Friday, June 24, 2005

France Humiliates Oprah

Although, there has been an apology rendered, Oprah says she will be buying no more Hermes scarves. Wow, another great loss for the French! Now our dear Oprah can know how the rest of us "not so famous" Americans are routinely greeted by the French.

Now, if you or I, dear reader, were to attempt to enter the Hermes of Paris store "after hours", and you or I were turned away, we would consider it par for the course and not at all unusual. However, Oprah Winfrey and her ilk are not "you or me", and in fact, they do not like to shop where they may have to encounter and rub elbows with "you or me", or other proles. No, they are accustomed to doing their buying "after hours" and receiving special perks. So one can only imagine the humiliation it must have been, for the most powerful celebrity in the world, to be turned away from the Hermes of Paris store. Oh, the indignity of it all! One would have thought that poor Oprah had escaped those types of embarrassing slights, when she left the backwoods of rural Mississippi. But no, Paris, France was lying in wait for her, according to the story from the BBC.
"Luxury French boutique Hermes has apologised to talk show host Oprah Winfrey after refusing her entry to one of their outlets in Paris.

"A friend of Winfrey, who witnessed the incident, said it was 'one of the most humiliating moments of her life'. Hermes said a private PR event was being prepared so it was unable to accommodate the star at the time. A spokeswoman for the star's production company called it her 'Crash' moment, referring to a race relations film."

No wonder the clueless French shopkeepers did not recognise her; the BBC reports that her TV show is seen in "only" 112 countries worldwide! Obviously France is not a part of that world. Obviously also, Oprah and her 30 million viewers will not soon forget the regretful "Misunderstanding". The BBC quotes the fabulously wealthy woman as declaring, 'I will shop where people appreciate my business, and I don't believe that any longer includes Hermes'. If Oprah, in future, vacations where her business is appreciated - or at least where they watch her TV show, it will no longer include France, either. Go for it, Oprah girl! Take a stand for the women of America!

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