Oprah Winfrey Faces Backlash From Indian Viewers


Many Americans had a different reaction to the episode when it aired on U.S. televisions in April.

"Love Oprah's experiences of traveling to different cultures and the respect that she shows as she learns," one viewer commented on Oprah's website. "Thanks, Oprah, for allowing us to sit on the sideline to watch."

Another viewer posted, "This had to be the BEST show that I have seen in a LONG time."

But with the backlash from Indian viewers, the talk-show host might not be welcomed back to India with open arms anytime soon.

"She said, 'I always wanted to experience India.' That to me itself is like saying it's another planet," Chhabra said. "Nobody says I want to experience Paris. Nobody says I want to experience London. They say I want to visit India and see India and meet the people.

"There's a lot more to India, but she was only showing the cliché perspective of what some people may think India is about and that's what made me quite angry," he said.

The backlash from Winfrey's India episode is the latest rough patch she has encountered while trying to build OWN into a must-see network. She fired 30 of OWN's 150 staffers earlier this year, as well as Rosie O'Donnell, her pal and the host of what was supposed to be one of OWN's marquee evening talk shows. She was also reprimanded by Nielsen for asking viewers with Nielsen boxes to tune into OWN via Twitter.

Winfrey discussed OWN's ups and downs in a two-part documentary that aired earlier this month, "Oprah Builds a Network."

"I certainly did not expect the velocity of schadenfreude, meaning people sort of lying in wait for you to fail, or make a mistake," she said. "There's no way you can accomplish anything of any value without having a challenge. Nobody rides into anything. Nobody."

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