This is why insane people like me should be kept off of the Internet. In the RichardDawkins.net forum, Stella started a thread asking “Would Professor Dawkins ever consider appearing on Oprah?”
I know that Oprah is a New Age charlatan pusher, but consider the reach of her influence, and the size of her audience. I think Professor Dawkins’s polite, well-spoken approach might at least cause a little spark of reason in the minds of some of those millions of people (mostly women, mostly religious).
I don’t know if Dawkins would ever even consider such a thing, or if Oprah would have him on.
Richard Dawkins himself replied within minutes.
Of course I would. My publishers would murder me if I didn’t. The problem is to get invited.
Letter writing campaign? It can’t be too hard to flood her inbox with e-mails.
I posted a query in the Richard Dawkins group, asking if there had ever been any talk about him appearing on the Oprah Winfrey Show: viewtopic.php?f=14&t=45556
Professor Dawkins said, “Of course I would. My publishers would murder me if I didn’t. The problem is to get invited.”
If you’d like to see him on the show, which would definitely increase the profile of atheism in “middle America”, please send an email to the show’s producers at: http://www2.oprah.com/email/reach/email_showideas.jhtml
I realize that the type of “spirituality’ Oprah usually focuses on is anathema to most of us here, and that it is unlikely he would be invited to appear, since her audience is comprised mainly of middle-class, female, American theists who would necessarily be offended by Oprah appearing to “endorse” atheism in any way. But it is undeniable that the current media climate is conducive to an increased presence of atheist viewpoints, as evidenced by recent appearances by Dawkins, as well as Hitchens, Dennet, Harris, Hirsi Ali, etc. on a wide variety of programs. There is a lot of talk about the “New Atheists” – I think, if approached the right way, Oprah and her producers might realize this topic has a lot of “good television” potential, and that Professor Dawkins, who is so well-spoken, accessible, and polite, would be a great guest.