The usual uplifting spirit of Oprah Winfrey’s message boards at oprah.com got a little more vitriolic in the days following her campaign swing for Barack Obama.
Messages like “Oprah stop pushing Obama down our throaths!” (this is the Internet), or, this from “dave3032”: “Oprah should be ashamed of herself, she is using her audience to support a man running for President only because he is Black. Oprah should realize a good percentage, if not most of her viewers are non-african americans.” Some comments, well, you can see for yourself.
Chalk it up to the harsh world of politics.
In South Carolina, Winfrey invoked Martin Luther King, and some commenters took offense and suggested her words created racial divisions.
On ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Winfrey said, “I get a little..I guess the word is ‘offended.’ To think that I would be supporting someone just because of their skin would mean we haven’t moved far from Dr. King’s speech in 1963, where he said we should be judged by the content of our character not the color of their skin.”
As CNN’s Political Ticker notes, Winfrey wondered whether she would “lose viewers as a result.”
“I made the decision that I have the right to do it as an American citizen,” she said.
Another commenter, named “Warmbrown,” came to her defense. “People get a life, and move on from these boards. I don’t understand it, if you don’t like Oprah why are you here on her boards.”