Sunday, January 29, 2006
Orca proved once again that her own addiction to her image and perceived power is one that will never be satisfied. In a very public display of victimhood, Orca decided to humiliate and shame former drug addict, James Frey over exaggerations in his book, "A Million Little Pieces". Orca, who had endorsed the book in her book club, felt that she had been duped and that her precious image had been tarnished when it was proven that several parts of Frey's book had been stretched. Frey, to his credit, faced the snarling bite of Orca's wrath with humility and eloquence. He took his whipping and remained standing. In the after show comments from the audience, several people stood up in his defense and claimed that despite the inaccuracies, his book had helped them overcome their addictions. Orca, unmoved, looked for her own supporters to come to her side and commiserate with her in her unbearable grief. Who cares that the book has had a positive affect on people with addictions, the main issue here is the impeccable image and honesty of Orca right?
The fact that Frey made up some stuff in his book is sad and was whole-heartedly wrong. He could have avoided this whole thing by simply putting in some form of disclaimer such as, "based on a true story", or something like that. However, he is not the first, nor will he be the last writer to embellish and play loose with facts. What irritates me is the hypocrisy of Orca, and her incessant need to feed her own ego. This error in judgment on the part of Frey wasn't about Orca, it was more about his demons and could have been handled quietly, without the need for a huge public flogging. Her need to make this about her is further proof that she actually believes the tripe that her yes people tell her every day, and that the over-produced, over-Photoshopped images of her on her magazine, are real. Message to Orca: Get over yourself! You're not any better than anyone else! In fact, where was the similar outrage when super ditz, Cameron Diaz loudly proclaimed on Orca's show that if women didn't get out and vote for John Kerry, that rape would be legalized? Or where was Orca's public apology after she tearfully lambasted federal authorities for allowing thousands of children to suffer in the Katrina flood, when later it was proven that her story was largely wrong? The answer is nowhere. When you're addicted to your own ego and image, you manipulate circumstances to fit your addiction needs not necessarily on fairness and truth. Orca, get some help.