OPINIONATRIX…because my opinions dominate

While fans across the country were busy debating who wore what to the Oscars on Sunday, the real “best dressed couple,” were busy entertaining the United States Governors in D.C.

Obamas at the Governors Ball

Could the President and First Lady be any more attractive, elegant and stylish?  I don’t think so.


{February 20, 2009}   Has the Media No Shame?!


We have truly hit new lows as a society.  I suppose I’m not surprised that TMZ.com posted a photo of a battered Rihanna on its homepage, but I am utterly shocked that so many legitimate news networks and papers picked it up and ran with it.  Have we no sense of decency?  Isn’t Rihanna, or any abuse victim, entitled to some sense of privacy and dignity? 

The alleged events surrounding the Chris Brown and Rihanna altercation are fuzzy at best.  Any instance of abuse is horrific, but living out such a situation in public must be doubly difficult.  You would think that we, as a society, would be able to put aside our own need for information and allow this woman some time and privacy to deal with this trauma.  I do not purport to know what she is going through, but I am sure this isn’t an easy time for her.  Surely, publishing pictures of her battered face is just one more blow she now has to endure.

{December 10, 2008}   Oh, Oprah…


When it comes to Oprah Winfrey, there are usually two camps of people: those who adore her and those who think she is totally overrated and can’t stand her.  Whatever group you’re in (and for the record, I adore her) she probably stands for a lot of things in your mind.

For me, Oprah is a powerful, warm and inspirational woman.  She epitomizes success.  She came from nothing and is now one of the highest paid TV celebrities with an entire media empire unto herself.  Couple that with the fact that she is undoubtedly one of the most philanthropic Americans, and she really comes out a winner in my book.

It is for these reasons that the recent publicity around the fact that Oprah has gained weight upsets me.  Oprah’s weight has been a 20 year battle, covered by the media, and stems from the big O herself.  In an upcoming article in January’s O magazine, Oprah states,

“I’m embarrassed, I can’t believe that after all these years, all the things I know how to do, I’m still talking about my weight. I look at my thinner self and think, ‘How did I let this happen again?”

While it may be comforting to some to realize that Oprah is just like the rest of us – battling her own insecurities in spite of all she has achieved, it saddens me.  I want to reach out to Oprah and let her know that most of us rarely, if ever, give a second thought to her weight. Oprah has achieved so much, and tends to look great no matter what she weighs.  Oprah’s fans could care less what the scale says.

Oprah has a unique gift.  She is able to play the best friend and confidant, while serving as role model and inspiration at the same time.  It is hard sometimes to realize that no matter how phenomenally talented, successful and adored one may be, loving oneself can be a never ending battle.

{June 7, 2008}   Celeb Smackdown!

Celebrity feuds are nothing new and bad celebrity behavior is becoming a staple of daily news, but Clint Eastwood and Spike Lee?! OH NO! What is the world coming to? This latest in a constant stream of celebrity fight fests is saddening because the players are not Paris Hilton/ Lindsay Lohan types, but actual respectable Hollywood players. I want to know what is in the water out there to make these two go off on each other.

Apparently the entire thing started when Spike Lee criticized Clint Eastwood for not including any African American soldiers in either of his recent movies about Iwo Jima. Eastwood, who I think has the upper hand in this fight replied with

“The story is Flags of Our Fathers, the famous flag-raising picture, and they didn’t do that. If I go ahead and put an African-American actor in there, people’d go: ‘This guy’s lost his mind.’ I mean, it’s not accurate. A guy like him should shut his face.”

Uh oh, you know Spike Lee was not going to shut his face and thus the feud continues with Lee coming back at Clint with (among other sentiments)

“He is not my father and we are not on a plantation.”

I deeply respect both filmmakers, but I am on Clint Eastwood’s side on this one. First of all, why would Spike Lee feel the need to comment on these films a year after their releases? It seems so small to come out and criticize long after the fact. Furthermore, Clint Eastwood made 2 very poignant films about an historical event – the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima. While many African Americans nobly served our country during WWII, there were no African Americans directly involved in the small insular story Eastwood chose to tell. In my opinion if Spike Lee feels so strongly that the story of African American WWII soldiers be told he should go make that movie on his own… not criticize the hard work of others…

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