly generous person Tyler Perry was. I expected that she was going to tell how he had donated millions to her school for girls in Africa or to her Angel Network, or some other charity.
Nope, she instead tells this indulgent, conspicuous-consumption-at-it’s-worst, story about how one day Perry came to get her at her California home in a convertible Bentley. Her gal pal Gayle was there and they took a ride and Gayle tried to convince Oprah to get one for herself. Oprah said no because she doesn’t need another car.
A while later a brand new Bentley shows up on Oprah’s door step. It was a gift from Tyler Perry. She called Gayle. Gayle has a brand new Bentley from Perry too! They only cost about $300,000. Isn’t he generous?
Um, no. He gave a ridiculously expensive car to a BILLIONAIRE who stated that she didn’t need another car. What the hell is she going to use this car for other than showing off? When I think of the amount of people who could eat food for a month with the 600K he dropped on Oprah and Gayle, I am sickened. Yeah, it’s Tyler Perry’s money and he can choose to spend it how he wants. But to use this as a story on how generous he is makes me want to puke.
And I’d like to tell Oprah to stop telling her viewers to stop spending indulgently when she’s flaunting gifted Bentley’s in our faces. Yeah, we all need to live within our means, but coming from a billionaire is arrogant at best. Is it indulgent to spend $40 a month on my daughter’s ADHD medication? Is it indulgent to spend about $300 a year on a gym membership so that I can exercise and be healthy? It is indulgent to spend $160 a month on my car payment? How about $100 a week on groceries? Or how about the fact that I just dropped about $1,400 on my dentist to pay him off for a procedure my insurance PROMISED they covered? Tell me, Oprah? Was is indulgent about my spending? Until you stop flaunting your Christian Louboutin shoes, your multi-million dollar home that is 2,000 miles away from where you work, and your private jets….you can kiss my umpampered butt.