At the Los Angeles premiere of “The Butler” Monday night, Oprah Winfrey offered a half-hearted apology for mentioning she was the victim of racism from an upscale Zurich, Switzerland shop employee, concluding, “I’m really sorry that it got blown up.”
Winfrey claimed that the sales associate, who didn’t recognize the star, wouldn’t let her see a $40,000 handbag and directed her toward some less expensive items, according to The Washington Times.
Although both the shop owner and sales associate have since apologized, they also deny the incident ever took place and refer to it as a “misunderstanding.”
Winfrey apparently agrees.
“I think that incident in Switzerland was just an incident in Switzerland. I’m really sorry that it got blown up. I purposefully did not mention the name of the store. I’m sorry that I said it was Switzerland.”
If she agrees it was all a misunderstanding, one has to ask, why did she mention it in the first place? TMZ observed:
Problem is … O’s full of it. What did she think was going to happen when she went on national TV and cried racism? The media was just going to ignore that??
Oprah once ragged on hamburgers and single-handedly CRIPPLED the beef industry. She knew damn well how the media was going to handle the Switzerland situation … which is why she went to the media in the first place. Her mission was to destroy the shop.
TMZ goes on to opine that the “Queen of Daytime’s” snit has nothing to do with racism — either real or feigned — and everything to do with the fact that she was POed because she wasn’t recognized. Considering the fact that she herself has been accused of racism lately, that assessment may not be all that unreasonable.
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