Lisa Ling gets trashy.
What’s the world coming to? First, a video of downer cows being abused made it into the mainstream media. And yesterday, Oprah ran a show titled “Everyday People Living on the Edge,” which included a segment on freegans. (It also featured stripping soccer moms, but that’s another story.) Lisa Ling went on some dumpster dives, and the question was posed: “How far would you go?”
It’s great that Oprah watchers everywhere now know what it means to be freegan, and one can hope it will have an impact on their consumeristic ways. How much of an impact, of course, is unclear, since Oprah still airs entire shows in which she does nothing but give stuff away.
So maybe the guilt is getting to her. Or maybe she’s just ready to jump on the reality-TV bandwagon. Because on Friday, there’s Oprah’s Big Give Kickoff Party, a sneak peek at her new reality show, in which families compete to raise and give away money in order to better other people’s lives. (Oprah’s Big Give premieres on Sunday.) But I wonder, will the meal chef and judge Jamie Oliver prepares for the preview consist of freegan goodies?