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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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All this could have been avoided if the salesperson would have only deeply bowed and in a deferential tone of voice said, "Your Majesty, I deeply apologize for not recognizing you without your jeweled crown."

And people say that the USA doesn't have any royalty...

399 days ago


The clown did it!! Ban the clown!!

399 days ago

W. L. Kelly    

Oprah has always portrayed herself as being above the Jesse Jackson's and Al Sharpton's of black America, but now we see she's really no different. When anything whatsoever goes wrong for Black's in America today, it's all due to racism. It's the self-serving cry. It's worn out, folks, and doesn't mean a thing any more.

399 days ago


We were on vacation in Key West a few years back and ask a waiter who had lived there for many years if they got a lot of celebs down there.

He said, "We get Oprah down here every year." he pointed to an island resort close by and said, " She brings her whole staff down here every year and buys-out the resort and gives the time off with pay to any blacks who work at the resort and requires thay all staff working at the resort during their stay, be white." Nice stuff O!

399 days ago


This was a way to pedal her movie about racism. She got caught because she never believed someone would stand up to her. She makes me gag! I wasn't gonna see it anyways. She pushed the occupier on us.

399 days ago

Joe E    

Oprah is racist.

399 days ago


Just another affirmative action opportunistic angry black person that got some money, fame and power and goes off deep end.....she's a sick woman

399 days ago


That Oprah, she's such a jokester. -)

399 days ago


Apparently the Big O thinks that everyone in the universe should know her, whether she's over-dressed, or under-dressed. Some of us have never watched her narcissistic displays on television, much less follow her every move - or in this case - her every stumble. A well bred, humble, quietly understanding person would have simply overlooked the sales associate's deficiencies - if there were any. But Big O just couldn't pass up the opportunity to play her card. We might want to remember that many residents of Switzerland are truly multi-lingual (not counting ebonics). Many Swiss have a functional, working knowledge of Italian, German and French. Other than the language of Money and Ego, what languages other than English does O speak. She's tawdry, with a touch of slime. Behavior like O's could potentially cost a hard working sales clerk her job. Very low class.

399 days ago

BROOKLYN 11233    

She's a racist looser.

399 days ago

b de v    

The vast majority of the blacks in Zurich are in the African banking industry and it is well known in town that they have TONS of money (just like Her Highness "O")

I believe the sales gal...OPRAH IS A BIG FAT LIAR.

399 days ago


yellow journalism

399 days ago

norman west    

fatty came in the shop but the clerk did not run over to O and fall on the floor so O could walk on her and THEN O DEMANDED to see the bag and the clerk said just a moment and did not put it in fatties hand within 1 microsecond which caused her Royal Fatty to become enraged, O, you are larger than Switzerland.

399 days ago

norman west    

Fatty came in the shop but the clerk did not fall on her knees immediately and that made Fatty very mad!! Fatty wants the world to know that she can afford $40k for a handbag. Fatty, you need a laundry bag to carry your money and candy in and not a small bag, Fatty, stay home.

399 days ago


She made it up and didn't think she would get called on it.
Another OVERfed rich bitch

399 days ago
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