O’s comment came while she was dining with the Somani family in Mumbai during her televised trip to India for “Oprah’s Next Chapter.”
“I heard some Indian people eat with their hands still?” she is seen asking a Mumbai family she joins for dinner.
Winfrey drew strong criticism from Indian citizens, who blasted her insensitivity to Indian customs and traditions.
In an open letter to Oprah that appeared on IBNLive.in.com, journalist Rituparna Chatterjee wrote: ‘As a responsible public figure about to air a show that will be beamed across the world, you should have done your homework.’
The letter goes on: ‘Using our hands to eat is a well-established tradition and a fact none of us are ashamed of. Our economic distinction has nothing to do with it.
‘A millionaire here eats the same way a pauper does. You have been to Asian nations. You should know that.’
I need to see the show.