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Old 06-23-2005, 02:26 PM   #1
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Another Reason to Dislike Oprah

French Luxury Store Apologizes to Oprah

PARIS (AP) - The luxury store Hermes has apologized to Oprah Winfrey for turning her away from one of its Paris boutiques last week, saying it was closed for a public relations event when she came knocking.

The talk-show host and "an entourage" unsuccessfully tried to enter an Hermes boutique on Paris' posh Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore at 6:45 p.m. on June 14, Hermes said in a statement.

"People were in the store and they were shopping. Oprah was at the door and she was not allowed into the store," Gayle King, a friend of Winfrey who witnessed the incident, told syndicated TV show "Entertainment Tonight." "Oprah describes it herself as `one of the most humiliating moments of her life.'"

King said it's unlikely that Winfrey will shop there again. "She's really OK. Her position is, `I will shop where people appreciate my business, and I don't believe that any longer includes Hermes,'" King said.

The store's normal closing time is 6:30 p.m., although high-end shops are known to make exceptions for celebrities. On that particular night, however, "a private public relations event was being prepared inside," the statement from Hermes said.

"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," said the statement, released Tuesday. "Hermes expresses its sincere regrets for any misunderstanding that these circumstances could have caused."

A spokeswoman for Winfrey's Chicago-based Harpo Productions told The Associated Press Thursday the talk-show host plans to discuss her "Crash" moment when "The Oprah Winfrey Show" returns to the air in September.

"Crash" is a film dealing with race relations.

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The nerve of some people, really. A store is not allowed to conduct it's normal planned business because it's supposed to cater to the whims of Oprah? Whatever! I can't believe Hermes apologized, the company was totally in the right to turn her away from a closed store. The worst part is I can see the Oprah legions boycotting the store from now on. She truly is out of touch with the rest of the world who just walks by stores that are closed and doesn't think the alert the press when they can't shop where they want. And this was "the most humiliating moment of her life," wow, that's mystifyingly sad.
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Poor Oprah. I mean how tramatic for a female to be refused at the door.

With all the horrors in the world, this ranks #1.

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she has really been held back
where does she find the strength to go on?

i am going to boycott that store
if I ever go to Europe


it could have been worse
she could have been denied dessert
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How could they do that to Oprah ??

Absolutely ridiculous is that store !!
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I'm not sure if a lot of Oprah's fans can afford Hermes. Not many of us can afford to buy much in it--it is a very pricey store.
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Don't these people know that Oprah was the No. 1 pop icon in the list of 200 pop icons of all-time and is ranked No. 6 of the Greatest Americans of All-Time by the Discovery Channell.

Oprah is bigger than God and Jesus combined.

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Re: Another Reason to Dislike Oprah

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"Oprah describes it herself as `one of the most humiliating moments of her life.'"




Cry me a fucking river Oprah.


Try having to go on welfare to feed your kids or begging to keep your electricity turned on. Then you can complain. Being denied the opportunity to spend more than most people make in a year is hardly worth crying about. Suck it up and go on to the next ridiculously high priced store.
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Just wait until Tom and Katie hear about this
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Well we don't really know Oprah's side of the story yet. There may be more than what's revealed in this article.
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Just wait until Tom and Katie hear about this
he will be hopping mad
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Cry me a fucking river Oprah.


Try having to go on welfare to feed your kids or begging to keep your electricity turned on. Then you can complain. Being denied the opportunity to spend more than most people make in a year is hardly worth crying about. Suck it up and go on to the next ridiculously high priced store.


Plus, what about the people planning the "private public relations" event. I don't know what it was, but they probably did a lot of hard work planning the event. What gives Oprah the right to go in and disturb something that had probably been in the works for a long time.
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Her friend Gayle says there were people shopping in the store at the time and it was open.

The original story was that they said "they had been having trouble w/ North Africans" and that's why she was not let in -the public relations reason didn't emerge until later. After all, a store like Hermes would let Oprah in, but maybe not a black woman who they didn't recognize as being Oprah. If you think racism isn't rampant in stores like that, think again. The whole story isn't known yet. I'm not saying it was racism because obviously I don't know, but I wouldn't discount the possibility.
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Well if racism played a part in this then Oprah has every right to be angry.
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If they said, "sorry no blacks in here", than Harpo has a right to be angry.
If they said, "Sorry Ms. Winfrey, the store closed at 6:30, if you check your $150,000 watch you'll see its 6:45 and we have a private event going on, please come back tomorrow", then Harpo and Ms. King should shut their yaps.
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