Everybody loves Oprah, right? Aside from being a fan of all the great things she has done, we really have no other choice: you are either with Oprah or against her. I’m sure that I’m not the only one who has a simultaneous love and fear for Oprah. We all get that. Or at least that’s what I thought. It really blows my mind that anyone would have the gall to come for Oprah Winfrey, but it has happened.
And as much as I refuse to be a part of this disrespect, I (not so secretly) live for it. As long as I’m not in the fray, then I don’t mind this kind of thing going down. Yeah, part of me is vicariously offended for Oprah, but at the same time it’s Oprah and her life is a billion times better than anything I will ever have going on. So my sympathy is rather limited.
There is just something wildly entertaining about anyone thinking that he can get away with that disrespect. I mean, it’s Oprah Winfrey. No one stands a chance against her. And if I am keeping it real, I am actually a little bit scared as I write this up. I feel like she has people everywhere and can exact some kind of revenge on me at any moment.
But hey, at least I didn’t do anything as bad as these people did. So in the grand scheme of things, I am looking okay in comparison. All I’m doing is rehashing the past disrespect and making it relevant again.
10. Lindsay Lohan
I feel like I am the only one who watched Lindsay, the short-lived documentary series on Oprah’s television network OWN. Even me describing it just then probably isn’t ringing any bells. But anyway, you missed some major gems if you didn’t watch. Lindsay was always late to shoot the show and she never had a bra on. But the real icing on the cake is when Oprah Winfrey tried to straighten her ass out and Lindsay was being blatantly lazy and lying about everything so Oprah had to tell Lindsay to “cut the bullshit” in the best reality TV scene that no one actually watched.
9. David Letterman
This feud is pretty legendary. David Letterman was the only one who really had the balls to stand up to Oprah and this carried on for years. After appearing on his show in the 80’s, Dave chose to tell jokes for years about how much Oprah “hated” him, which did not sit well with her and she refused to be a guest on his show until 2005. But there’s more to it. Letterman told Jon Stewart that he tricked Oprah into buying him lunch one time by telling the waiter that she agreed to get him lunch and he just left the restaurant. It’s a little bit rude, but I mean come on, Oprah can afford a lunch.
8. Sarah Palin
During the last presidential race, I almost forgot who the actual Republican candidate was. Everyone and their grandmother was obsessed with VP candidate Sarah Palin. This meant that she was doing interviews everywhere— well, almost everywhere. She had the nerve to turn down Oprah and she was pretty miffed about it. Oprah even said, “I went and tried to talk to Sarah Palin and instead she talked to Greta [Van Susteren]. She talked to Matt [Lauer]. She talked to Larry [King]. But she didn’t talk to me.” How rude.
Ludacris really went in when he slammed Oprah in 2006. He appeared on her show for a discussion on racial discrimination and he spoke out about he was unhappy with the final edit: “She edited out a lot of my comments while keeping her own in. Of course, it’s her show, but we were doing a show on racial discrimination and she gave me a hard time as a rapper when I came on there as an actor.” Then he took things a step further by saying, “I don’t see why [comedians] Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle, who I am huge fans of, it’s OK for them to go on Oprah. They speak the same language as I do, but they do it through comedy, so I guess that’s acceptable to her.” So I guess Ludacris isn’t one to sugarcoat anything.
6. Snoop Dogg
Apparently Snoop Dogg and Oprah had a seven-year feud. Why? She called him out for promoting misogyny in hip hop. So what did the Doggfather have to say about it? “I don’t like her no more. I really was offended, because I kind of like her. Liked her. I’m very articulate, very intellectual. She didn’t even get a chance to even know me.” Thankfully these two buried the hatchet in 2014 and Snoop can sleep easy now.
5. 50 Cent
We all know that 50 Cent has never been shy to speak his mind. So what did he say about Oprah? 50 said that Oprah “started out with black women’s views but has been catering to middle-aged white American women for so long that she’s become one herself.” Years later, Oprah confronted him about this and he explained his reasoning to her: “If I can’t be your friend, at least let me be your enemy so I [could] coexist.” That doesn’t sound like the most sound strategy to me.
4. James Frey
I will never get over this dude lying to Oprah. She promoted his book A Million Little Pieces and put it in her book club, making him a ton of money and giving him 15 minutes of fame. It turns out the book was not a true story like James Frey claimed and that he just straight up lied to Oprah. No one dupes Oprah. I would not be shocked if this guy suddenly disappears one day.
3. Willow Smith
The internet went crazy after Willow Smith appeared on Oprah’s show. A lot of people felt that Will Smith‘s daughter was speaking to the queen in a disrespectful tone, particularly when she kept calling Oprah “Girrrllll” and seemed to have a chip on her shoulder. Girl needs to fall in line and bow down.
2. Jenny McCarthy
In an interview with Andy Cohen, Jenny McCarthy said she had a deal for a talk show on Oprah’s network that fell through. Jenny said, “I did a deal with her for five years, but we, we kinda shook hands. I would be scared she would beat me up.” And she continued to talk smack throughout the whole interview, so it looks like this talk show is never going to happen ever.
1. Waka Flocka
In a video that surfaced in 2013, Waka Flocka made some remarks about Oprah. When a friend asked if he would get at the billionaire, he replied, “I won’t f**k that ugly bi**h!” Well, damn. In his defense, this was a private conversation with friends, but I’m sure that he knew it was being taped. Thankfully, the rapper knew that he messed up and eventually apologized for his off the cuff remarks.
It’s hard to find anyone who would be willing to go against Oprah, but it actually does happen. It’s like a car wreck on the side of the road: no one wants to see that, but you cannot actually turn away. Somehow these people all survived and hopefully they learned a lesson.