Culture: Oprah revisited her "Crash" moment but from this write up, she got what she deserved.
|Oprah Winfrey is not a diva. At all. No way. She is so adamant on that point that she brought the head of Hermès USA onto her talk show yesterday to admit it and apologize in front of a national audience.
"I would like to say we're really sorry," Robert Chavez, the chief executive officer of Hermès USA, said contritely. "You did meet up with one very, very rigid staff person."
Ms. Winfrey corrected him. "Rigid or rude?" she asked with icy sweetness. He hastily assented. "Rigid and rude, I am sure."|
First off, someone see if they can find Chavez's spine and other manhood qualities that he left outside the studio. But you feeling sorry for Oprah yet? I'm not and it gets worse.
|The Hermès incident was one of the more florid tabloid stories of the summer: Ms. Winfrey, one of the wealthiest and most famous women in the nation, was turned away from the Hermès flagship store on the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré at closing time. That kind of resounding "non" rang a bell with anyone who has tried to argue with a Parisian salesperson. But many people also interpreted the rebuff as racism, arguing that Ms. Winfrey would have been treated better had she been white. (Simpler souls merely relished the prospect that someone as famous as Ms. Winfrey would be denied anything, ever.)
But Ms. Winfrey seemed most bothered that people assumed she was irate because she had been denied a chance to shop. "Shame on anybody for thinking that I was upset for not being able to get into a clothes store and buy a purse," she said. "Please."
Instead, she explained that the rudeness of one saleswoman had stung deep. "Anybody who has been snubbed because you were not chic enough, or not thin enough, or not the right class, or the right color or whatever, I don't know what it was, you know that it is totally humiliating."
Most of all, she said, she was hurt again when the Hermès company apologized in private, then released a statement that she said implied that "I was some diva trying to get in when the store was closed." Ms. Winfrey explained that some shoppers were still in the store, and that she argued with the sales personnel only because a few members of her entourage had their hearts set on going in.
Remember, the part that got people's attention was some line about the store having problems with North Africans which may or may not have been said, since that charge is not repeated here, I guess not. But look at her explanation in clear terms.
Some of Oprah's "entourages"(hanger-ons) wanted to go into the store but it was closed, Oprah sees shoppers in there and decides I can get them in because I'm Oprah. She pushes the issue and the French saleswoman says non! I know somewhere along the line she at least tried a "Do you know who I am?" card and got rejected, which lead to this gutting of Chavez's manhood on national television.
YOU GO SNOTTY FRENCH SALESWOMAN!*snap snap* Oprah got what she had coming to her. Look at her excuse, she bitches about being portrayed as some sort of diva trying to get into a closed store and then admits she was trying to get into a closed store because her "entourage"(hanger-ons)wanted to get in.
|Ms. Winfrey was magnanimous in return, assuring Mr. Chavez that "you really did come correct." And while she did not distribute Hermès scarves to her studio audience, she did lift the shopping fatwa, urging her fans to go ahead and buy a Birkin bag.
Would a diva do that? Certainly not. |
How many screwed up women has Oprah put upon society.. sheesh.