A local advocacy group, which in the past has voiced its support for Oprah Winfrey to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, has now lashed out at the talk show queen who recently launched her show’s last season on TV by sending an army of super fans on a trip to Australia.

The mega giveaway, geared at boosting the show’s ratings, spawned Rocky Twyman, founder of the Oprah Movement, to suggest that Winfrey refrain from the random distribution of trips and prizes that have included brand new cars, and use her finale episodes to create jobs and air shows to raise awareness of other hardcore issues that directly impact the country.

For instance, Twyman referred to U.S. Census Bureau estimates that 44 million Americans – or an astonishing 1 in every 7 persons and 1 in every 5 children – are now living below the poverty level. “We went out and campaigned and tried to get the Noble Peace Prize for her, and we just think that right now is not the time for all these big glitzy giveaways,” Twyman told the AFRO. “We’re asking Oprah to do something grand like helping the food banks or to creating jobs.”

Twyman surmised that most of the people going to Australia are “well-off housewives who watch her show,” as well as others who are not affected by poverty.

He went on to state that his non-profit organization in conjunction with the Pray at the Pump Movement plans on inviting Winfrey to the National Day of Prayer and Fasting for Bipartisan Jobs and World Peace, slated for from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., Oct. 22 at the Lincoln Memorial. He said the event will also be used to hopefully bring together the Rev. Al Sharpton and Glenn Beck – both of whom have been invited – who clashed surrounding marches they held simultaneously in the District last month.

 

DorothyRowley

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