Critics Say Oprah Played Up Stereotypes in India Episode of Show

by | July 25, 2012 at 7:04 PM | Celebrities, Oprah's Next Chapter, TV News

Oprah Winfrey (OWN)


Oprah Winfrey is getting slammed by some viewers who felt her recent trip to India as part of “Oprah’s Next Chapter” played up “sterotypes and cliches” about the nation, according to ABC News.

The two-part episode aired in India over the weekend, and showcased Winfrey’s first-ever visit to the country. The episode also featured that likes of a visit to a slum as well as roads filled with painted elephants and snake charmers.

“Watching the Oprah in India thing on TLC and getting more and more irritated by the minute,” one viewer in India reportedly tweeted.

“It’s all the stereotypes and all the clichés the West has, between the elephants and the palaces and the snake charmers and cows,” freelance journalist Aseem Chhabra told ABC News. “That exists in India, but it’s this imagery of India that some people seem to have, and I think I expected a lot more from somebody like Oprah Winfrey.”

A spokesperson for Harpo, the production company behind the show, defended the program.

“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,” the executive said in a statement.

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