I happened to catch part of an episode of The Talk the other day, before the Super Bowl. This is the first time I’d seen it since the Great Firing took place, so Holly Robinson Peete and Leah Remini weren’t there. This one featured Kelly Osborne, Aisha Tyler and Sheryl Underwood. I’m guessing that Kelly was in for her mom.
Anyway, the topic was Giselle Bundchen’s prayer for Tom Brady and the Patriots (ptooee). In a private email to friends and family, she said,
“My sweet friends and family,” the e-mail began. “This Sunday will be a really important day in my husband’s life. He and his team worked so hard to get to this point and now they need us more than ever to send them positive energy so they can fulfill their dream of winning this super bowl . . .
“So I kindly ask all of you to join me on this positive chain and pray for him, so he can feel confident, healthy and strong. Envision him happy and fulfilled experiencing with his team a victory this Sunday.
“Thank you for your love and support. Love, G :)”
Well, this topic was brought up by Aisha Tyler, and when she discussed it, she was extremely disrespectful, flipping her hair around, and using a “Valley Girl” accent to pretend she was Giselle. Part of her quote (paraphrased): “If you are sick, if you have cancer, if you have a baby who is sick, I’m going to pray for you. But if you’re a millionaire supermodel, your husband is in the Super Bowl, you can zip it.” And then she rolled her eyes.
Kelly Osborne pointed out that her mom, Sharon, would do the same thing… “If I was up for an award… she’d do the same thing.” Her problem was with the rat fink friend who released this prayer request to the public. “What kind of a friend does that?”
The other ladies displayed varying degrees of support for Bundchen; Sarah Gilbert pointed out that she’s getting hammered for this because she’s a celebrity – anyone else in the same situation would get a pass, even if it is “one degree off” of acceptable behavior. It’s not shown in the clip, but Sheryl Underwood made an excellent point that it is not up to us to judge Bundchen’s “prayer style” – perhaps she IS praying for the “end of death and suffering”, as Aisha Tyler wants her to do. So does that mean that suffering and illness is the only thing anyone is allowed to pray for? Tyler’s point was that Bundchen already has it all – she’s a supermodel, a millionaire, her super-athlete husband has already won multiple Super Bowls with his team – she shouldn’t be praying for something this trivial.
Where do you stand on this?