A Tale of Two Reactions: Oprah, Jase Robertson, and the liberal media outrage machine
First, there’s the new Medal of Freedom recipient, Oprah Winfrey, whose courage in the face of liking cake and learning to love herself for the billionnairess that she is has provided feminists everywhere with a playbook for turning public insecurity into its own form of empowerment.
As you know doubt heard, Oprah was wrongly racially profiled by racist Swiss sales clerk in a degrading Pretty Women moment, told she couldn’t afford a particular handbag, most likely because the clerk sized her up by her brown skin, and was hopelessly unfamiliar with the fact that there are many many black millionaires, from business people to, more publicly, entertainers or sports stars. And this OUTRAGE led to media laments about the lingering racism that is often still unconsciously buried in the hearts of white devils everywhere.
An international conversation on race, that’s what we need. Because no one knew, previously, that the Swiss were engaging in a kind of soft cultural apartheid.
Unless of course they aren’t.
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.’
It came as Oprah said she was ‘sorry’ a media frenzy emerged after saying she experienced racism during a trip to Switzerland.
‘She is so very sensitive. I repeat once again; my saleslady only meant well because she wanted to show other bags to Oprah. To demonstrate the whole range is, for me, a perfect service. I find it regrettable that Oprah has come to this service from exactly the wrong way.
‘I saw Oprah at Tina’s wedding but I only knew her from TV. We didn`t speak, and now unfortunately since then, this is played out before the entire world.
‘I hope the business will not suffer as a result of this. I hope I can speak with Oprah to resolve the situation personally, as quickly as possible.’
Today, it seemed that Oprah – who earned $77m last year, according to Forbes, was desperately trying to take her foot out of the mess she’d put it in.
Last night, the star gave an interview on the red carpet of The Butler, in which she has a role.
She said: ‘I’m in a store and the person doesn’t obviously know that I carry the black card and so they make an assessment based upon the way I look and who I am,’ said Winfrey, who earned $77 million in the year ending in June, according to Forbes magazine.[....]
Ironically, Oprah also came under fire today from the Swiss animal rights group Four Paws (Vier Pfoten) which slammed her for wanting to buy a crocodile skin bag and called on Trois Pommes to withdraw the item from sale.
‘We do not know if Ms. Winfrey actually wanted to buy the bag,’ said Chantal Häberling, spokeswoman for the group. ‘But she should know crocodiles suffer for the production of such items.
‘The animals are kept in extremely small enclosures,’ she said. ‘To kill them the animals are beaten with a hammer on the head, and in some farms and it sometimes takes two hours before they are dead.’
Oprah is an avowed animal rights spokeswoman. PETA, the world’s largest animal rights group, named her “person of the year” in 2008 after she spoke out against the wearing of fur.
Imagine: an entitled, race-baiting hypocrite who threw her substantial weight behind Obama? Who could have seen that coming?
Her reward? A Medal of Freedom. Because nothing says “I’m a champion of the little people ” more than mention of your black card.
Now, compare Oprah’s horrific tale of racit woe — I hope she’s able to endure, even under withering attack for being a diva, and having no Swiss Al Sharpton around to foment race riots and demand “justice” be done to the hateful sales clerk with the racist heart, and no Swiss Jesse Jackson around to try to shake down the store in exchange for a smoothing over of the incident and some positive publicity — to the tale of Duck Dynasty star Jase Robertson, who was escorted out of a New York hotel, a victim of what he called “facial profiling”:
Robertson and other members of his family were in New York City promoting the fourth season of their hit A&E reality show. The network put the family up in the swanky hotel across from Central Park.
Apparently one Trump International Hotel staff member was not accustomed to seeing a fully bearded guest wearing camouflage pants.
“I asked them where the bathroom was and he said, ‘Right this way, sir,’” Robertson told the hosts of the television show ‘Live with Kelly and Michael.’ “He said, ‘Right this way, sir.’ He walked me outside, pointed down the road and said, ‘Good luck.’”
The hosts appeared stunned by the story – but Robertson smiled and said he took it in stride.
“I think it was a facial profiling deal,” he said.
Robertson’s brother, Al, told Fox News the family is getting a good laugh out of the case of mistaken identity.
“He assumed Jase was some homeless guy,” he said. “This is not our first rodeo — which is another reason I stay beardless.”
Ironically, it’s not the first time the men of the Louisiana family have been mistaken for homeless people.
“One time, we were in New York City and people put money in Willie’s coffee cup,” he said. “Dad was speaking at a church once and one of the members showed him where the homeless shelter was.”
The Robertsons said they were “absolutely not offended” by the incident and said they love staying at Trump Hotel.
“We were laughing — wait until the Donald hears about this,” he said.
And for what it’s worth, they hope the staff member doesn’t get in trouble.
“He was just as nice as he could be — escorting Jase to the park,” Al said. “And honestly, if I was in his shoes — I’d have done the same thing.”
Wednesday’s season premier of Duck Dynasty drew 14 million viewers. Which is just shy of the number of times Oprah Winfrey has played the racial victim card, mentioned a diet, or eaten a rack of ribs “as an emotional crutch.”
Ironically, it’s the Duck Dynasty crowd that is pushing back against the Oprahfication of America. Which is why they draw 14 million viewers to A&E, and Oprah’s channel is a vanity project riddled with heavy-handed liberal propaganda narratives done as “entertainment”.
I won’t be holding my breath for Erick Holder’s call for an honest national discussion on facial hair. Nor do I expect Diane Sawyer to grow emotional over any lingering hirsute divide that still sits like a silent sin in all our hearts.
If you ask me, which you didn’t, the wrong wronged “celebrity” is getting the Medal of Freedom.