On 05/06/08 Oprah TV episode entitled: First TV Interview: Barbara Walters's New Revelations, Barbara Walters admits to having an affair with Republican senator from Massachusetts, Edward W. Brooke. Please consider boycotting Barbara Walter's book, AUDITIONS, due to the way this subject was handled. Oprah admitted she also had been the OW in an affair with a married man. Barbara has written about this in her book, "Audition." I have a huge problem with the way this topic was handled during this interview. Barbara Walters said the experience of the affair was "wonderfu" and that the marriage between Brooks and his wife was bad. As if, the 'wonderful' experience and the 'bad' marriage negated her role in the affair. Both Barbara and Oprah commented on how they were NOT A MISTRESS because no man had ever "taken care of them" ie. financially, and they seemed to feel this was something that held their character above that of an ordinary OW. I think a true MISTRESS' is a rare thing in our society, and I certainly was not surprised that these two women were not treated as a mistress. The fact is they were simply common, everyday OW's, just like the ones many of us have had pop up in our lives. There was laughter and a frivolous feel to this portion of the interview, and Barbara showed absolutely no remorse about violating the boundaries of a marriage. It is a fact that the senator and Oprah's married man, whom she had the affair with, are equally responsible for these affairs. It is also true that a married person who chooses to cheat is the one who is responsible for the covenant being broken between the two people in the marriage. The OW / OM also must take responsibility in an affair for violating the "rules of our society". These two women are American Icons who millions of people look up to and respect. A travesty happened during this interview. There was an opportunity for each of these women to express remorse and responsibility for their actions, but instead the subject was handled in a disrespectful manner. I, for one, will not contribute to lining the pockets of Barbara Walters by purchasing this book. I am asking you to join me in boycotting this book. I am also asking anyone who saw the interview to post their feelings about it on the Oprah message boards. I feel that Barbara Walter's needs to make a public apology for her role in this affair. This Oprah showed was followed by another episode "The week in review" where there was a further discussion of the interview with Barbara Walter's. Once more, the entire discussion was done in a light hearted frivolous manner, which made me angry. I felt that once more an American Icon, Oprah, had lost an opportunity to express her concern about the atmosphere surrounding this portion of that interview. It makes one wonder how 'in touch" Oprah really is with the average American woman.
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