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Black People : Oprah Discriminated Against?!

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    Destee

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    Hello Family,

    I had heard on the news a few times, how Oprah felt she was discriminated against because she's Black, by a store in Paris. Word is, she was going to buy a watch for Tina Turner, but they would not accommodate her!

    Do they not know who Oprah is?!!

    Let me say, this is not a "Bash Oprah Thread" because i love our Sister, but it just goes to show, money aint no nuff ... not all the time anyway.

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    Here's the story:

    Oprah Suggests Paris Boutique Boot Was Racially Motivated

    PARIS -- Oprah Winfrey is suggesting that she was turned away from a ritzy store in Paris because she's black.

    Winfrey showed up at Hermes after-hours, wanting to buy a gift. Employees refused to re-open just for her.

    "Hermes regrets not having been able to welcome Madame Oprah Winfrey and the people accompanying her to give them all the attention and service that Hermes is committed to giving each of its clients in the world," the store said in a statement Tuesday.

    The store added that it was closed for a public relations event and couldn't re-open, and expressed "its sincere regrets for any misunderstanding that these circumstances could have caused."

    But Winfrey sees it as a racial incident. A spokeswoman is calling it a "Crash" moment.

    "Crash" is a movie about racism.

    The spokeswoman said Winfrey will talk about it on her talk show when it returns in the fall.

    http://www.local6.com/entertainment/4645541/detail.html


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    jamesfrmphilly

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    she showed up after they were closed, looking for special treatment.
    i wouldn't have let her butte in either.
     
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    I agree with you James.

    She showed up wanting to be let in after the store was closed. It's very possible they didn't recognised her since in person she doesn't look like she does on the show.
     
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    Well.. i think it can be racially motivated. But.. really now.. if she wanted the store to be open jsut for her she should have called first. Star or no star.. the people who work there ahve lives to get back to as well.. are they supposed to have their children wait up so they can cook dinner.. tuk em in? I think not. :picture: :picture: :picture: So stop the press on this one!
     
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    Brother James, actually that's not unusual treatment for celebrities of Oprah's magnitude... Most of these folks can't shop without being mobbed, and harrassed for autographs, so upscale stores actually extend them that courtesy... Afterall, it's major money these folks spend, so you'd only hurt yourself as a businessperson if you turned an Oprah away...

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    She can contract the services of a personal concierge. Heard those people get you into impossible places even if they are closed. I know a company called Quintessential offers that service. I stopped paying when they increased their fees beyond my capacity. Hope Oprah is not her own personal concierge. :?:
     
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    If a billion dollars show up at my door, I'm letting her in...I don't care if it's 3 o'clock in the morning...:D
     
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    I heard that Oprah showed up minutes before the store was going to close (there were still customers shopping). In addition, the store employees stated part of their reasoning for turning her away was that they've been having problems with "North Africans". Either way, Oprah has learned that all the money in the world doesn't change the fact she is a black woman. That realization coupled with her recent discovery of having Zulu roots, might produce good things. Who knows, she might have 4 black people in her audience now. One of them might even be a black man.
     
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    Have you seen her in person?

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    Destee, don't get me wrong I like Oprah and what she's done with her life, there is a lot to admire.

    I've never been to France and don't know anyone who's French, but I would think there reputation for being snotty has to come from somewhere.

    However she went to this store after it closed and reading the piece it states the store had an event it was getting ready for. I guess that would be easy to check up on and the store would be crazy to insult a woman of her standing by making up stories.

    No, I havent seen her in person. I have seen her on TV when she's done her specials about living as a pioneer in early America and without makeup on she looks entirely different from her show. I can understand that they might not have known who she was.
     
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