Discussions about whether Oprah felt dissed by Tom Cruise's pointed failure to invite the daytime doyenne of domesticity to Italy be damned: We have proof of passive aggressive retaliation!
Well, OK. Maybe not. But at the least, an amusing case of coincidence.
Today, you see, "O" -- the Oprah magazine -- landed with a resounding thud on our neighbor's doorstep. So startled were we, that we hastened to examine the impact crater of this sizable periodical. When we saw the cover, a smile crossed our weary, media-creased face.
Smack in the middle of the December "O," a coverline blares, "We've got answers to life's stickiest situations! What to do if someone..."
Flirts with your husband
Never pays you back
Wants you to lie for them
Takes credit for your idea
Gives you a hideous gift
Has the kid from hell
And then, finally, there it was, in all its bitchy glory:
Hears you didn't invite them...
According to Oprah's forest-felling mag, the correct response (on page 298, natch!) when someone learns they weren't invited to a party is to say, " 'I didn't mean to hurt your feelings. I invited a different group of friends.' The end. Long explanations are the worst."