Oprah Winfrey, ruler of the free world, is having a contest promising fame and fortune. It's called "Your Own Show: Oprah's Search for the Next TV Star," which will give birth to the greatest TV show ever. Or not. It's simple: Viewers upload their pitches -- falling under the genres of traditional talk show, cooking, interior design or fashion, health & well-being, and wildcard -- and then people vote for their favorites.
Local Oprah star wannabe Justin Barker, however, found his submission banned from the contest. Twice! Why? Well, for starters, he employed the use of booze in his vegetarian cooking show idea. Which, it seems, is a no-no. Also, he uses his friends in his beta show. Which, according to the fine folks at Harpo, is verboten.
In harrowing detail, Barker explains:
I submitted my vegetarian show idea to Oprah's "Your Own Show" contest and they banned it TWICE! My original edit included alcohol and it got rejected.. I edited out, blurred and dubbed the alcoholic parts and they rejected it again--for including my friends in the shoo! WHAT?! REALLY ? There's no way I am going to dub and blur my friends...
Watch the video and judge for yourself.