Phew! That was a close one. Television’s Superwoman O-PRAH WIN-FREEEEEYYYYY almost had a nervous breakdown.
We’re still reeling.
How can this be? The entertainment powerhouse and self appointed spiritual guru to the multitudes was pushed to the brink? The star confessed to Access Hollywood‘s Shaun Robinson that she nearly suffered a nervous breakdown in 2012. In the midst of filming the Lee Daniels film The Butler and administering life support to her then floundering cable network OWN, Oprah came to a stunning realization. While discussing the bizarre public meltdown of KONY 2012 director Jason Russell for an episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter, she noticed some disturbing similarities between his symptoms and her own. We all thank the Higher Powers That Be (surprisingly to Oprah, that does not refer to Oprah), these symptoms did not result in a stark raving mad Winfrey streaking through the streets of Chicago shouting “You get a new car! You get a new car! YOU GET A NEW CAR!”
As much as I stand to subject myself to the slings and arrows of multitudes of devoted Book Club card carrying Oprah worshippers worldwide and as much as I hate to be a cynic, I smell something oddly similar to stirring up media attention in the face of Oscar buzz. Could it be that despite an already lauded performance in the critically acclaimed The Butler, she’s also letting us know that the performance came under extreme duress? Oh girl, work that pain! Work that suffering! It’s SO Method!
I don’t know…if you ask me, (and I know you didn’t) it sounds like a good old fashioned case of anxiety. OW (as I like to refer to her, because it pains me to utter her name) seems a tad on the dramatic side and besides, as her own guru, Maya Angelou once said, “There is greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” In other words, Ms. O – zip it.
Oh man, the first world problems of a Billionaire Entertainment Conglomeratetress don’t amount to a hill of beans, don’t you see? Dang! A nervous breakdown? Seriously? I guess it’s all relative, but what – the private jet was at the mechanic? Still dealing with residual issues over the Hermés incident eight years ago in Paris? It’s all too much? Then scale the hell back and stay home a little. Give Steadman a foot rub and walk your own damn dogs instead of calling Cesar Milan every time the cocker spaniels piss the rug.
I mean really. There are people out there suffering real nervous breakdowns every day just wondering where their next meal is coming from, if one of the three hundred job resumes they mailed out will get them a call back and what they’re gonna do if they get Cancer and there’s no health insurance.
Referring to what caused her to finally slow down, Winfrey said “…I had reached a point where I just couldn’t take in any more stimulation.”
Yeah Oprah…us too. But hey, thanks for “opening up” and letting us in on your “AHA Moment”.
Way to OWN it.
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