I started this rant on Pajiba.com, but have now decided to unleash my full vitriol on my home turf.
Oprah built a school in South Africa, a lovely, elite estate for 150 girls to attend. For 30 MILLION EUROS. THIRTY MILLION. 30,000,000.00 Euros. That's almost 40 million US Dollars. For 150 students. It will apparently have luxury accommodations.
So, because I'm South African too, and have to watch my family who still lives there struggle to afford an education, I did a little research. My curiosity was spawned by a post by a fellow Pajiba reader. Here's what I learned.
There were 3500 applicants for Oprahs little compound. Whoops, I meant school.
She picked 150 of them. To spend 30 million Euros.
30 million Euros/3500 = around 8500 Euros per person.
Had she chosen to, she could have instead spent 8500 Euros per applicant.
Annual tuition for the undergraduate program at University of Cape Town (on of SA's top schools) is approximately 11,000 Rand (Rand=South African currency).
8500 Euros= about 78,000 Rand.
So. Fucking SO. Oprah could have instead sent 3500 kids to study for FOUR FULL YEARS at UCT, paid for their books, lodging, and probably bought them fucking cars as well.
OR, she could have sent 7000 kids to UCT for four full years.
But instead she's dumping it into this pathetic fucking vanity project, where she can create 150 little fucking elitist automatons. And the remaining 3350-6850 kids can go fuck themselves.
So, why do I hate Oprah? Because she has the same elitist Western egotism that makes so many people worldwide resent people like her. She has this vast fortune, and could do so much good. But instead she makes these little pet projects that she can plaster her fat fucking face all over, and tell the world, "oooh, look how fucking good I am for helping the little poor kids". When instead, had she done a little fucking research, she could have accomplished something phenomenal, and helped thousands more. But of course, those kids wouldn't have had her face on every goddamn book cover. Congratulations, Ms. Winfrey, on creating a brand new class of haves and have-nots, you egomaniacal fuckhead douchebag*.
Fucking hell. I'm gonna need a dozen drinks to calm me down now.
*Thanks to Deus Ex Malcontent for reminding me of the brilliance of this word.