Oprah Winfrey Receives Criticism Over Show About India

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Sometimes controversy is good publicity, and sometimes it isn't. When an episode of "Oprah's Next Chapter," a show on Oprah Winfrey's troubled OWN network, highlighting her travels in India aired in the Asian subcontinent, many viewers took offense. The intention of the piece was to "explore the beautiful culture and spirit of the country," according to Winfrey's production company. But many viewers, who took to social media to express their displeasure, found the piece full of stereotypes and clichés from elephants to snake charmers. They were particularly offended by a scene in which Winfrey sits down to dinner with a family and says, "I heard some Indian people eat with their hands still," apparently unaware that eating with one's right hand is customary for the majority of the population.

One Twitter user wrote, "Not mad at you Oprah, just disappointed." Another took a more let's-be-reasonable approach, writing, "Need to stop overreacting to every perceived criticism if India is to be taken seriously as a mature democracy."

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