MayzieMom here. I’m so disappointed.
Michael Vick was going to appear on Oprah next week but has decided to “postpone” his interview.
Okay, I know some people were upset about Vick being on her show. But I’ve been an admirer of Oprah for literally decades and I have no doubt that if anyone can handle the ridiculous Michael Vick, it’s Oprah.
I really wanted to see him squirm when she asked him how it felt to electrocute, hang and drown innocent dogs.
I really wanted to see him sweat when she demanded to know why he walked away from the reporter in Dallas who now owns one of his former dogs. And why, when given the opportunity on another occasion to see for himself how far his dogs have come, he refused.
I couldn’t wait to see him stammer when she pointed out that how he grew up is no excuse for what he did. That plenty of people – herself included – were raised in difficult situations but managed to rise above it and go on to do good in the world, not evil.
Yep. The Queen of Talk was finally gonna put Michael Vick in his place once and for all.
Well, that’s what I wanted to happen.
But do I really think that’s what would’ve happened?
For one very simple reason.
A few months back, Oprah and her crew planned to do a show on the Vick dogs and the people who rescued and rehabilitated them. You know, because they’re the actual heroes of this story. But at the last minute, the show was dropped. No real reason was given, but the folks at BAD RAP (Bay Area Doglovers Responsible About Pit Bulls) have their theories: “…we speculate that bailing on this particular story had something to do with the subject matter. It’s common knowledge that Oprah is leery of pit bulls, so the topic of dogs once destined to fight now employed as cuddle buddies might’ve been too big of a stretch for someone who may not have noticed how normal the dogs have been acting since they came home.” (I highly recommend reading their entire post on this incident: Dissed by a Talk Show Diva (the Big O).)
To be very honest (and I know this will surprise some of you), I don’t have a huge problem with Oprah having Vick on her show. Yes, I’m sick and tired of hearing about Vick. Yes, I’m disgusted by the media’s adoration of him. And yes, I wish he would just GO AWAY. But she has a talk show. It’s what she does. And she’s taken on many other controversial and unpopular topics in the past.
What I find so infuriating, so disheartening, so sickening is that Oprah – a self-purported animal lover – decided to allow Vick on her show but refused to give the victims of his horrific cruelty equal time. She had the opportunity to shine a spotlight on the dogs and their caretakers on arguably the biggest stage in the world. But she didn’t. That, to me, is simply unfathomable and unforgivable.
I left a comment on her site letting her know how profoundly disappointed I was in her actions regarding this story. And while I know my one little comment won’t have much effect (Oprah: ZOMG! MayzieMom’s right! Get me the Vick dogs now!), I was glad to see how many people joined me in expressing their shock and disgust at her hypocrisy. I only hope people will continue to pressure her about her decision and send her show suggestions about featuring the Vick dogs.
I also hope that maybe, just maybe, if the interview is rescheduled, Oprah will do the right thing. As Leslie Smith of Dogtime.com wrote in her “Open Letter to Oprah Winfrey”: You (Oprah) are the one person who could respectfully, but unyieldingly, hold him accountable for his actions. You could ask the questions so many of us wish we could put to him, and you could be the voice for the victims and the voiceless.
So, yeah, Oprah. That thing Leslie said? That would be awesome! Oh, and while you’re at it, if you could go ahead and have the Vick dogs and their rescuers on your show – well, that would be just swell, too. I’m sure the American public would love to see what REAL heroes look like.