Sunday, June 26, 2005


Oprah Winfrey, the richest woman in America was snubbed, YES snubbed! And why? Not because she showed up at the Hermes Paris store 15 minutes after their closing time. No. But because she's black!!! Can you believe it? This day and age and in Paris? Snubbed. Perhaps someone is just getting a little bit too full of themselves.

According to this piece I read in the Yahoo news:

<<"US talk show queen Oprah Winfey is convinced she was turned away from Hermes store in Paris because she is black and plans to tell her millions of viewers about it, a spokeswoman said. "Oprah does have plans to discuss the incident on air when she returns in September, " the spokeswoman told AFP.">>

<<"If it had been Celine Dion or Britney Spears or Barbra Streisand, there is no way they would not be let in that store," a friend of Winfrey's told the Daily News.">>

How this "friend" knows that is a matter of fact, I am not sure. The article continues:

<<"Winfrey, who was recently named the most powerful celebrity in the US by Forbes magazine, has also decided to boycott the store, the spokeswoman confirmed. The luxury goods house issued a public apology Friday after Winfrey called Robert Chavez, president of Hermes in America, to complain.">>

<<"Hermes said in a statement that Winfrey was denied entry on June 14 because she arrived after standard business hours and while a private PR event was being set up inside".>>

Perhaps Ms. Winfrey has taken this celebrity power, so graciously handed her by Forbes Magazine, just a little too seriously.

Let's just say I could afford to shop at Hermes.
Let's also assume I could afford to be in Paris to do so.
Everyone knows how much the folks in France LOVE those of us from the U-S of A. I show up at the store fifteen minutes after they have closed for the day. Doesn't matter what is going on inside, they are absolutely NOT going to come and unlock their door for me.
Is it because I am
(a) white?
(b) American?
(c) Not a celebrity?
(d) Arrived after closing hours?
(e) a, b, c, & d?

Give me a break Oprah. Come back to the real world. Quit fawning over Scientologists and flaunting your wealth on lavish parties which are really PR opportunities of your own. Not getting to buy your buddy Tina Turner an expensive purse at that very moment is not the end of the world. Playing the race card is uncalled for and down right tacky.


At 1:03 PM, Blogger sttropezbutler said...

Wouldn't it be interesting if the entire event was just another publicity hype O for her upcoming season? Who knows these days. Sad times indeed, but hey when we give live airtime to a serial killer talking about his crimes...well...what can one expect? The world has gone mad today, day's night today....etc..

At 7:38 PM, Anonymous red quilt maker said...

While O couldn't get into the store scores more sons, daughters, husbands, wives, loved ones were killed in Iraq. But that is old news. Old, old, old like the writer here is going on a news blackout so my head won't explode.
I gave up O after the first show last season. Life is not, repeat NOT a tv show. Well okay, maybe


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