TMZ

Our TV Shows

Got a Tip?

Call TMZ at (888) 847-9869 or Click Here

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.

0809_oprah_winfrey_through_footer

771 COMMENTS

No Avatar
511.

Richard    

Oprah is a racist race baiting race hustler that like the house N in django unchained will do her part to keep the other black folk in place by pushing a false narrative, well that and to promote her own self-serving agenda.

435 days ago
512.

Geeg    

I swore that I would never visit this site again, but taken here when I clicked an AOL article about Gia A suicide. What am I slapped in the face with? A PATHETIC Oprah Winfrey ATTEMPTED smackdown.

She was TREATED RUDELY. SHE HAD A RIGHT TO SPEAK ON IT. AND HAD NO REASON TO APOLOGIZE TO ANYONE.

Maybe she should have expected massive flap and she's sorry (or not sorry) about that. SO WHAT!!

More than being nothing to apologize for ACTUALLY, the flap is fabulous. Now clerks EVERYWHERE understand that they may just not know who they're talking to when they treat customers dismissively. THAT'S A GOOD THING.

435 days ago
513.

Victoria    

Maybe Oprah simply spoke without thinking and really didn't expect the media to make a big deal out of the incident. After all, there are plenty of wars, natural disasters and crimes happening in the world for the media to focus on.

435 days ago
514.

Fred Garvin    

Oprah do a story on how Blacks are in double digit abortion, 3 times higher than any other group or how Obama supports Abortion in poor Black Nations?

435 days ago
515.

Scott Dunton     

Shouldn't those disrespectful Swiss at least offer a free purse, even if nothing racist even happened?

435 days ago
516.

Tinamaedno1    

Oprah does not have to create publicity for her movie. It is going to do well anyway. Tmz is using the Oprah story to get publicity for their show. She is not apologizing for what she said happened but just that it caused an international stir. Oprah just as any minority who has been disrespected only wanted the clerk to realize she should not treat anyone that way. Until you have been treated as less than you are you cannot understand how it feels. Charles I am sure had experienced that and should not be so quick to jump on Oprah. She is just trying to be a fair and decent person. She does not want to condem everyone for the stupidity of one person. Tmz should focus on reporting the truth and not going for ratings at the expense of decent people. You should follow Oprah's example instead of creating stupid stories.

435 days ago
517.

Butterfly    

So, she's crying racism over not being able to see a purse that costs more than I earn in an entire year?? Wow, wish I had those problems!! I don't feel bad for her at all

435 days ago
518.

Eliot    

The Switzerland story was a lie; Oprah did this before in 2005. Hermes in Paris was the accused then, and Oprah was hawking her racism movie "Crash." http://patdollard.com/2013/08/flashback-2005-oprah-claims-racism-after-closed-paris-store-refuses-to-serve-her-store-says-shes-a-liar/

435 days ago
519.

Lynn    

I believe Oprah 100%. What reason would this billionaire have to lie. The shop owner and clerk however have many reasons to I just don't know why tmz and so many others are so envious

435 days ago
520.

agentxyz    

That poor clerk. Oprah goes out of her way to cost the woman her job and ruin her life. In her non-apology she reiterates her accusation of racism. She also tried to hurt the business of a whole chain of stores and paint the country of Switzerland as racist over an ambiguous and probably unintentional slight. All the while she clearly loves the chance brag about how she has a black American Express card and can afford to plunk down $38,000 for a stupid purse. She plays it off like she's just providing a teaching moment to enlighten us all on racism. Are we supposed to feel sorry for how she's oppressed? What a jerk.

435 days ago
521.

agentxyz    

That poor clerk. Oprah goes out of her way to cost the woman her job and ruin her life. In her non-apology she reiterates her accusation of racism. She also tried to hurt the business of a whole chain of stores and paint the country of Switzerland as racist over an ambiguous and probably unintentional slight. All the while she clearly loves the chance brag about how she has a black American Express card and can afford to plunk down $38,000 for a stupid purse. She plays it off like she's just providing a teaching moment to enlighten us all on racism. Are we supposed to feel sorry for how she's oppressed? What a jerk.

435 days ago
522.

oink    

Oprah is a Bully, she has caused that poor shop worker & harm, harassment. ecttt,

what if that shop clerk commited suicide?

Oprah should be in deep ****. screaming Racism over not getting to hold a purse ?
Everyone should stop kissing O's ass..
that store has had bad publicity for NO reason. because a BIG HEADED OPRAH,, i'd sue her for her Billions.

435 days ago
523.

John...    

Oprah has obviously become more full of her pretentious self than her delusional fans. It's way past time to put the irrelevancy brand on her big fat ass.

435 days ago
524.

Ray    

Oh nooooo! They didn't recignize her and she was treated rudely like any American tourist. The horror!

435 days ago
525.

susannah    

I think a big point is being missed here.. How could anyone with a soul want to spend nearly 40 THOUSAND dollars on a handbag when that kind of money could educate a poor black child from the ghetto? Or why not put that money toward helping young black males coming out of the prison system so they don't go back? That would be more constructive than whining about a shopgirl not thinking you could afford a 40g handbag. What kind of moron would spend that much on a handbag anyway?

435 days ago
Previous 15 Comments | 31 | 32 | 33 | 34 | 35 | 36 | 37 | Most Recent | Next 15 Comments

Around The Web