Oprah Bans Word "Bitch" From OWN




The Mighty O let it be known at Maria Shriver's Women's Conference that the word "bitch" will not be allowed on her network, OWN. Entertainment Weekly reports:

The Oprah Winfrey Network will be “fun and entertaining without tearing people down and calling them bitches,” Oprah said at Maria Shriver’s Women’s Conference yesterday. “Imagine that. Imagine."

Now on one hand, this is a symbolic way to bring attention to a worthy issue, i.e. that rampant sexism still exists in our society and by issuing a silence policy on this word for an entire network, Oprah Winfrey is actually placing that issue front and center. On the other hand, it's a savvy PR move since it will undoubtedly get people talking—as they already are—and therefore draw more attention to her new network. One also wonders if this had anything to do with Joy Behar . I'm sure The View ladies will be discussing it.

The following questions came to mind though when I heard this news:

1) Does one "bitch" utterance result in removal from the network and/or the wrath of O? Or is it a three strikes kinda policy?

2) Has anyone told Rosie O'Donnell about this? Who's going to keep her potty mouth in check?

3) Will 90's one-hit wonder Meredith Brooks not be allowed to stage a combeck or perform her seminal hit on the network?

4) If say there is a pet fashion show, will  female German Shepherds be forbidden from the network?

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TV Gord's picture
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I hope she doesn't get slammed for taking a higher road. Not enough people do that these days.

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Hmmmmm........don't know if I am totally onboard with the idea of the word being TOTALLY banned. This word does not ALWAYS have a negative connotation attached to it. I call my friends, especially my gay friends, BITCH all the time, and it's almost a term of endearment between us, not an insult. And I know many women who do the same thing. Unlike the "N" word, which I feel should NEVER be used, the word 'bitch' is fine for me when used in the proper context.

But it's her network, so she can do what she wants.

Still love you, Oprah. And anytime you decide you want to adopt me, just let me know......... Wink Wink

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What a bitch

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LOL @ dellygrim! (I wish I had thought of that!) Laughing out loud

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As always, Alstonboy, I agree with you, the word BITCH can be used as both an insult and a compliment, that's how I've used the word. But it's her network so, she can do what she wants.

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I agree about Rosie. Who is going to be her keeper?

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The only people who think 'bitch' can be a compliment are the people who use it. It's not as cool as you think it is.

As for Rosie, I don't remember her using the word once during the entire run of her previous talk show. I think she knows how to control her tongue when she has to do so.

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I don't really agree with censorship like that, but it's her network and she can do what she wants. I'm sure if I had my own television network, I'd have some rules other people would question too.

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I TOTALLY agree with Oprah on this one.
Oprah is definitely is the higher road.

Joy Behar is not Oprah...she will never be Oprah. In fact..I barely even hear dof her..and Behar is repugnant.

Kudos to Oprah.

P.S. This article was darn silly and poorly written, regarding dogs. Article lacks substance. The writer obviously doesn't 'get it"

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I don't agree with Foxes, but it made me go back and read the article above. Did Oprah ever actually SAY she was banning the word? If that quote above is the only thing this article is basing that on...she didn't really say that at all. Clarification, please?

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P.S. This article was darn silly and poorly written, regarding dogs. Article lacks substance. The writer obviously doesn't 'get it"

I fully understand the complex gender issues involved with words like "bitch." I'd have to be living under a rock not to. The line about female dogs wasn't a slam, merely a snark. 

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Does she have policy on BI-YATCH?

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Good point, Charles. Also, does it mean she won't have a reunion of the cast of the movie, "Beaches"?