You’ve probably heard about the “racial incident” Oprah Winfrey had to endure in Switzerland (key words in bold):

The owner of the upscale Swiss boutique where Oprah Winfrey claimed she was barred from buying a $38,000 by a ‘racist’ sales assistant today demanded to speak to the star she branded ‘over-sensitive’ and insisted her employee did ‘everything right’.

The rather fearsome-looking Trudi Goetz said she wanted to speak with the talk show billionairess ‘as soon as possible’ and also revealed her petrified member of staff will not be sacked or punished.

She said: ‘I don’t know why she talked of racism. I am sorry, but perhaps she is being a little over-sensitive here. Maybe she was somewhat offended because she was not immediately recognized in the store.’
The firestorm blew up after Oprah – who is promoting a film – gave an interview with Entertainment Tonight, in which she recalled a clerk at an upscale Zurich boutique refusing to show her a handbag.

Winfrey said she was told she could not afford the $38,000 tom Ford Jennifer tote and said it proved that ‘racism is still an issue’.

By total coincidence, something similar happened eight years ago, and Oprah used the alleged incident to pitch her pal Don Cheadle’s movie “Crash.” Flashback to 2005:

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 regrets not having been able to accommodate Ms. Winfrey and her team and to provide her with the service and care that Hermes strives to provide to each and every one of its customers worldwide,” the store said in a statement.

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

Maybe Oprah’s “problems” at high end boutiques have nothing to do with racism, but happen because clerks see her coming they know there’s a chance they might be used as pawns in her “promotion-by-racism-allegations” game and they don’t want anything to do with helping her.


37 Responses to “Hmm, Oprah Sure Seems to Enjoy Using ‘Racial Incidents’ at High End Stores to Promote Movies”

  1. SignPainterGuy on August 17th, 2013 2:17 pm

    Your summation is on the money, Doug. Clerks see her coming and wish they hadn`t just got back from a restroom break, or wonder why suddenly, they are the only employee now standing in sight. "Where`d everybody go ?"

    Yep, I see a trend of faux victimhoodie hapnin` here !

  2. OldmanRick on August 17th, 2013 6:09 pm

    It appears, if the scuttlebutt be true, that Oprah is distraught to discover the world continues on its merry way without her alleged pearls of wisdom and interference. It broke her heart to finally realize she is not the center of the universe. Now, she – by means of her outrageous behavior – is not only attempting to regain her perceived place as the center about which all things rotate, but also to sell a left leaning movie. She wants to be center stage again whereas now she is nothing more than a rich woman with an attitude.

    If the rumor mill is correct, she is also a witch to both work for and with.

  3. Marshall_Will on August 17th, 2013 6:13 pm

    In spite of the incessant and dutiful promotion via alphabet networks, her little flick will tank. Miserably. And I don't scores of convert critics doing any kind of Exile On Main Street retroactive 180 down the road either.

    Anyone notice that every "groundbreaking new series" due out this Fall shows a besieged WH under all and various forms of ATTACK? It's not bad enough we've been forced to endure "Olympus Has Fallen" spots [shoe horned in between] cr@ppy shows? Now the entire SHOW will be a cr@ppy, quickly schlocked together propaganda spot!

  4. Marshall_Will on August 17th, 2013 6:19 pm

    Obviously been out of the loop but did anyone catch a normally 'conservative' Tom Selleck throw ( what certainly SEEMED to be! ) a thinly veiled "Glenn Beck" look-alike under the bus on "Blue Bloods"?

    Tom plays Bloomie's right hand man and evidently the conservative talker attempts a cheap ploy of buying him a bottle of Scotch to get extra ( and much needed gov. is the answer to everything! ) "protection" while doing a broadcast from the Big Apple.

    As our heroic C.O.P sets the moral "high ground" by citing more gov. reg's about accepting bribes, our ConsTalker launches into a tirade about our Black Prez and "half-breads taking over the country". I'll see if I can YT the clip. It doesn't GET any more insulting than THAT.

  5. SignPainterGuy on August 17th, 2013 6:27 pm

    But, but, she was always so nice, buying and giving stuff away on her shows ; I heard ! ?

  6. SignPainterGuy on August 17th, 2013 6:36 pm

    We must`a got different "Blue Bloods" episodes last night. Mine was a repeat about the murder of a Rabbi out back of the school (pronounced shule) and the previous mayor`s daughter is busted for smoking pot in a park and goes all "Wait til you find out who I am" on Selleck`s patrol cop younger son. The ex-mayor tries to get Selleck to pull strings, then he meets with the ADA daughter and is told, she got in trouble and Selleck let her work her way out of it. When the smart aleck daughter makes it to court, her Dad let`s her suffer the consequences, apparently for the first time in her life.

  7. SignPainterGuy on August 17th, 2013 6:43 pm

    Beck reviewed the movie yesterday and he and Pat said that even though they would love to see the movie, it`s probably a good one (as would I), they WILL NOT watch it.

    There`s nothing I watch on ABC or NBC, but "Elementary", "NCIS" and "Blue Bloods" on CBS. I`ve pretty well tuned out most of the commercials and previews of up-coming new series; they really DO look to be as stupid as I can imagine.

  8. Marshall_Will on August 17th, 2013 6:45 pm


    Spot on. Aging rockers can always just put out another ( nearly identical ) "Best Of" album, get 'busted' at the airport w/ "the stuff" and bring nurses w/ them to promote, their "final tour". O doesn't even have THAT.

  9. Marshall_Will on August 17th, 2013 6:48 pm

    It's what makes the entire show so archaic. The whole 'virtue' thing? This is the same "world class" city w/ a diehard Prog mayor bending the rules so his rent-an-army is packing heat and everyone else has to hope their night turns out like another "Seinfeld episode" right?

  10. Marshall_Will on August 17th, 2013 6:52 pm

    Notice Jimmy Kimmel's FACE on that clip! He's horrified… Jump the 'shark'? Crazy Lady just jumped the whole PACIFIC.

    Jimmy's expression is basically utter disbelief he's seeing someone throw what remains of their career down the bidet` like that! For anyone w/ OW's resources, it's the rough equiv. of meeting Bill Gates and having him say "Pull my finger!"

  11. SignPainterGuy on August 17th, 2013 7:26 pm

    Fine for me, but not for thee as usual.

    I try to watch the show as a Selleck fan, but it`s more about everyone else. They DO end the show with something to think about; morals or the like.

  12. writedoug on August 17th, 2013 7:49 pm

    You'd think if there was evidence the clerk actually turned her away the clerk would be fired. Not many shop owners would put up with a clerk who might have let $35,000 walk out the door because of "racism."

  13. writedoug on August 17th, 2013 8:03 pm

    Totally off topic, just saw the movie about Steve Jobs. Better than some of the reviews I've read. The focus was fairly narrow but they had to cover 1974 to 2001 in less than two hours, and it totally focused on Apple and not the decade-plus when Jobs not at Apple from the mid 80s to the mid 90s.

  14. SignPainterGuy on August 17th, 2013 8:06 pm

    Certainly none I know of ! They`d be out on their ear !

    No, this is just more made up story that fits into the trend O has established over the years.

  15. Marshall_Will on August 17th, 2013 8:42 pm

    Like most, I'd already seen "Pirates of Silicon Valley", and of course MM's wonderful tribute pieces on his triumphs of innovation and free markets. True genius like SJ wouldn't have much USE for the crony version of Monopoly now being played…

    "Team Obama finds another industry to victim/sodomize!

    In a stunning announcement, Jay Carney brazenly confessed the Obama Administration is now openly targeting one of the few remaining bastions of independents. Mattress "warehouse" type sales organizations. By appointing a new "Sleep Czar", flurries of new "minimum standards" regulations and an entirely new Agency of Rest and Recuperation, it's anticipated the majority of operators will be out of business by year's end!"

  16. Marshall_Will on August 17th, 2013 8:46 pm

    That's why I was so disappointed! It seemed there was finally a show built around family values and.., network execs caught WIND of it..!

    BM -alone- is worth watching. Can you say.., statuesque?

  17. Marshall_Will on August 17th, 2013 8:52 pm

    Won't miss a single episode of Elementary! Like "Lost", execs are again WRONG and American audiences can and DO reward intelligent writing! Without knowing the first thing about Liu's politics, like MM, she's done more to break stereotypes for Asian women!

    Her character, observations and relationship w/ Holmes is anything but cliché, Although I doubt anyone could spot a fake painting from across the room! But I think that was more calculated intuition/deduction vs. technical analysis? Great series.

  18. SignPainterGuy on August 17th, 2013 9:09 pm

    Agreed ! Where Sherlock`s intelligence goes over the edge, they do make an attempt to explain how he could know so much / deduce the solution. I like the way he starts his day by watching 6 or 8 tvs at once.

    Lucy`s character is always interesting; one minute trying to find her replacement and the next learning to cypher clues at a crime scene. Quite a smart chick and quite a jump from B-movie kung fu junque and Hercules series with Kevin Sorbo ! She isn`t being cheapened now !

  19. SignPainterGuy on August 17th, 2013 9:14 pm

    She is a lovely long drink o water ! ;-)

  20. Marshall_Will on August 17th, 2013 9:21 pm

    Pure speculation on my part but I believe the reason Watson's character is resonating w/ the broader AmPub is that, in order to simply *survive* in [what's LEFT] of the leaner/MEANER workplace.., you HAVE to make snap judgments!

    If you suspect your div. or shift etc. is "in the crosshairs" you won't be afforded the luxury of a month of Sundays to mull it over? And it's not just in the work place. Vice the ( long gone ) heady daze of the Tech/Housing 'boom', Lexus or Mercedes! Decisions… decisions…, there's now little room for error.

    Arrive at the inevitable -quickly- or find yourself a statistic! Or in the O'Drama Administration's telling, a Labor Dept. NON-statistic.

  21. SignPainterGuy on August 17th, 2013 10:16 pm

    Instantaneous accuracy; it`s what`s for breakfast !

  22. SignPainterGuy on August 17th, 2013 10:25 pm

    Oh boy, more meddling, inventing a faux need and the Reverse Midas Touch !

  23. Marshall_Will on August 17th, 2013 11:50 pm

    A couple of my Guard buddies and I were kicking around sectors and industries RIPE for Venture Soshallism and we noticed all the tv ads for Mattress World/Emporium/Outlet etc.

    Most of which are family-owned or regional/local franchises. Given selective enforcement, prosecution and good ol' fashioned *hook-ups* that are stock-in-trade w/ this O'stration, we openly wondered how long it might be before they work an angle, numbering their wake up fresh and rejuvenated mornings?

    OTOH, the whole drive home all I heard were radio spots for dealing w/ delinquent college LOANS. Seriously, one after the other, EVERY break. Pasadena Phil has been on the Student Loan Bubble soapbox for as long as I can remember. There's another thing he was RIGHT about…

  24. Marshall_Will on August 18th, 2013 12:00 am

    Equally OT ( but interesting ) I recently saw "Helter Skelter, Six Degrees of Separation". One of the best documentaries on the Manson Family I've ever seen! And all from a guy that gives "Tours of the Hollywood Homes!"

    Very detailed. What caught my attention, for all her financial legacy, Abigail Folger ( yes, THAT Folger's! ) actually had -less- a net worth than Rosemary LaBianca! AF's NW was estimated at $530,000 at TOD. Yet while RL never held a position over waitress, she was a shrewd stock investor and apparently did very well for herself.

    Fast forward to 2008. What CHANCE would a d@mned waiter have in Obama's world? Assuming she wasn't let go from their employer ( due to O'Scare ), she'd be subjected to endless gov. sponsored "programs" telling her it wasn't her fault she was poor and it was people like Folger ( read Evil Old Money ) that were keeping her DOWN? By the time RL reached upper middle class, she'd be raked over the AMT coals and/or regretting she didn't have 9 kids?

  25. Truesoldier__ on August 18th, 2013 10:10 am

    Believe it or not, the film Oprah was promoting is the Butler and it appears to be #1 in the box office this weekend. Then again it didn't look like it had much competition and only had a $23million weekend so far.

  26. Truesoldier__ on August 18th, 2013 4:27 pm

    No kidding. It seems it would be easier nowadays to count how many people are not delinquent on their student loans than how many are. The sad thing is, so many of them have gone into course studies that are either totally leftist BS with no real job at the end of the tunnel or they get extra money to pay for their living expenses so they wont have to work while going to school.

    Their professors tell preach to them about the evil of money, while continually getting higher and higher pay raises to pay for their lavish lifestyles (yes the same lifestyles the rail against) and then tell the students to demand more money from the taxpayers (so as to continue to pay the ever increasing raises). Half the professors are getting paid for nothing more than the use of their name as they have the aid teach their classes for them.

    To top it off, a lot of what they teach in college is nothing more than indoctrination into the liberal world think and has nothing to do with the chosen career field.

    It has gotten so bad that many employers are looking for people to train that they can pay a more reasonable wage to instead of paying a higher wage to a college graduate that they will still have to train.

  27. Marshall_Will on August 18th, 2013 6:02 pm

    Cruising thru the breakroom someone left the big screen on and Fox News was running a "Not So Fun Fact" that the main brokerage houses on Wall Street were complaining their recent college-grad job hires couldn't even pass the [entry level] Securities Exams..!

    Can you even BELIEVE that!? We're not even talking advanced stuff like Certified Financial Analyst here! It's basic stuff like calculating the Taxable Equiv. Yield etc. Wouldn't you think they'd be able to comprehend strike prices on Options and basic bond underwriting?

    And as usual, are the other LSM-outlets even REPORTING on that? Hey, so GOOD to see you my friend! Been so busy on Base, audits and whatnot, haven't had much time to post. Like a lot of us, I came down to fill in (temporarily) like uh, six MONTHS ago. Got a dumpy apt. as I figured I wouldn't have to put up w/ it that long and STILL w/o internet! Sheesh…

  28. jeffythequick on August 19th, 2013 2:28 pm

    I'd prefer that Oprah's use her own method of personal promotion than if she used the Paris Hilton method.

  29. Matt Wilkinson on January 24th, 2014 9:28 pm

    Yeah, not great PR for Oprah here!!!!!!

  30. mike on April 21st, 2014 5:40 am

    I think it is not a good PR for Oprah and for boutique too. Thanks to Oprah my daughter wanted to dress as a punk girl. She was funny because she even found nice punk dresses at

  31. alehandro on June 18th, 2014 1:38 pm

    Oprah is a very influential person she can start her own trend if she wants and everybody would follow her style. One day I went to shop for biker belt buckles and she was there in the same store with me surrounded by lots of fans.

  32. Blogger?annonymus on July 7th, 2014 5:38 pm

    Alehandro is right! Oprah is truly a very influential person in contemporary society , but, in my opinion, this influence could be put to much better use! making people care more about the ones less fortunate and with health issues could be one of these subjects… Like more remedial reading schools, gyms for people with disabilities and stuff like that!

  33. Colleen on August 9th, 2014 6:49 pm

    I don't think orphan is good idea to promote the PR for orphan. I would buy it for my girls. voice over commercials

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