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

784 COMMENTS

No Avatar
121.

Dennie    

Gosh, did Harvey write this himself? His voice and the way he talks is all over this. In any case, whoever wrote this seems think that they can read Oprah's mind about her intentions. Who at TMZ is the psychic? Please let us all know.

331 days ago
122.

Scary    

Whaaa? Is TMZ finally calling out one of these people? She's totally backpedaling now because there was nothing to really show that it was racism. Snobbery, yes, but what do you expect at the ridiculously priced store?

331 days ago
123.

robocop    

You got it right this time, Harvey. There's enough REAL racism in this country without O running around creating an international incident over nothing. Shame on Oprah!!

331 days ago
124.

janet    

Pure bullshyt. Then why did she go to the tabloids and make a big stink out of nothing. She was pissed because she wasnt recognized.

331 days ago
125.

kiwi    

If I walk into a store and ask to see something, I expect to be shown the item whether I am black, white or every shade between. Not told I can't afford it. This is on the clerk. What is the real reason she wouldn"t show the item. It was more than just lazy. Switzerland has a well known bit of a racism, and O was one example. She was right to speak out on it. If she can't, then who is going to do it. Like her or hate her, this was not about her ego but about racism.

331 days ago
126.

Chgome    

She should be ashamed of herself, although narcissist don't feel shame. It was all a marketing idea for The Butler. Everyone should boycott that movie. If she was a sincere person she and the racism really happened she would of handled it privately. Here is hoping people stop thinking she is special she is not. Shame on you Oprah, what goes around comes around you evil selfish thing.

331 days ago
127.

Dballz    

I bet if you farted and she just happened to smell it, you would b a racist for intentionally breaking wind in her general direction. Geez. Silly Oprah. You need slizzapped in yo back fat.

331 days ago
128.

Chgome    

Oprah is now creating race issue for her own financial gain. God will get you.

331 days ago
129.

BH90210    

Oprah is a professional victim.

I never believed her claim, because Oprah loves to get her free PR.

I feel no sorrow for this multi-billionaire who has made her fortune off middle American housewives with the latest bizarre diet claim, wacky spiritual movement, etc.

331 days ago
130.

Notsurprised    

Whoa! This is a harsh article. First, I believe it has more to do with snootiness, than race, however, it is also true that communication between two people is often fraught with error and personal projections at the best of times. Sometimes we may feel intimidated in some stores and salons even if we could buy them out tomorrow and then we see actions as hostile. Also, there is real racism in the world - among all cultures and colours - and if one is an American black person, it is reasonable to think that they might be sensitive to possible incidents. That is one reason that in our communications we must try to come from our hearts as much as possible. Now, Oprah probably was promoting her movie and didn't think this issue would take off like this. And, she very well may have felt it was racism and it wasn't, or perhaps it was, but neither she nor we can know what is in the heart of others unless they are blatant. This article is unfair to Oprah. Peace.

331 days ago
131.

NoMoreRealityTvStars    

Is Oprah still black?

331 days ago
132.

almaluna    

i just can't believe she kept her mouth shut long enough, to hear an 'alleged slur'.she's always inturrupting ppl. lol!>> now she's chasing an Oscar. retire already. just sayin.. ^_^

331 days ago
133.

MikeClovis    

She is trying her best to remain relevant. Unfortunately for her America is over her.

331 days ago
134.

NoMoreRealityTvStars    

I'm black. Oprah has tried her hardest to move away from being black, but the minute that she is done wrong she wants to play the black or racism card. You can't have it both ways. Not too many blacks still support her.

331 days ago
135.

FreeWhiteAnd21    

I challenge white people, brown people, and black people to walk into Tiffany's and ask to try on a $100,000 diamond encrusted Rolex and see if the salesperson complies with your request!

331 days ago
Previous 15 Comments | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | Most Recent | Next 15 Comments

Around The Web