Oprah Winfrey is being highly criticized for her two-part special depicting her visit to India. The two-part episode of ‘Oprah’s Next Chapter’ aired on Discovery Channel India. Some say she resorted to ‘stereotypes and cliches’.
The Daily Bhaskar website said that the “ill picturized and badly scripted show” portrayed the country “in poor light,” the BBC reported.
The 58-year-old drew particular criticism for remarking on the Indian tradition of eating with one’s hands.
“I heard some Indian people eat with their hands still?” she is seen asking a Mumbai family she had joined for dinner.
“Using our hands to eat is a well-established tradition and a fact none of us are ashamed of,” blogged Rituparna Chatterjee of the CNN-IBN news channel.
“As a responsible public figure about to air a show that will be beamed across the world, you should have done your homework,” Chatterjee wrote.
The media mogul’s week in India saw her hobnobbing with Bollywood royalty, attend a literary festival in Jaipur and visit the Taj Mahal in Agra. The Times of India
Winfrey can’t seem to catch a break as her OWN network has been struggling in ratings since it debuted January 2011.
“Oprah’s Next Chapter featuring Oprah’s trip to India aired over the weekend in India. The intention of the program was to explore the beautiful culture and spirit of the country. We enjoyed the time we spent there and were touched by the people who so generously shared their stories for the show,” a spokeswoman for Harpo, the company that produces “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” said in a statement.
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