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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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76.

moveover    

Yeah ... let's all stop what we're doing and put our lives on hold while we all feel sorry for poor Oprah because she was insulted by a store clerk while she was shopping for a $38,000 pocketbook! Sheeeesh! Go away, Oprah!

253 days ago
77.

jack    

THE RIECHT WING CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HAS TO DESTROY A BLACK WOMEN WHO HAS POWER AND COMPASSION FOR MINORITIES, CAN'T HAVE THAT CAN THEY. CAUSE THE ALL WHITE CHAMBER AND WLALL STREET MAFIA WANTS TO MAKE SURE ONLLY WHITE MALES HAVE CONTROL OF OUR GOVT. CAUSE THEY KNOW IF A MINORITY OR WOMEN GET ANY POWER, THEY MIGHT HAVE COMPASSION FOR THE PUBLIC AND POOR, SINCE THEY'VE BEEN DISCRIMINATED AGAINST. CAN'T HAVE THAT, SO THEY DESTROY WITH THEIR SICK LIES ANYBODY THAT IS A THREAT TO THEIR CONTROL OF OUR 17TRILLIONS TAX BASE THAT THEY'RE REDISTRIBUTING TO THEMSELVES. ENDING PUBLIC ED, SO THE RICH CAN GET A 6,000 YR WELFARE FOR PRIVATE SCHOOLS THAT A RETHUG JUSTED PASSED A LAW THAT PRIVATE SCHOOLS DON'T HAVE TO PUBLISH THE RESULTS OF THEIR PROGRESS. SO THE PUBLIC WON'T KNOW WHAT THEY'RE DOING, WALMART JUST SPENT MILLIONS TO GET AN ANTI PUBLIC ED. RETHUG ELECTED IN CA. THEY PLAN GETTING THOSE MLLIONS OF TAX DOLLARS THAT USED TO GO TO PUBLIC ED. , THAT'S THEIR GIFT FOR LARGE RETHUG DONATIONS.

253 days ago
78.

budweediii    

Oprah is just a big turd. I'd trade some racial profiling of myself for all your money Oprah. ANYDAY.

253 days ago
79.

Sue    

What else is it when someone looks at you and sums up your ability to pay for something with no other information to go on? It has to be something showing on the outside. She is likely to have been impeccably dressed, so it couldn't be that. She likely had other people with her that might not have dressed like her. Hmmm. Must be that. Wake up. What's left to drive the salesperson to the conclusion that she came up with?

253 days ago
80.

barb    

Remember the tale of the Boy who cried "Wolf"? I think that we're there with the race card. Time to tune out all BS claims of racism...this tactic has become in and of itself a tool to divide and conquer people to further personal agendas.

253 days ago
81.

lookItsMegRyan    

I agree with TMZ on t his one and I think they completely nailed it. She was upset at not being recognized. How utterly irresponsible of her to react the way she did.

253 days ago
82.

Vince    

She must really believe she is important and most people care about her.....someone should take her aside and tell her that except for a few people no one really gives a damn about her, they are more concerned with surviving that this over weigh over baring and over opinionated wind bag.

253 days ago
83.

Lucy    

I've always been a huge Oprah fan, but lately I can't hardly stand the sight of her. She's become so strange. I agree with everything TMZ said about her in this article--Oprah knew exactly what she was doing, and she knew how big this story would get. She made a fool out of herself--she now looks desperate to be relevant.

253 days ago
84.

isthisajoke    

What exactly does Oprah need to apologize for? This sales woman obviously made a judgment that Oprah was not worthy of being shown this expensive purse. She probably didn't because she made the judgment that a black woman couldn't afford it. Salesperson sounds like an idiot because how does she expect to make commission on an item if she refuses to show it to interested buyers.

253 days ago
85.

palermo    

Two possibilities as I see it:
a) she was mad that the woman didn't kiss her famous ass
b) the whole thing was staged ala Kris Kardashian style cause her movie is coming out

253 days ago
86.

Rude Jude    

Ya like the big "O" has never treated anybody like they have less money then her.... What a weak excuse from a lame personality

253 days ago
87.

lgwelsh1    

She played the "Black Card" alright and it wasn't her American Express. She played it perfect, look at all the press she has gotten.

253 days ago
88.

Real n the field    

okay who is writing the articles at TMZ
write the facts of a story, and not your opinion.
leave that to the comment section.
And using curse words like "damn" in an article is down right classless....oh well, what am i to expect from TMZ..pure classless.

253 days ago
89.

jay26mc    

Totally agree TMZ.

253 days ago
90.

me    

Whoever wrote this "article" should just smack themselves in the face right now. You've obviously never been on the receiving end of this kind of bs. Better yet, quit your job at TMZ and join the Big Brother cast where you'll fit in perfectly. S***bag.

253 days ago
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