Oprah a no show for V to the 10th in New Orleans
So a couple months back, one of the women in my circle was all excited about going to the V to the Tenth performance in the Arena, and we bought a bunch of tickets to attend. If you don’t know what this is about, it is the tenth anniversary of the play The Vagina Monologues written by Eve Ensler. The event has been hawked as a once in a lifetime event, with a star studded cast converging in New Orleans to present a celebrity rendition of the play and honor the Katrina Warriors. C. Ray even proclaimed himself “a vagina friendly mayor”. The Katrina Warriors website even mentioned the recent death of Ashley Morris! There were healing-activist-yoga-beauty-art-refreshments-rest-rejuvenation-speakers all day Friday and Saturday at the Superdome, culminating in the ticketed event Saturday night.
The marquee celebrity who was to perform the newest monologue Miss Pat was Oprah Winfrey. Ensler adds a new monologue each year, and Miss Pat is the story of a New Orleans woman who survived Katrina, told her tale to Ensler, and Ensler chose to immortalize her in one of her monologues. Well Liz Mikel who staged The Angry Vagina monologue earlier, came back on the stage to perform the newest monologue, and at the end Miss Pat herself came up to great applause. Soon after the Miss Pat segment, Eve Ensler came to the stage and apologized to the audience saying that “Oprah was terribly ill and was unable to make the event this evening.” Soon as she said that, the crowd went silent, the energy immediately left the arena and then within the next few minutes the audience began leaving. Mind you, there still were more musical performances by Faith Hill, Jennifer Hudson, Charmaine Neville, The New Orleans Gospel Choir and the rest of the entourage all coming on stage to close the evening, but the crowd was not happy and plenty people walked out.
Part of me says, oh, poor Oprah, she was so busy, she got sick and couldn’t make it, too bad – then the other side of me says, well fuck that, Oprah could have hopped on her plane at 7pm, flew in and out quickly and been back home and in bed by 2am. After all, tomorrow is Sunday, the “day of rest”. There were several other no shows – Salma Hayek, Jessica Alba, Glenn Close, but the glaring absence was Oprah. Personally I don’t care about her at all, but I know there are many women that set great store by Oprah and I felt in the crowd a collective slap in the face from her no show. Plus, why didn’t they announce this at the beginning of the show? I sure am glad I didn’t fork out $1000 to sit in the intimate circle and not have Oprah come. What a shame…