Shania Twain asked Oprah to stop talking about religion during their dinner

I’ve never really thought of Oprah Winfrey as someone who is close-minded about anything, really. She seems exceptionally curious, which is what made her such a good TV talk show host. While Oprah is pretty religious, she’s also not bash-people-over-the-head about it. Which makes this story really weird. Apparently, Shania Twain and Oprah had dinner together at some point, and their conversation turned to religion versus spirituality, and Shania made Oprah sound close-minded or weird about religion?

Shania Twain learned never to talk about religion at the dinner table while out with Oprah Winfrey. The country pop star, 57, shared on the podcast “Table Manners with Jessie Ware and Lennie Ware” on Wednesday that the divisive topic made her conversation with the media mogul, 68, turn “sour.”

“It was great to just sit and have real talks, but as soon as we started talking about religion, it all went sour,” Twain — who did not specify when the dinner took place — said, adding that she then told Winfrey, “Let’s stop talking about religion!’”

The “Man! I Feel Like a Woman” singer said there were clear differences between her and the former talk show host because Winfrey is “quite religious” and Twain considers herself more “spiritual.”

“I’m not religious in the sense that I’m dedicated to a religion,” she explained. “I’m much more of a spiritual person. I’m a seeker.”

Despite their conflicting points of view, Twain said she was open to having a conversation but the topic just “wasn’t debatable” for Winfrey.

“There was no room for debate, and I like to debate,” the “From This Moment On” singer said. “Canadians like to debate everything. So, I’m like, ‘Oh, OK. It’s time to change the subject.’”

A rep for Winfrey did not immediately return Page Six’s request for comment on Twain’s claims. In an interview with AARP Bulletin in 2015, the Oprah magazine founder, who grew up Baptist, opened up about her relationship with her faith and how she views those of different backgrounds.

[From Page Six]

Why does this feel so shady? Granted, if a dinner conversation with Oprah turned to religion, I would try to change the subject too, just because there are more interesting topics of conversation! I’d like to talk to Oprah about royalty, celebrity gossip, whether Gayle ever annoys the bejesus out of her, what Steadman is really like. Again, it feels like Shania is trying to say Oprah is close-minded or even bigoted about religion and… I’m just not buying that? Oprah reads and recommends too many self-help books (many of which are just watered-down lessons from Buddhism and Hinduism) to be close-minded about religion.

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  1. equality says:

    Could just mean that Twain was losing the debate and couldn’t defend her position or that she’s uncomfortable talking about some things.

    • Runaway says:

      Nah, I buy this. I’m a black woman who grew up with Oprah because every woman I knew worshipped at the cult of Oprah and I never ever got it.
      As I got older and did, continue to work on myself I came to find value on what she’s offered people all these years.
      But I definitely buy that she can be sanctimonious, as that’s what I always felt watching her

      • KLO says:

        @Runaway THIS. Nothing more to add.

      • Mel says:

        Yes, that’s the vibe I get from her also. I also get “I know everything, so listen to me” vibe.

      • Enny says:

        I still remember the moment that turned me off Oprah, she was asking a guest a religion-themed question, and when the guest politely said she was not very religious, Oprah turned to the audience and made a big, theatrical production out of it, guffawing and making faces. She’s sanctimonious about many things, I think, but religion more than anything else.

      • MeganC says:

        Maybe she tried to witness. I can see why Shania would shut that down.

      • Shayd says:

        New Age -is- cultY and can be divisive. It’s a cult off-shoot of “spiritual” that CAN be quite annoying. Ie, “cell phones kill bees”, or “western medicine is designed to keep you sick”. It’s also gateway to the Qanon qrap.

      • ASHBY says:

        Sorry, I don’t believe one word of what Shania Twain says, TRUMP supporters are the worst kind of people and definitely not honest.

        Shania is just trying sell her book.

        Maybe she should sell her book by explaining what really happened between her, her husband and that weird couple they switched partners with.

        Now that is a juicy gossip that would sell her book.

        I’m no Oprah fun, but even I have to admit that Oprah came from nothing and she made it as black woman in America, during some really difficult times in the country and she has done also a lot of good with her money and influence.

      • Bosandi says:

        Yep, I stopped watching Oprah in the last several years of her show bc she’d become so sanctimonious.

      • Noxy says:

        Not that I’m a huge fan of Shania but I get the vibe Oprah can be quite sanctimonious at times. Perhaps she doesn’t mean to be, but I’ve felt that vibe from time to time and have read many comments from people who feel the same. Who knows what happened? Even very open-minded and intellectually curious people can feel a bit defensive if they feel they’re being needled about their faith, and we don’t know what tone either of them were taking with one another.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      let’s also remember that, in 2018, Twain said she would have voted for Trump in 2016 because “even though he’s offensive, he’s honest”.

      oh, sure, she took a lot of sh*t for it and (only after her fans came for her) gave a “sorry if you were offended” kind of apology.

      but she was apparently OK with him being “offensive”…the FIRST thing he said after he declared his candidacy, in 2015, was that Mexico was sending “rapists” and “murderers”. THE VERY FIRST, IN 2015. and she said that about voting for him in 2018. 2018! How many offensive, racist, misogynistic things had he said by then? and how many lies did he tell by 2018? and yes, as late as that she was saying that she would have voted for him despite his bigotry because he was “honest”…WHICH HE WASN’T!!!

      so, Shania can go scratch. and F ALL the way off. I’m not even a big Oprah fan but between these two? Oprah, all day long.

      • Yup, Me says:

        Thank you. That “Canadians like to debate everything.” sounded like some dog whistle BS for “I love playing Devil’s advocate about sh!t that actually affects some people’s lives.”

        Shania (conveniently) doesn’t share what really happened in this conversation (which would allow those of us who weren’t there to actually come to our own conclusions about what went down and possibly not side with Shania).

      • Queen Meghan’s Hand says:

        Yeah, I think Shania was likely being disrespectful in her “debate”.

      • Wilma says:

        Agree with not taking Trumpy Twain at her very non-specific word.

      • ChillinginDC says:

        Yep. Ten bucks Shania was saying some mess about LGBT or trans women and Oprah wasn’t having it.

      • TangerineTree says:

        Yes to all of you. Shania is jumping on this snark-at-Oprah bandwagon that has been happening lately. Since her Trump support I just can’t stand her music.

    • Trillian says:

      How can you actually lose a debate like this?

      • Tiffany:) says:

        If it is something like “I don’t believe in Jesus”, that’s not really something that a person “couldn’t defend”…it just is.

  2. MrsCope says:

    Oh good thought Equality!

  3. Watson says:

    I love Oprah but can totally see her not wanting to debate religion the way Shania wanted to. I don’t even see it as a matter of being closed minded, but a matter of cultural differences. Americans as a whole are far more steadfast in their religious views, than Canadians are so there is very little to debate.

  4. Plums says:

    A debate about religion vs. spirituality can be very intellectually engaging, but only if both participants are not judge-y or closed-minded about the views of the other. My reaction to this article is a bit different from yours, and I wonder if Shania wasn’t the one who made the conversation awkward. I was raised Unitarian Universalist in the Bible Belt, and Shania’s words here remind me so much of the people I grew up (ironically) going to church with. They were self-centered, very closed minded, and insufferably arrogant when it came to the topic of mainstream christianity, since the majority of them had left conservative christian churches they grew up in that had rejected them in one way or another, so maybe that’s coloring my reaction to her here and I’m being unfair. It could just be because she’s not American. I think the tribal religiosity of a lot of Americans can be weird and off-putting to other westerners. I don’t know what Oprah is like behind closed doors, of course, but I doubt she’s hardcore enough to be preachy and judgmental about disagreement. It would be evident in her public face if she were, imo.

    • Jess says:

      As someone who also experienced trauma through religion, they have every right to be closed minded about *shrug*

    • Tessa says:

      Yeah, I’m with Jess. Any religion that preaches “love” but “rejects” people isn’t a religion I want to be open-minded about.
      I wasn’t raised Unitarian Universalist, but I was very close with a family that was UU in the Bible Belt, they were the only family like that in a hyper religious small town. And they were the kindest and most accepting people in that entire religious town, so my experience couldn’t be more different from yours. 0 arrogance, very open-minded, the arrogance and the closed-mindedness was entirely on the side of the town, constantly mocking the UU family for being into healthy eating and the environment before it was cool.

  5. Ellie says:

    Isn’t Oprah good friends with Deepak Chopra, Eckhart Tolle and the likes? They’re spiritual teachers with no ties to any particular religion (that I’m aware of) and in fact some of their teachings even challenge traditional Christian teachings. I’m not buying this story at all.

    • tealily says:

      That could mean that they are people that don’t mind listening to Oprah pontificate about her beliefs and that Shania is. What aren’t you buying?

      • Annalise says:

        @Tealily – I know you were asking a different commentor what they weren’t buying? But seeing as how I agree with that commentor I’m going to answer it, too.
        I do not buy how suspiciously vague ST is about the whole encounter. Much like another commentor stated, she seems to intentionally not give enough info for anyone to make an informed decision about who they think was right or wrong in the situation. So there’s that, and also what I know about watching Oprah for the last 30 years, since I was a child. And Oprah has always seemed VERY VERY open to anything spirituallity related. Oprah CONSTANTLY talks about “her spirit”. And like someone else mentioned, if Oprah was so pigeon-holed in Christianity, she wouldn’t be buds with and a proponent of the teachings of Chopra and the like. So ST claiming that Oprah took issue with her because she is more “spiritual than religious”?? Sorry NOT buyin it. And the fact that ST is a TRumper and Trumpers do NOT like Oprah

    • MsGnomer says:

      Coincidentally, yesterday there was an old photo in my IG feed of Oprah embracing Ram Dass. (a spiritual teacher similar to Eckhart Tolle) This “debate” story sounds like a way to garner interest in ST publication by name dropping.

  6. ThatsNotOkay says:

    Often when it comes to religion, it IS time to change the subject because you cannot win a debate about religion, in terms of who is “right” in their beliefs. It’s a losing proposition and annoying to have to sit through someone’s eyes glazing over and telling you what they “believe.” Beliefs are not facts. Enjoy them, believe them, but leave me out of them.

  7. Steph says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised. As an atheist, when it comes to religious folks (especially Black Christians) it seems you’re all good if you believe in a god. They do amazing mental gymnastics to make it seem like your religion is theirs under a different name. Actually, it may not be gymnastics, most monotheist religions carry the same message. But it becomes a different story when you don’t believe in a god at all. Values be damned. You could line the exact same moral life but if it’s not in the service of god, you are the devil.
    Funniest (maybe scariest?) trying ever said to me by a religious person: If you don’t believe in god and aren’t scared of his consequences, why aren’t you a murderer?

    • Sue E Generis says:

      THIS!! It actually illustrates the lack of logic under which most religious people operate. They automatically equate Atheism with devil worship and evil. Not understanding that to believe in the devil falls under the umbrella of a belief in god.

    • Josephine says:

      “especially Black Christians”?? Are you kidding me? No one has done more harm in the name of christianity than white evangelicals. I’m not religious but it seems to me that it’s always the white folks who have to export their fake christianity and abuse people under the guise of it.

      • Regina Falangie says:

        White christains are some of the worst, if not THE worst, people you will ever meet.

        I say that as someone who knows and loves God but avoids church and those who attend.

      • Steph says:

        I’m not saying they are worse than any other Christians, or anybody who believes in a god. By my experience with fellow Black folks who are Christians have been they are completely unyielding. They aren’t using it for power but they will be judgeing the hell out of you.

    • AmB says:

      “… why aren’t you a murderer?”

      Me: “I don’t know, keep talking and let’s find out.” >:{

  8. HandforthParish says:

    To be fair I don’t think religion is ‘debatable’ with very religious people.
    I have a few of those in my family and I avoid the topic like a plague.
    I see debate as an intellectual exercise, and religious people are so entranched in their faith (and I don’t mean in a bigoted way but rather they see Jesus as God, end of) that they can’t ‘debate’ it.

    I think that’s what she meant when she said she changed the subject, I didn’t think it was shady?

    • trixie says:

      I was taught to never talk, sex, religion or politics, during any sort of conversation. Everyone has their own opinion on these things, and there is no reason to begin a war or argument to a social gathering. It’s purely the polite thing to do.

  9. Mcmmom says:

    I’ll discuss religion with you all day long – I majored in religion and it’s a fascinating topic to me, but I would shut a debate down, too. A debate implies an outcome and a winner and picking sides and I have zero interest in that. Maybe Shania wanted to argue and Oprah was, “you do you, but don’t try to convince me to change my beliefs.”

  10. Madge says:

    I think it might be a cultural thing. Canadians generally are not as religious as Americans. I have met a lot of Americans and in my experience if you talk to them for more than 15 minutes they usually start talking about god or casually mention god. We just don’t ever talk about god here.

    • Eurydice says:

      I think it depends on what part of the country Americans are from. In my area, if a person mentions faith, they are considered lunatics. It’s different, of course, if one is hyphenated – then one’s faith is waived away as part of ethnicity.

      • Andrea says:

        Born and raised New Yorker who lived in NC and now Canada. My New Yorker parents eyes glaze over whenever anyone brings up God, particularly my father when anyone mentions Jesus, since they don’t really mention him so outright in Catholicism. My dad loathes “bible thumpers” as he calls them and has stated many times is why he would never live south of the Mason Dixon line.

        Met a few religious people in Canada and the ones I met tended to have kids young and little education. All of my friends are secular and it was easy to find them too.

  11. The Old Chick says:

    That’s just bs. I’ve followed Oprah on and off for freaking decades, she’s absolutely spiritual and a seeker.. That’s 💯 bs. How strange. All her favourite people were clear spiritualists, like them or not.

    • Concern+Fae says:

      One of the reasons they say not to talk about religion is that people can mean very different can mean very different things when they say the word “God.” People can be open to all sorts of spirituality but be intensely triggered by discussion of the religion they were raised in, some by hearing it praised, some by hearing it denigrated.

  12. North of Boston says:

    This just seems like such a weird thing to toss out in an interview, podcast IDK. It seems like some weird name-dropping flex by ST.

    And yeah, no idea what OWs like IRL, but yeah when she’s interviewing or talking with people of various religions and spiritual practices on tv she does ask questions to get them to clarify things and she does interrupt even if just to acknowledge and expand on what the other person was saying. If she was in that mode over dinner I could see wanting to go “hey, let’s talk about something else”. But I’ve never seen her close to what ST describes on spiritual or religious subjects.

    But even so, it just seems like a weird thing to bring up publicly even it’s not a topic ST is normally comfortable chatting about over dinner.

    • Kokiri says:


      Shania doesn’t need a flex. Shania is the flex.

      • North of Boston says:

        That’s one of the reasons why I said “weird”

      • MsGnomer says:

        I have to disagree that “Shania is the flex.” I dont know anything about her, except she recently sang on stage “Feel like a Woman” with Harry Styles. I believe this interview and story is a name dropping headline to garner interest in her publication. But, what do I know. Obviously very little about Shania Twain, to being with…..She is not Loretta Lynn, RIP, or Patty Kline, Dolly, etc.

  13. Steph says:

    Shania looks so good in curious but I wish she would have separated them and put in a few strokes of a wide tooth comb (maybe 3) bc it looks like they are right off the rod.

  14. Noki says:

    I have always believed Oprah believes in a higher power and vibrations etc. Never got the sense she was some bible bashing organised religion type.

  15. NorthernGirl_20 says:

    Meh Oprah is responsible for Dr. Oz and Dr. Phil. I can’t stand her personally.

    • Lucy says:

      This part. For all the good she has done, OW has unleashed some hideous grifters in the Wellness Industrial Complex upon us as well.

    • TikiChica says:

      And she promoted John of God in her show too.

    • badrockandroll says:

      Too lazy to look anything up this frosty Monday, but I have vague memories of some questionable book choices in Oprah’s book club, including a purportedly fact based work which was eventually revealed to be fiction. That being said, Oprah also produced Shania’s reality show, back when both Shania’s voice and her first husband disappeared. Oprah also produced a reality show for Sarah Ferguson, so she has unleashed a lot of grifters! But I also can’t decide whether Shania is Milli or Vanilli, so I definitely have no horse in this race!

    • Ameerah says:

      Dr Oz and Dr Phil are responsible for Dr Oz and Dr Phil. Stop blaming a Black woman for the actions of men.

      • Lucy says:

        She platformed these men, so yes, she bears some responsibility for their subsequent influence on folks.

  16. Kokiri says:

    I think O has read self help books, etc, & likes to help people/open minded: as long as she personally agrees with what you say/decisions are. As long as she approves.
    I can fully see her shoving religion at you if you dared disagree. She shoves all her beliefs at people (like her insane dieting ideas).
    I’ll never forgive her for Dr Oz or Dr Phil.
    Never forget she promoted those 2.

    • Coco says:

      Someone in the comments below point out that Shania made a comment that if she could vote in the 2016 election she would have voted for Trump. That change things on who is the one who was pushing their views onto who.

  17. Turkeylurkey says:

    Shania said if she could’ve voted in our election in 2016, she would’ve voted for trump so I don’t care what she thinks about religion or anything else.

    • Persephone says:

      Thank you. I was wondering when someone would remember this.

    • jess says:

      Whaaaaaaat?!! Well that changes the dynamics of their conversation quite a bit.

    • lucy2 says:

      Ew. Man, she sounds like an a-hole.

    • Twin Falls says:

      Her follow up answer:

      “The question caught me off guard. As a Canadian, I regret answering this unexpected question without giving my response more context,” she continued.
      “I was trying to explain, in a response to a question about the election, that my limited understanding was that the president talked to a portion of America like an accessible person they could relate to, as he was not a politician.

      “My answer was awkward, but certainly should not be taken as representative of my values nor does it mean I endorse him.
      “I make music to bring people together. My path will always be one of inclusivity, as my history shows.”

      • whatWHAT? says:

        Please see my comment below. she said that about him 2018.

        in 2015, when he declared his candidacy, one of the first remarks he made was about how Mexico “wasn’t sending their best”; that they were sending “rapists” and murderers”. for three years after that, into 2018 when Twain made her comment, he said plenty of other bigoted, misogynistic and antisemitic things. he mocked a disabled reporter. he mocked parents of dead soldiers. he proved himself to be a despicable person in those three years (not like he hadn’t before that) and yet she STILL said that she would have voted for him.

        if she had “limited understanding” of him and the election, she should have said that. “I don’t know enough to comment” would have worked. but she didn’t say that because she apparently DID know enough to say that DESPITE HIM BEING OFFENSIVE, she would have voted for him. she does NOT get to say, after the fact, when her fans turned on her, that she didn’t know. BULL CRAP. “doesn’t endorse his views”? and yet, she was OK with them because he was “honest”?

    • whatWHAT? says:

      sorry I didn’t read all the comments before I posted above.

      THIS, all day long. sure, she apologized (“sorry if I offended anyone”) but the damage is done. and it’s not like she said that JUST after the election. and, even if she had, 45 made the comments about Mexico “not sending their best people when he first announced, in 2015. she said that about him in 2018. 2018!!! how many horrible, bigoted things had he said by then? and how many lies had he told? but no, as late as 2018 she was OK with him because, even though he was “offensive”, she thought he was “honest”. so, she was OK with his bigotry, and anti-semitism, and misogyny. because he was “honest”. right.

      I don’t really care what Twain has to say about ANYTHING. privileged b*tch.

      • Twin Falls says:

        She comes across as another ignorant celebrity who shouldn’t talk about anything other than what they are good at. I also think she lives in that very privileged white woman bubble and isn’t someone who is out to make the world a better place. I’m not a country music fan so I wasn’t ever going to be supporting or not supporting her regardless.

      • Persephone says:

        @whatWHAT? “sorry if I offended anyone” is NOT an apology.
        “I apologize for causing offense with my remarks” or “I apologize for making offensive remarks” — those are apologies.
        I am SO TIRED of people not knowing what an apology is. Just because it has “sorry” in it does not make it an apology.
        Shania can F*** all the way off with her Trump-supporting self.

        P.S. I’m not mad at you @whatWHAT, it’s just that these celebrities really irk me sometimes.

  18. Gem says:

    This sounds odd to me because I think of Oprah as being more spiritual than religious. I think she is almost too open-minded, given some of the weirdos she had on her show. Or it might be more of an American versus Canadian thing?

  19. Barbara says:

    Meh. Just the fact that Shania brought it up like this tells me she was the one with the problem.

  20. osito says:

    I could have sworn that I once read that Shania Twain has some extreme-ish religious views, and that was in part why her first marriage ended.

    Was that all just a wild rumor? Some weird mid-aughts fever dream that stuck with me?

    Either way, I could see the conversation being awkward. I have some family members with extreme evangelical beliefs. I’m an atheist, but very open to people being what they want and believing what they want, though I don’t love talking about it one way or the other. So, no, I don’t like it when my family members go on a mission to “debunk” my worldview. They see it as “debate,” and I see at as an intrusion. I also don’t like it when they want to “debate” my progressive politics, either: It feels like an attack and neither of us moves the needle for the other, so why even bring it up?

    Maybe Oprah just had some good boundaries with a casual acquaintance. Her religion isn’t up for debate, so she shut it down. Or vice versa, though the way Shania tells it makes me think she was the one up for a discussion that Oprah wasn’t willing to have.

    • lunchcoma says:

      I can imagine Shania having odd religious views, but her first marriage to Mutt Lange ended because he was having an affair with her friend, not because of religious disagreements.

  21. susan says:

    maybe they should have had a debate about whether it was a good idea for Shania to have stuffed her face so full of Restylane.

  22. KrystinaJ says:

    For context, Shania was talking about a dinner she had with Oprah in the 90’s, not recently. I could see 90’s Oprah being a bit more inflexible with Religion, but today’s Oprah I could see being more open minded.

  23. lunchcoma says:

    I guess I can see Oprah going on about religion in an irritating way. She has a bad picker when it comes to whose advice she listens to, and I can see her promoting someone of Dr. Phil or Dr. Oz’s ilk in an irritating way.

    But I don’t understand why Shania is giving this interview. This isn’t one of those situations where someone did something gravely offensive that needs to be called out. If dinner with Oprah was awkward, the solution is to not accept Oprah’s dinner invitations anymore and then go on with life.

    Unless, of course, you want everyone to know you had dinner with Oprah.

  24. Lizzie Bathory says:

    I have no idea what transpired at this dinner, but in my experience “I like to debate” folks vastly overestimate their charm in social situations. And I welcome a good debate when everyone is on board, but to “debate” something deeply personal like religion, especially at the dinner table when not everyone signed up for your debate?

    That makes you sound like an asshole. And then to air that out how many years later as a white woman who seems to be clout chasing a very famous Black woman? THAT makes you sound like an asshole, too. Oprah didn’t ask for this.

  25. Thinking says:

    I have no opinion in this, but this gossip is a little different than the usual stuff that we see. It’s kind of interesting in a way.

    Debating about religion is usually not that fun or ever leads anywhere so two celebrities networking and talking about this topic is kind of fascinating to me.

  26. Likeyoucare says:

    I dont trust someone who voted for trumph. And that person is not oprah.

  27. girl_ninja says:

    Shania is an almost Trumpster though. Her saying she would have voted for him because he’s um, checks notes…”I would have voted for him because, even though he was offensive, he seemed honest,” she said. “Do you want straight or polite?” Then tried to apologize when people told her about herself.

    Oprah has ALWAYS erred on the side of spiritual than religious even though she grew up in a religious household. I think Shania the Almost Trumpster is being extra in her story telling.

  28. Jaded says:

    Canadian here — Shania has a long history of stretching the truth and/or outright lying. She originally claimed that Jerry Twain, an Ojibway Indian, was her father. He was actually her stepfather — her bio father, Clarence Edwards, was of French and Irish descent and her mother was also of Irish descent. In one article she claims she’s proud of her adoptive father and she is considered 50% Ojibwa — in another she claims she was physically and sexually abused by him, but both her parents were killed in a car accident in 1987 so they can’t defend themselves. That plus her Trump support that she later tried to walk back is enough for me to give her a huge side-eye about this Oprah story.

    • Valerie says:

      Is that where that came from?! Growing up, I remember hearing something about her being Indigenous. I had forgotten about it until now. It was one of those “1/4 Cherokee” rumours that briefly circulated and then got swept under the rug.

      I’d also always heard that she had beem abused and neglected as a child. Every story that I read about her led with that fact and turned her life story into a rags-to-riches fairytale.

      • badrockandroll says:

        I always think of Pygmalion or Svengali stories when I think of Shania. For whatever reason, Mutt has huge industry power, and almost no internet presence. Round about the time he and Shania started making million sellers, Shania’s pre-Mutt internet history disappeared as well, including pics of a really ordinary looking girl named Elaine. It’s never been too clear whether it was her bio daddy or some other sugar daddy who bought her nose, teeth and boobs, back when she was a poor struggling artist supporting her younger half siblings (or not, for there is some debate about that too). Many entertainers have background stories that don’t stand up to examination, but the fact that Shania “lost” her voice and hasn’t had a hit since Mutt times makes me more sceptical of hers than I am of most. But I will admit it, my curiosity about her really piqued when back in the day Steve Earle said that she was the highest paid lap dancer in Nashville – that’s some celebitchin’ right there!

    • murt says:

      Jaded – I’d say all of that is true – her adopted father (who was originally her stepfather) was Indigenous. She was raised by him, along with her mother, was adopted into the Ojibway nation and had a status card. She’s spoken about the trauma she faced growing up, which is, sadly, trauma that isnt unusual for children from that era growing up poor, on and off reserve, as she did. And she’s said frankly – and continues to say – that she is proud of her father though he was abusive. I cannot brand her a liar for any of that.

  29. j says:

    Canadian here – no, we don’t like to “debate” everything. She sounds like the kind of person who starts arguments but isn’t informed or logical enough to hold a position. Then opts to end the discussion or attack the other person’s character when she makes a fool of herself. Then plays the victim!! The idiot’s playbook lmao.

    • Tigerlily says:

      @J Another Canadian here & I was kind of confused about the debate part. I’m a recovering Catholic so I tend to avoid religious debate. My nephew’s nanny is the sweetest most loving woman and a very Christian person. Love her but when she invited me to hr church’s ladies night I politely explained that I don’t do church. We accepted my declining her invite and no hard feelings. However we never discuss religion ever.

  30. Jessica says:

    Many religious people refuse to see the other side because the other side, science and evolution etc, will actually prove their religion wrong…or eat least find serious problems with their timeline, and that’s hard for religious folk to grapple with. I totally believe this but think Oprah takes that down in her image cause she likes to seem openminded.

  31. MC2 says:

    Instead of being obsessed with “debating” (ie demanding that her voice always be heard above others)…maybe she should have zipped it & listened to what Oprah was saying, instead of shutting down a wise woman who could have taught her something.

  32. Maria says:

    I’m religious, and I’ve come to interpret “I like to debate” as “Let’s argue about your religion.” I’m just not into that. I am totally cool if you believe something I don’t, or don’t believe something I do. We can even talk about it, so long as we’re just sharing our ideas. But I don’t like arguing about who’s right. It’s so personal.

    • trixie says:

      i also agree with you on this point. I’m totally cool that my husband has different ideas about religion than I do. I respect his point of view and he respects mine. We were avid church goers when our children were growing up and they attended a private christian school. both of them have different views now. my husband never tried to influence either and neither did I. We stopped going to church when everyone found out our pastor was having an affair with the church secretary, both married. We absolutely loved our previous pastor that married us. My hubs no longer follows Catholic faith, but hasn’t since he was a young man. I was Espiscopalian growing up. We decided to go to Methodist. Now we don’t attend church, but i do talk to God, and pray. I can worship him wherever I am. I don’t need to attend a church, for him to connect with me. I feel like many people feel the same way. My job doesn’t always allow me the time off to go to church. but as God is good or the spirituality divine knows, you can pray from anywhere. be a kind and loving person, give when you can. Any God anywhere will shine his love down on you.

  33. Valerie says:

    I’ve learned from experience that a lot of the people who say this just want to fight. They don’t want to discuss anything. They want to hold forth and win the argument that they started.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      OMG, you’ve met my brother. lol

      I always “joke” that he will start an argument with you just so he can beat you in it.

  34. MangoAngelesque says:

    The Canadian MAGAt can eff right off. I’m not religious at all, not even an Oprah fan, in fact I believe she gets a pass for some pretty rude behaviours just because ✨OpRaH✨ (much like Beyoncé and people who use phrases like “year of our lord Beyoncé,” blecch), but no way am I believing that Shania Trumpy Twain was innocently, quietly eating her non-spiritual meatloaf and Oprah wouldn’t stop haranguing her about accepting Jesus Christ as her personal saviour.

  35. Shirley says:

    I am not sure if any of you are knowledgeable about Shania Twain’s childhood.
    She had a very difficult life and lost both parent’s at a young age.
    She then went on to raise her younger sibling’s.
    Maybe everyone should just respect each other’s right to believe what they need to believe to get them through difficult times.
    There is a beautiful documentary about her on Netflix.
    Oprah isn’t the only one that had a difficult childhood.