Satanic Panic On The Oprah Winfrey Show

In the spirit of the recent surveying of the Satanic Panic craze of the 1970s through early ’90s, enjoy this classic clip from the halcyon era when the topic of Satanic ritual murder stoked hysteria on daytime television:

  • jasonpaulhayes

    I’m having a bit a Satanic Panic myself… 3 out of 4 ads here are for ChristianMingle. They don’t want to invite a provocateur like me to a place like that. If these ads don’t cease… well, I suppose I’m going to have to pick up the Red Phone and speak with Mr Wolf.

  • Thurlow Weed

    Oprah is Satan.

    • Andrew

      Don’t make me start liking her.

  • Elaine Meatgrinder

    Where’s Lindsay Lohan when you need her?

    • ÿ

      Oh come on, who could possibly need Lindsay Lohan now or ever???

  • New Monkey

    Someone needs to call the eyebrow cops….

    • Mr Grim

      Sez the monkey with the horizontally-challenged eyeballs… 😉

  • Mr Grim

    “Was this person impaled against his or her will?” Ooh, as always Oprah brings the insightful questions.

    • ÿ

      How do they know that? Because they’re watching or they just sort of feel it? It’s a legitimate question.

      • Mr Grim

        In Crazy Town maybe, but not where I live.

        And certainly not in the context of what was actually said prior. It came across as just another ridiculous and desperate attempt to pump up the faux controversy, much like the rest of the clip.

        • ÿ

          I never really watched Ophelia back in the day…

          I just found it interesting how early her signature brand of “yellow journalism” or whatever was already in play so early on.

          Many years on from this clip, she had Common (the rapper) on the show as part of a panel, and her treatment of him was not all that terribly different…

          • Mr Grim

            Yeah, I don’t think I’ve ever watched an entire actual episode myself. (I suspect neither of us is really the target demographic.) 😉

            But yes, from what you’ve noted, re: Common, it seems the more things change…

          • ÿ

            I assure you, I never watched a full episode by choice. My living space is tiny and the other occupant is used to be an even more serious TV junkie than myself. After a while, just like hearing a song on the radio ad nauseam, it starts to creeep in…

            My victory was never actively tuning in. If it wasn’t already on the teevee, I paid it no mind… I just keep working my 12 steps…

    • Matt Staggs