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Is Barbara Walters Going Too Far to Sell Books?

On yesterday's Oprah, Barbara Walters sat down to talk about her new tell-all book. She had plenty to say about her affair with the US Senator and keeping Star Jones' gastric bypass surgery a secret from the public. Star responded by saying,

“It is a sad day when an icon like Barbara Walters, in the sunset of her life, is reduced to publicly branding herself as an adulterer, humiliating an innocent family with accounts of her illicit affair, and speaking negatively against me all for the sake of selling a book."

Seems like Barbara doesn't really care about who she has to throw under the bus to promote her book, so tell us — is she going too far?

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moxierain moxierain 9 years
Yeah Barbara Walters is going way too far to sell books. She didn't need to talk about her bloody affair in the book even though it was part of her life. Did she think people would applaud her for it?
lazyautumn34 lazyautumn34 9 years
the problem i have is..why do you write such a book in the first place. Are you that need of money. I don't care so much of how she promotes it because she already wrote it and got it published. Why tell every about your private life.
doyouwash doyouwash 9 years
It doesn't bother me; I LIKE hearing the dirty dirt!
Community-Manager Community-Manager 9 years
Hey everyone, just remember to allow other opinions even if you don't agree with them and please no putting down anyone for feeling a certain way. Thanks!
historymystery historymystery 9 years
meme12 meme12 9 years
-clears throat- :rotfl:
meme12 meme12 9 years
historymystery historymystery 9 years
meme12, what's your immediate issue?
meme12 meme12 9 years
ahhhh, promises promises
historymystery historymystery 9 years
I guess I can't seem to make my point clear. I'll just give up now.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 9 years
im me this is how i feel this is how i express myself, there are plenty of people on here that i disagree with but that doesnt make me dislike them, whatever works i guess
historymystery historymystery 9 years
Fine and dandy pink. A dismisal is a dismisal. And I was just starting to like you.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 9 years
history just so you know i personally could careless what anyone perceives me as especially on a gossip blog, i know what i am, so I'm good with that, snowbunny you are right we know nothing about the situation of her affair, but we know that she willing slept with a man a married man at that not once but throughout the course of two years, that is whorish material, now if barbara had not know that he was married than she would be as much the victim as his wife, but when you willingly do these types of things that makes you a whore in my book, maybe not society, even if it was once, if you have knowledge that a person is committed to someone whether they are happy or not that is off limits
meme12 meme12 9 years
Barbara Walters is a old hag that talks like she's a mix between a stroke victim and a ventriloquist. She makes me sick! She cheated over and over again with a married man who had children. All she could think about was herself and her own lust! Just like she's doing now..thinking about how many books she can sell. SO F*CKING what if Star Jones had Gastric By Pass, it's her FREAKING BUSINESS NOT ANYONE ELSE'S!!! We know Barbara is loaded down with plastic surgery but I don't see her old as@ talking all about what she's had lifted and replaced!!! She's nasty and she's scum! I personally feel bad for the senator because now everyone knows he's been intimate with Ugly Barbara..and yes she's been UGLY HER WHOLE PATHETIC LIFE!
mirdeb mirdeb 9 years
Autobiography these days are pay back...
historymystery historymystery 9 years
heh, yes snowbunny. And besides. It's her life, her memoirs. She can reveal whatever she feels she wants to. We as individuals don't have to like it, but it's not our call.
historymystery historymystery 9 years
Pink, if you were sleeping around with married men, that would, to me, speak more about what may be going on in your head (as there are as many reasons to engage in such behaviour as there are persons who do it). I for one would never, ever call you a whore, disgusting or otherwise. Because it is WRONG. W. R. O. N. G. Wrong. You may feel just fine in using such language, but I so strongly disagree with you on that stance that it's enough to alter my personal perception of you as a person.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 9 years
Definitely. And I mean, for the record, I'm really boring. I'm a great friend, well educated, decent job, I've been dating the same guy (the only one I've ever slept with) for five years, I have no substance abuse issues. But still, does not make me want to tear apart every person for every little thing they went through in their life, especially not this considering the fact that I know very little about the nature of the affair from this blurb in this post. As far as revealing it in her memoir, well, I am sure the family will be fine considering it happened 30 years ago and the couple has been divorced. I doubt it was news to them. And, revealing some of your private life as well as your illustrious career in your memoir, while it may not be something everyone would do, it will allow the reader to really get a feel of what it was like to live and work as a journalist. It's more interesting. And Barbara IS in the "sunset of her life," so the timing is appropriate.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 9 years
history if i were sleeping around with married men that would make me a disgusting whore, and using certain words has nothing to do with education, i know several uneducated people that would never use such words, and i personally use them that is how to describe a cheater, im sure shitshit has mental issues, yeah right
historymystery historymystery 9 years
snowbunny, I wonder if to some degree we are programmed to behave like that. Either by one's family or by the society one lives in (or both I suppose). It's always been clear to me that a double standard exists. Nice girls don't have sex/like sex and all that, the Virgin/Whore concept, etc, etc. As a woman, I believe that labeling another woman in such a manner, regardless of what she's done or what her behaviour is, to be every bit as degenerating towards myself as it would be towards her. One can condemn the action or behaviour without dehumanizing the individual. I suppose too that many don't stop and think "How would I feel if someone were to label ME in such a manner?" Empathy seems to be in short demand these days.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 9 years
history- for some reason women on this site LOVE to call other women wh*res, bad mothers, etc. The best is when they call celebrities famewho*res (only female ones of course). It's like they don't even realize that they are reading about people whose job requires some degree of publicity, but rather just focus on the fact that there's another "desperate" woman to call fat and lame. Apparently all of the women who read this site are pure and clean and would never be such wh*rey wh*res or slutty sluts that they would ever entice a powerful man (a senator!) with a close family (details don't matter) into having sex with them. These women are really promoting sexism in a much more insidious way than any man that ever shouts "iron my shirt!" because its women attacking women which makes sexism somehow seem more acceptable. There are people on here who still insist that no, Britney Spears cannot possibly have a mental illness (even though that is the best explanation for her behavior) she is really just a wh*rey wh*re and a bad mother. It's really sick. I don't know how the Sugar sites attracted such a crowd, but it definitely leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
historymystery historymystery 9 years
I'm not objecting to the view point, in fact, on a moral and ethical level I agree with it. What I'm objecting to the choice of words. There's a massive difference. Educated people should not resort to such language. Besides, if people hadn't stridently objected to the use of racial slurs, we'd still all be fine with the use of them. It's time we stridently objected to the use of sexual and gender based slurs.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 9 years
thats why i love the country i live in, we can all have different opinion, history if thats the way you feel thats fine
historymystery historymystery 9 years
You can call it like it is, but that does not negate the simple fact that the term whore, and all associated terms, are words created to dehumanize a segment of society. It IS a hedious word. Just like the 'n' word or any other racial slur or the 'f' word or any other sexual orientation based slur. It's a sexist, gender based slur and should NEVER pass anyone's lips nor dance under their fingertips. Do you want to understand what I'm saying? Go back through the comments and replace 'whore' with the 'n' word. How does that come across? Replace it with a homosexual slur. How does that come across? Would that person making such comments and using such words be allowed to get away with it? So why do we let people who use words like slut, whore, skank, etc, get away with it? It's all wrong. Disgusting, horrible, nasty, and just plain WRONG. W. R. O. N. G. It's no different, bottom line. And there are FAR better ways to express your point of view on her actions than reducing yourself to hidious slurs that dehumanize. With all the ways to express one's self in the English language, there is absolutely NO NEED to limit yourself to a slur of that nature. If you want to say that you find this particular incident that she engaged in to be disgusting, that her behaviour was wrong, yes, that's fine. To a point, I agree with you. BUT I take serious issue with the particular choice of words used to express that. And if you still don't grasp where I'm coming from on that issue, there's no hope for humanity and the women AND men who have come before and fought to bring us up out of "Not a person under the law" status will have wasted every moment of the fight. To be offended and angered by a woman having an affair with a married man, that's fine. To reduce yourself to the kind of person that has no issue with using dehumanizing words of any sort to express that, not fine.
lolalu lolalu 9 years
Wow, people have some respect! Barbara Walters is an AMAZING women. God forbid she be honest and talk about the mistakes she made in her past. If anything this interview made me like her more!
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