Thursday, January 24, 2008
give us back our ruby slippers
Maybe I'm taking this to seriously, but did you see what Oprah did yesterday? The real Ruby Slippers made a wonderful guest appearance on her show, traveling from the Smithsonian with guards and very high security. When I saw them, silly girl that I am, I got tears in my eyes. The shoes, even though they're a movie prop, represent possibility, magic, and faith to anyone who knows and loves the 'Wizard Of Oz'. They must be important to us as a culture, or they wouldn't be in the Smithsonian. I found myself sort of overwhelmed with a childish belief in the absolute power of beautiful, magical shoes......
Oprah asked again and again if she could touch them, and was gently, repeatedly told by Dr. Glass, the museum director, that, no, she could not. Eventually she wore the poor guy down, and not only touched the slippers, but grabbed then, picked them up, and waved them around in the air. Such arrogance from someone who makes such a big deal over respecting culture, heritage, and history. She behaved like a spoiled brat, bringing to mind the hideous Veruca Salt, from Willy Wonka.... "I want it now, Daddy!"