Living in such a patriarchal society, the sight of two middle-aged women hanging out together all the time, constantly on the telephone to one another seems a little strange. A little gay, even.
Oprah Winfrey has exactly one of these relationships going on with her longtime friend Gayle King. They walk together, they chat together, they laugh together… but that's where it ends, since Oprah Winfrey has declared herself to absolutely not be any kind of lesbian whatsoever. And that's a shame, since we were sort of looking forward to seeing an internet lesbian sex tape starring the 52-year-old star of The Colour Purple and some other woman we've never really heard of.
Oprah Winfrey seems to always be where it's at with the big celebrity news stories. Tom Cruise jumped around on a sofa on Oprah, Jennifer Aniston went "boo hoo hoo" on Oprah and Oprah herself was rumoured to be buying Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn a great big wedding. But now and again, Oprah Winfrey becomes the subject of the news, like with her rubbish Colour Purple musical and her very close friendship with Gayle King.
Now we don't have a clue who Gayle King is, but we're told she had her own failed talkshow nine years ago, and she's now one of the editors of O, the Oprah Winfrey magazine. Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King have been close friends for 30 years, and they've been with each other through thick and thin, and fat and thin, and fat again and thin again. But they haven't been with each other through up and down. Because they're not gay. OK? In fact, Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King are so not gay that they've published a gigantic article in the August episode of O magazine detailing exactly why they're not gay at all. In it, Oprah says:
“I understand why people think we’re gay. There isn’t a definition in our culture for this kind of bond between women. So I get why people have to label it — how can you be this close without it being sexual?”
Gayle King is happy to back her friend Oprah Winfrey up about how neither of them are in the slightest bit gay, saying:
“The truth is, if we were gay, we would tell you, because there’s nothing wrong with being gay.”
So, OK, we'll buy that Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King aren't gay. But there's one line in the article that we simply can't believe, from Oprah:
“Something about this relationship feels otherworldly to me, like it was designed by a power and a hand greater than my own. Whatever this friendship is, it’s been a very fun ride.”
Someone with a power greater than Oprah Winfrey? Oh puh-leeze.
[story by Stuart Heritage]