Harpo this

June 23, 2005 at 6:00 am (Random)

(CNN) — Luxury store Hermes on Wednesday apologized to Oprah Winfrey for turning her away last week, saying that its Paris store was closed to set up for a public relations event when the talk show host stopped by.

“Hermes apologizes for any offense taken due to such circumstances.”

The store said the incident occurred on June 14 around 6:45 p.m., about 15 minutes after the store closed. It said Winfrey and her team arrived at a time when “a private PR event was being set up inside.”

Let me repeat that last part for dramatic effect: the incident occurred on June 14 around 6:45 p.m., about 15 minutes after the store closed.

So the store is closed, they won’t open the doors for you, and you are offended? Why, just because you are famous you should be able to shop whenever you want? You should have a goddam key, goddam it, you’re Oprah. Oh, and also, you’re black:

Harpo Productions spokeswoman Michelle McIntyre said Winfrey “will discuss her ‘crash moment’ when her show returns from hiatus in September.”

“Crash” is a film dealing with race relations. The phrase “crash moment” refers to situations where a party feels discriminated against on the basis of skin color.

I don’t know what’s more pathetic: 1) Oprah turning what appears to be an attempted B&E into racism, 2) the store apologizing for it, 3) CNN reporting it as a top headline, or 4) the fact that I’ve spent 10 minutes posting about it. Sometimes I don’t even know why I bother checking CNN anymore, it’s really for comedic value more than, you know, actual news.



  1. larry said,

    I saw this and was going to let her slide until she claimed racism. It’s instances like this that make people skeptical of racism claims.

  2. Underused said,

    I thought once you became a billionaire you automatically turned white. No?

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