Williamson campaign pushes back on 'Oprah's BFF' title
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White House hopeful Marianne WilliamsonMarianne WilliamsonSusan Sarandon and Marianne Williamson call for justice in Steven Donziger case Marianne Williamson: Refusal to hike minimum wage is part of 'rigged economy' Rush Limbaugh dead at 70 MORE doesn’t want you to call her a “guru” or “Oprah’s BFF.”

Headlines have referred to Williamson as everything from a “self-help guru” to a “wellness guru” to “Oprah’s spiritual adviser” and “friend of Oprah’s."

But in a Tuesday press release, Patricia Ewing, Williamson’s communications director, emailed a list of “standardized facts” about the author ahead of Wednesday night’s debate among 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, clarifying Williamson's job title.

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Along with Williamson’s name, age, birthplace and occupation — “best-selling author and activist” — Ewing wrote, “Not her occupation: Spiritual guru (or any type of guru). Any title that is conferred to a different religious tradition than her own."  

“Also not her occupation: Oprah’s BFF or Oprah’s guru. (Or, any title that rightfully belongs to Gayle KingGayle KingFauci to Chelsea Clinton: The 'phenomenal amount of hostility' I face is 'astounding' Caitlyn Jenner: My family not 'involved whatsoever' in gubernatorial bid 'CBS This Morning' moving to new Times Square studio MORE.)” 

Williamson was a spiritual counselor to Oprah WinfreyOprah Gail WinfreyKate Middleton says she has yet to meet Prince Harry and Meghan's daughter Harry and Meghan deny not discussing new daughter's name with the queen Minorities barred from Buckingham Palace jobs until 1960s: report MORE, appearing regularly on her show, according to Vox. She is also the author of 13 books, four of which are No. 1 New York Times best-sellers.

The 2020 candidate also co-founded Project Angel Food, which delivers meals to “ill and dying homebound patients.” She also co-founded The Peace Alliance, which takes “the work of peacebuilding from the margins of society into the center of national discourse and policy priorities,” according to its website.

The Hill has reached out to the Williamson campaign.