I was pretty surprised when I heard that Michael Vick had agreed to appear on Oprah, considering she’s well known for covering animal welfare & advocacy themes. I never imagined he’d show his face in front of millions of viewers and openly discuss his crimes (the only other interview he’s granted since he was released was a short 60 Minutes piece for which his lawyer was present.)
Given these facts, I suppose it shouldn’t surprise me that he’s since backed out of the Oprah deal.
The New York Post has reported that Vick bailed on the interview because owners of his former dogs were in conversations with Harpo (Oprah’s production company) to confront him on the show. Despite Vick’s claims that he’s learned the error of his ways, the truth was revealed when Richard Hunter (a Dallas radio announcer who adopted one of Vick’s former dogs) attempted to confront him at a recent event. Vick’s bodyguards told Hunter, “We don’t care about the dog”, and Vick himself simply turned and walked away when he was shown a photo. Anyone with feelings of remorse, or even empathy, wouldn’t have presented himself so callously.
Backing out of the Oprah appearance was a brilliant display of cowardice on Michael’s part. Wayne Pacelle, are you listening? If Vick were truly rehabilitated, why would he shy away from coming face to face with his former dogs and their new owners? You’d think he’d want to thank those who have worked so hard to help these poor dogs, who sustained the worst of abuse and torture. But no. Instead, he chooses to run away, back to his entourage and his millions. Stay classy, MV…