Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Oprah and Lance deserve each other

"Bless me, Oprah, for I have sinned."
Those might not be his exact words, but reports say in an interview recorded yesterday for broadcast this Thursday on the Oprah Winfrey Network, disgraced cycling champion Lance Armstrong finally owned up to using performance enhancing drugs. Many questions persist, not least of which is "Why Oprah?" Well, aside from the fact that she's the self-appointed High Confessor for maudlin public displays of celebrity self-flagellation, Oprah is presiding over a struggling television enterprise that needs a boost. A Lance Armstrong mea culpa is the ultimate performance-enhancing interview for a network that's riding near the back of the ratings peloton. And don't think for a minute that leaked details of the interview didn't come from Oprah's people. Everything Oprah does is calculated to benefit Oprah, and the leaks represent a deliberate strategy aimed at capitalizing on a three day promotional window and making sure as many people as possible tune in for the spectacle. What's in it for Armstrong? That's hard to say. He could have a financial agreement with Oprah - Lord knows, she can afford it - or he might just be cutting his losses in the face of overwhelming public pressure by coming clean in a controlled environment with a kindred self-seeking spirit.
The Church of Oprah meets the Cult of Lance - two megalomaniacs who were meant for each other, although calling it a match made in Heaven wouldn't be giving the Devil his due.

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