The Opposite of Progress: Luda’s Beef with Oprah

Oprah Winfrey

If Texas cattlemen couldn't handle a beef with Oprah (sorry for the pun), just what makes Ludacris and Ice Cube think they can?

I won't even include 50 Cent here, because, as his name implies, he is famous for offering some random opinion (which rarely makes any sense) on just about anything

Ludacris has complained that Oprah dissed him on her show.  Bill O'Reilly did the same thing, but we haven't seen Luda embarking on a campaign to speak out against him. 

When he first mentioned the episode in an interview with Angie Martinez on NY's Hot 97, he said that he had been upset by the way that Oprah had treated him, but he would just let the matter pass, because, really, why bother complaining about it?  It's Oprah.  And it was her show.  End of story. 

Or so we thought.  Ludacris obviously changed his mind after a few months.  And now Ice Cube has joined in the fray:

The Are We There Yet? star followed in the footsteps of fellow rappers turned critics Ludacris and 50 Cent, telling FHM magazine that Stedman's better half has unfairly kept the arbiters of thug life off her airwaves.

"I've been involved in three projects pitched to her, but I've never been asked to participate," the 36-year-old told the magazine in its July issue. "For Barbershop she had Cedric the Entertainer and Eve on, but I wasn't invited. Maybe she's got a problem with hip-hop.

"She's had damn rapists, child molesters and lying authors on her show. And if I'm not a rags-to-riches story for her, who is?"

The fact is that it is still Oprah's show.  Oprah has been challenged by many people, and yet, she still has the upperhand, because at the end of the day, she is the one who runs things in her studio, and she has the final say on who appears on her show or not.  Why is this such a big thing, anyway?  Beefs are typically held against a fellow rapper, all in the name of garnering publicity for a new album release.  Most rappers rarely take the time to look outside of the world of Hip Hop to complain about anything; and now that a few prominent artists have decided to stop counting their money long enough to notice that there actually are some people who don't worship them and everything that they do, they have decided to take on a person who has never really had much to say about them.

Oprah has had plenty of opportunities to criticize Hip Hop and some of the negative aspects of the music and the culture, but surprisingly, she has never really done that.  Instead, she has focused her efforts on trying to do positive things for her viewers and for other people (her humanitarian work is an example). 

So, Oprah may not like Hip Hop.  Why does she have to?  Oprah is not taking any unit sales away from these high profile artists, and she is not diminishing their box office returns in anyway, so why pick on Oprah?  Are Luda, Ice Cube, and others trying to get people to boycott Oprah, just because she supposedly "has a thing against rappers?"  Boycotting is only really effective when the object of the boycott has been responsible for some sort of tangible suffering.  You can criticize Oprah, but you can't deny that she has done amazing things for millions of people

How many would-be Oprah bashers in the Hip Hop world can say that they have done the same?


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