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Passive Aggressive Oprah

Gives BS Apology for

Switzerland Racist Flap

8/13/2013 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0813_oprah_tmzOprah Winfrey says she's kinda sorta "sorry" for the fallout that ensued after she told the media about a "racist" encounter at a purse store in Switzerland ... saying, "I'm really sorry that it got blown up."

Yeah, right.

Oprah addressed the media at the premiere of "The Butler" in L.A. last night -- backpedaling after the shop in question started to refute O's allegations of racism during an incident last month.

The shop owner says the whole thing was a "misunderstanding" and had "nothing to do with racism."

Last night, Oprah said ... "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."

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.

There are some people who are saying Oprah's Swiss encounter wasn't really about race -- Oprah was just mad she wasn't treated like Her Royal O-ness because the shop employee didn't recognize her ... but now, after the employee told the media she's being unfairly attacked, O's feeling a little guilty.

But pretending not to know about the impact of her race allegations?? That's like Obama pretending not to know what's gonna happen if he pushes that big red button in the White House.

C'mon O ... you're smarter than that. And so are we.

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136.

CelebJustice    

Pick up your race card and move the **** on. Look how many idiots bought into her claims of racism. Crying wolf only casts shadows on real cases of discrimination.

251 days ago
137.

Faunmax    

I'm so sick of hearing about race. Whether it's white or black or brown or purple why can't people just get along. I think some celebrities like to stir the pot. I wish Oprah would just do her own thing and leave it at that. I personally think some use it to grab headlines. Well she did and it backfired on her. Why in the world would we feel sorry for someone with so much fame and money. She wasn't complaining about an earth ****tering issue, it was about a purse. She could buy the whole darn store. So no sympathy for Oprah here.

251 days ago
138.

ALH    

She is just like all the others.....race baiter

251 days ago
139.

Marie    

If you have to ask a clerk several times to see an item the clerk should get called out.

251 days ago
140.

Mary G    

Oprah has established and confirmed her credibility throughout the years. Perception is individual, she has a right to feel it was rude and partial treatment. She was also big enough to apologize. Let's move on.

251 days ago
141.

Pongo    

If it never happened and O never said the name of the store or the clerk, how does anyone know who this clerk is? How was the clerk able to recognize it was her in the story? Maybe O got the underlying cause for the bad service wrong, but obviously an incident occurred that was significant enough to stick in the memories of both women. You are suggesting Oprah has an obligation to be silent in the face of shoddy treatment because of her wealth and stature. Is she less entitled to basic courtesy than others because of who she is? Isn't that reverse discrimination?

250 days ago
142.

beebo    

Oprah seems to always comes off like some stupid blowhard over political correctnnes, just the worse thing to ever happen in a free society! ..She should be totally awhare of what she really is.Just a person with way too much money and way too much irresponcible and unconscience influence..

250 days ago
143.

Betsy    

When did anyone in that store say anything about race or skin color? I think between Oprah, Al Sharpton, Barry Obama and whoever else is stirring up the racism crap again, they are doing exactly what they have set out to do. Trayvon Martin's death was 15 minutes ago. Oprah's looking for fresh meat for self promotion.

250 days ago
144.

TonyT    

FU TMZ

250 days ago
145.

PIER    

adesso e di moda la parola razzismo ma sinceramente parlando chi ammazza cristiani in africa sono tutti di colore
RIMANI IN AMERICA KING KONG

250 days ago
146.

TKG    

2 sides to every story, here is a considerate and thoughtful report from the other side of the fence. http://www.laineygossip.com/Intro-for-August-13--2013/27731

250 days ago
147.

lboog    

sure she got threatened with a lawsuit...defaming switzerland possibly?

250 days ago
148.

EllieS    

She has a movie coming out. What better way to get instant publicity. Not the first time she's screamed racism. Remember back in France when the store was CLOSED but she wanted in anyway???

250 days ago
149.

The tgh    

Typical Oprah! Cry racism when someone does not treat her like the Queen she thinks she is.

250 days ago
150.

sarah    

Yes, her apology is BS because she's not sorry since if you read even the clerk's account of what happened, it was TOTALLY RACIST. The woman didn't want to show her a bag, showed her cheaper bags, all with the implication that she assumed Oprah couldn't afford the one she ASKED to see.

TMZ, I know you can be dickish at times, but seriously, take this down. This is really offensive and right up there with the racist rhetoric that Daily Caller and breitbart are spewing. It's one thing to be snarky, it's another to be bigotted. I thought better of you than that.

250 days ago
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