Oprah Still Not Gay for Gayle

July 18th, 2006 // 2 Comments

In the August issue of O magazine Oprah Winfrey declares, in a pretty lengthy article, that she and her best friend, Gayle King are just best friends, not lovers.

“I understand why people think we’re gay,” says the Mighty O. “There isn’t a definition in our culture for this kind of bond between women. So I get why people have to label it–how can you be this close without it being sexual?”

And of course, reading this has had the predictable effect of making me realize how much I really want my own magazine.

Oprah and Gayle Still Just Friends [E! Online]

By Miu von Furstenberg
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  1. Ldysunfyre

    Methinks they doth protest too much…

  2. Terry C.

    I have absolutely no problem in believing that Gayle King and Oprah Winfrey are not lesbian lovers. It seems clear to me – and should be to anyone but cynics and miscreants – that they have been friends for a very long time.

    In a world where fame and success brings its share of detractors and low-lives who would sell their mothers for the quick buck of a scoop – it can become very isolating – it is simply understandable that Ms. Winfrey holds on steadfastly to the true friendships in her life.

    And while I am far from being her “biggest fan”, nor am I a subscriber of her magazine, or even a devotee of her “Ah-Ha Moments”, it’s hard to deny her many achievements, among which: creating a positive role model (for women and men of every color), and encouraging people to donate to the less fortunate (her Miracle Network). People, she got America reading again!

    It’s undeniable (to me) that she has many virtues, not the least of which being authenticity. We are talking about someone that has remained true to herself and has encouraged her viewership to do the same.

    While there is no onus on her to divulge her sexuality, I would find it hard to believe that she would have cultivated a Steadman masquerade/alibi for all these years. When “Live Your Best Life” is your leitmotiv, and when you have been open about everything from your weight fluctuations to the sexual abuse you’ve suffered in the past, something as benign as lesbianism – isn’t it, like, the number one fantasy of heterosexual men the world over – is not much of a secret, really.

    In fact, in this era of Ellen (God Love Her), Melissa Etheridge, and countless other positive gay women role models, that if Ms. Winfrey were gay, she’d say it, she’d own it, and she’d educate. But she isn’t. And even if she were, heck, that’s nobody’s business but her own, so leave the woman alone. Maybe it’s just easier to try to drag people out of the closet (whether they are in it or not) than to face the skeletons lying in our own.

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