Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Oprah's exaggerations & self-aggrandizements

Am I the only skeptic in the world who finds that Oprah handbag story fishy? After all she is a narcissist given to self-dramatization & self-aggrandizement. She claims she wore no external evidence of her wealth--like the $1,500 Christian Louboutin heels she usually wore on TV. Well of course not; you can’t walk in the damn things. But her casual attire down to her underwear was probably worth twice the annual income of the average union worker. For sure it wasn’t minimum wage wear or Walmart crap. Any clerk in a swanky shop would spot that in a New York minute--even if she was the only person in the entire world who didn't recognize Oprah.

The CEO of the Swiss store is apologizing for the incident; for heaven’s sake, Switzerland is apologizing. They’re not declaring war since Oprah’s security detail is bigger than the Swiss army. So where were they when Oprah was rebuffed like a scullery maid?

Good on Oprah for highlighting the indignities faced by most Black shoppers even if she is exaggerating her own treatment. But over a $40 thousand dollar handbag? She ought to be embarrassed at admitting such excesses when poor kids without free school lunch programs are prowling the streets of dozens of US cities desperately looking for food.

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