Hermes And A Socialite’s Life Give Oprah A Big Fat Apology

Our Oprah post yesterday brought out the a nastiness in the commentors that this sight has never seen before. I want to personally apologize to anyone, including Oprah, who was offended by the racist remarks. They have been since removed.

It’s looking like having to enforce people who leave comments to have to register before they are able to post. As I’ve said before, I love the majority of the comments people leave, it shows we are call unique individuals with varying opinions. However, when opinions turn offensive we have to draw the line. So I’m going to see how things go for the next couple of days and I’m hoping I’m not disappointed Then if need be, I’ll turn on the comment registration.

Onto the story that started all of this.

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.

“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.”

So I guess we all know what Oprah won’t be featuring on her annual “Favorite Things” show.

French Luxury Store Apologizes to Oprah [AP]