Tuesday, September 13, 2005

o week: day two

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let us return to "jay." for those of you with short memories and/or who didn't read yesterday's extremely long post, "jay" had this to say about an old entry:

It's so sad that you all can't see that Oprah is a true humanitarian. Do you really think Oprah Winfrey would wear conflict diamonds on national television? Steadman [sic] is rich many times over, without Oprah's money, and can afford to buy the best, NONconflict diamonds on the market. Rich people don't have to take the shorts that poor people do. Too bad your energy is not focussed on, I don't know, ending the war in Iraq? Just a thought.

wow. since you all had to endure the torture of yesterday's post, i'm going to attempt to address jay very briefly.

it's so sad that you all can't see that oprah is a true humanitarian.
please see yesterday's post concerning my ideas on humanitarianism, true or untrue.

do you really think Oprah Winfrey would wear conflict diamonds on national television?
i think about this just about as much as oprah walks into the jewelry store and asks, "are these conflict diamonds?" put another way, i don't think "conflict" is one of the 4 c's oprah uses when choosing a diamond. i mean, it's not like her viewers say, "i wonder if that bling in her ears is from sierra leone." in fact, i think if the mutilation of young children in african countries like sierra leone and liberia was that high on oprah's "to fix through my true humanitarian endeavors" list, there would have been a show about it. you know, video of her hugging and kissing nappy-headed african kids with no arms and shit. (can you hug someone if you have no arms?) i ain't saying she wears conflict diamonds (though i admit i suggested that in my prior post)...but your whole "she'd never wear that on national tv" argument, like, totally doesn't move me.

Steadman [sic] is rich many times over, without Oprah's money, and can afford to buy the best, NONconflict diamonds on the market.
first of all, stedman is fucking gay, okay? mrs. reynolds wasn't the first. second, let me take the time to address the thinking which has helped mr. graham "become rich many times over." the following is a quote from mr. graham's website:

None of us are defined by our circumstances, nor are we defined by how other people perceive us. It is up to each one of us to define ourselves, and that is a life's work.

Each of us has the ability to lead a dynamic life by pursuing our unique goals and dreams. There are no limits to what you can do.

sounds like a true humanitarian to me. and before you try to jump on that last statement, lemme just say: i know it's oprah's true humanitarinism that's in question, but i think there's something to be said about the company you keep. that's why i don't keep no comp'ny.

Rich people don't have to take the shorts that poor people do.
if i may quote my west indian bros. and sisters: idiat dem him. (did i get that right?)

Too bad your energy is not focussed on, I don't know, ending the war in Iraq?
nigga, you funny. i like how you defend, and even praise the buying power of rich people, and then question why i don't make an effort to end a war fought by black and brown poor people who undoubtedly have to take "the shorts" if they wanna bling, or, i dunno, not be poor all of their lives. i tell you one thing, though. as soon as the iraqis are "liberated," oprah can start her true humanitarian efforts there. next thing you know, there's a letter to the editor from a subscriber who was kind enough to take a picture of the natives holding a copy of o magazine that serves a skool book. of course, instead of makeup they have on burkha's because, you know, "muslims will be muslims."

further, the fact that folks like you are anti the war in iraq really scares me. i'm thinking of moving to a neutral position, in fact.

and if i may paraphrase my homegyrl, rrrrachel, "why doesn't oprah focus on ending the war in iraq?"

Just a thought.
don't do that anymore. thinking, that is. same thing as not thinking for you. so don't waste your energy.

language alone protects us from the scariness of things with no names. language alone is meditation. ~toni morrison


Blogger a. said...

While reading I just kept thinking, "Stedman has a website" and "is he really gay"? Clearly, I'm out of the loop.

13/9/05 16:26  
Blogger summer m. said...

that stedman gay thing i just made up. but i've heard rumors...

and yeah, he has a website. can't say i've looked at it closely, though.

13/9/05 17:32  
Blogger Lee said...

I'm becoming pretty certain that all annoying blog comments begin with something like "why can't you just realize..." They have no point, but are just really offended that the things they passively accept might come under fire.

14/9/05 01:49  
Blogger Miss Jessi said...

This post is just one more reason why I love you Summer... some people just don't know that if they want to disagree with you, they have to come correct or just shut the fuck up.

And yeah, stedman has a website? I guess anybody can buy a url and get a friend with some html skills to hook them up these days...

14/9/05 07:28  
Blogger **RPM** said...

This was a great post. I recently found myself needing to defend my lack of regard for Oprah these days. I went from wanting to be like her, to just staring with great confusion, at her.

14/9/05 08:31  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dislike or not.. i want to be just like her ass.. evil, not identifying with being black, elitist and all. then all these nigs can kiss my ass!!!

creating my own consumer population.. yeah! colonizing people, yeah!

and post like this.. don't lemme' find out..sending my assassins..

just kidding, about the assassins only..

14/9/05 09:38  
Blogger Amadeo said...

You can hug people without arms...this just can't hug you back. Oprah knows who her main audience is and she sticks with them. She may try to puts some bits of info out, but it would be very easy for to but her balls on the block (hypothetically) and really intiate some change.

14/9/05 13:15  
Blogger Jdid said...

its eediat!! :-)
anyway good points on this post, keep it up.

14/9/05 19:23  
Blogger Clay said...

i said this on another post but i cant help do it again -- (like it's the early 1990s) Go girl, go on!

15/9/05 16:06  
Blogger solitaire said...

J-Diddy got it... you're close girl...it's EEDIAT TING DAT.


That nigga got his own website? For wha? His key to success was to have a rich sista for a girlfriend, what, what?!

16/9/05 08:15  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so you are writing a book summer? if so, i look forward to reading it.

somebody shier than you. is shier a word? from now on i will put, ss, in an attempt to help keep track of anons. or atleast do my part of being tracked.

thanx for like, you know, leaving your blog open so anyone can post.

16/9/05 12:20  
Blogger summer m. said...

@anon: no, i'm not writing a book. i'd like to, though.

and yes, shier is a word. or shyer. it doesn't matter.

and no problem about the comments. it's really just self-centeredness on my part.

thanx, ss.


16/9/05 13:11  

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