In today’s edi­tion of ‘some folks will go to great lengths to blame black folks for shit they had noth­ing to do with’ standup come­di­enne Nik­ki Glaser is blam­ing Don­ald Trumps’ win on… Orpah Win­frey. Glaser, who recent­ly had a show on Com­e­dy Cen­tral, blamed Oprah for not speak­ing out against Trump for fear of alien­at­ing her fan base.

“Did Oprah ever speak out against Trump? Are we angry that she didn’t? It real­ly could’ve helped w/that 53% of white women who vot­ed for him.

Fol­low up: to all rich, influ­en­tial celebs who kept qui­et about Trump in the inter­est of not alien­at­ing half your fan base: YOU ARE PUSSIES.” 

*Sigh* I’m tired.

But let’s review.

When it comes to alien­at­ing her base to endorse a can­di­date, Oprah has BEEN there and DONE that. She put her brand on the line for Barack Oba­ma in 2008 know­ing it would be cost­ly… and it was.

Then on May 1 last year, Oprah announced dur­ing the Lar­ry King show that she was, for the first time, going to throw her con­sid­er­able weight behind a polit­i­cal can­di­date — Oba­ma. King’s sus­penders near­ly snapped.

“I think,” she told old Lar, “that my val­ue to him, my sup­port of him, is prob­a­bly worth more than any check.” Although, to be hon­est, her esti­mat­ed $2.5 bil­lion in wealth could buy an awful lot of TV ads in Indi­ana. It might even be able to pur­chase the Hoosier State. 

But lit­tle atten­tion has been paid to the effect of Oba­ma on Oprah. Now along comes Costas Panagopou­los, an assis­tant pro­fes­sor of polit­i­cal sci­ence at New York’s Ford­ham Uni­ver­si­ty, to ask and answer just that ques­tion.

Writ­ing at Politico.com, he sug­gests the… empress of TV has paid a price for get­ting into the dirty busi­ness of pol­i­tics with and for her man Barack. By August last year, a CBS poll found her favor­able rat­ing had plunged from 74% to 61%, still twice as good as the pres­i­dent but near­ly a 20% drop.

And it wasn’t just her favor­a­bil­i­ty that went down, Oprah also saw a 7% decline in her view­er­ship. So, yeh, Oprah’s done it before.

But sec­ond­ly…

White women done aban­doned Oprah a long time ago.

Soon after Oprah launched the Oprah Win­frey Net­work white women made clear they were not feel­ing it and basi­cal­ly peaced out. Some blamed it on the pro­gram­ming, some blamed it on the channel’s obscu­ri­ty on the dial. Either way Oprah’s large­ly white and female talk show audi­ence did not car­ry over. But you know what seg­ment of Oprah’s audi­ence did? Black women. OWN is now the most-watched cable net­work for African Amer­i­can women. When OWN was hem­or­rhag­ing view­ers around 2011, Oprah noticed that Black Amer­i­can women were stick­ing around and piv­ot­ed her pro­gram­ming towards them. 

(And, as an aside, I can’t help but notice that since Oprah saved her net­work by cater­ing to black women main­stream media seems to have lost a fair amount of inter­est. Case in point; OWN’s Green­leaf was the most watched new cable show of the sum­mer, in addi­tion to being crit­i­cal­ly acclaimed. But I bet you ain’t hear much about that. But tell me again how Girls is ‘impor­tant for the cul­ture.’)

I’m guess­ing that Oprah, like many of us, was blind­sided by King Chee­tos. She did pub­licly endorse Hillary (although it was more of a ‘Girl I guess I’m with her’ state­ment), but ana­lyz­ing what Oprah did or did not do is beside the point. The truth is that white women failed them­selves, plain and sim­ple. A major­i­ty of the white moth­ers, grand­moth­ers, aunts and daugh­ters who went to the polls on Novem­ber 8 passed on a chance to make women’s his­to­ry and, instead, vot­ed for a racist, sex­ist author­i­tar­i­an who is try­ing his damn­d­est to pull us back to a pre-Civ­il Rights era. Ain’t nobody tell them to do that. 

Instead of des­per­ate­ly blam­ing any and every­body for their choic­es, white women need to take a step back and unpack what com­bi­na­tion of Stock­holm syn­drome, def­er­ence to patri­archy, and plain old casu­al racism led them to do what they did.

Ladies, what are your thoughts on Nik­ki Glaser’s state­ments?

Black Girl With Long Hair

Leila Noel­liste, founder of Black Girl with Long Hair (April 2008). Social media, pop cul­ture and black beau­ty enthu­si­ast. bell hooks’ hair twin…

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11 Comments on "White Comedienne Nikki Glaser Angrily Blames Oprah for Not Turning White Women Against Trump"

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TWA4now

I think she is way off base. Oprah is known for doing what she wants with or with­out our approval or anyone’s approval. Why didn’t they vote oth­er­wise if they didn’t want Trump in office? Blame your­self is the key. #youme­sesedup

Marquita S.
This hef­fa dun lost her mind ahahhaaa!look y’all. We,yes even Oprah,have our own moun­tains to climb. The last piece of polit­i­cal his­to­ry I’ve checked,no pres­i­dent has done any­thing that direct­ly effect­ed the mass­es of my peo­ple in a pos­i­tive upward­ly mobile way, not has specif­i­cal­ly had our best inter­est. This is an insult to myself and my sis­ters all across the diaspora!These women are one of our many problems,and why would we do any­thing to help them? No one wants to say it, but the his­to­ry of these women all point to being my peo­ples great­est ene­my. Why would we… Read more »
Blu

sor­ry about the gram­mar and spelling mis­takes.

Blu

They got what they asked for and Black peo­ple shouldn’t wor­ry about what they have to say — there was no can­di­date for Black peo­ple. Time for Black folks to focus on they’re interests..this site is an excel­lent exam­ple.

Sandra

Word. One must be at least 18-years old to vote. These are “grown” peo­ple. Adults did this to them­selves. If I tell you the stove is hot, and you touch it any­way, that’s on you. White women did this to them­selves and to the Unit­ed States. It’s gonna be a long eight years.
You offered an excel­lent post!

Susie White
Proof that we are in 2017 but peo­ple still expect black women to be the mam­mies and nan­nies & care­tak­ers of the “poor, help­less, del­i­cate, white woman.” I was won­der­ing how they were going to spin it to blame black women for every­thing despite the fact that we vot­ed en masse for Hillary & mind you, if any­one has a rea­son not to vote for Hillary it was black women, many of us are still reel­ing from the effects she and her hubby’s war on ‘super preda­tors’ & 3 strikes pol­i­cy etc had on us and our fam­i­lies. But no,… Read more »
JG

“By August last year, a CBS poll found her favor­able rat­ing had plunged from 74% to 61%, still twice as good as the pres­i­dent but near­ly a 20% drop.”

Uhh in what world is 13% “near­ly 20%”?

Also to hell with Nik­ki Glaser and her bull­shit

Gracie

@JG Yes it’s 13 per­cent­age points from 74% to 61%, but a drop of near­ly 20% because 20% of 74 would be 14.8
From 74% to 61% is a drop of about 17.5%

Cth4

They just can’t seem to keep their minds off of us. We are too much for them. My thoughts.

Lisa

“A major­i­ty of the white moth­ers, grand­moth­ers, aunts and daugh­ters who went to the polls on Novem­ber 8 passed on a chance to make women’s his­to­ry and, instead, vot­ed for a racist, sex­ist author­i­tar­i­an who is try­ing his damn­d­est to pull us back to a pre-Civ­il Rights era. Ain’t nobody tell them to do that.”

Exact­ly! Excel­lent arti­cle Leila!

Nadine

Nik­ki Glaser is ridicu­lous. My thoughts.

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