Oprah Cries Wolf

The Swiss are known for their neutrality, but try and label them racist and they are indeed willing to take sides. Oprah Winfrey, the most vain, self-indulgent human-being outside of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, has learned this lesson the hard way when she causally accused a store clerk in Switzerland of racism due to her level of service.

Here’s Oprah’s BS story:

In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, Winfrey recalled a clerk at an upscale Zurich boutique refusing to show her a handbag. Winfrey said she was told she could not afford the $38,000 purse.

‘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.

‘I didn’t have anything that said “I have money”: I wasn’t wearing a diamond stud. I didn’t have a pocketbook. I didn’t wear Louboutin shoes. I didn’t have anything,’ said Winfrey on the red carpet.

‘You should be able to go in a store looking like whatever you look like and say “I’d like to see this”. That didn’t happen.’

The store clerk responded:

The Trois Pommes sales assistant said over the weekend that she felt ‘powerless’ and in the grip of a ‘cyclone’ after Winfrey went on TV in America to make the claim.

‘I wasn’t sure what I should present to her when she came in on the afternoon of Saturday, July 20, so I showed her some bags from the Jennifer Aniston collection.

‘I explained to her the bags came in different sizes and materials, like I always do.

‘She looked at a frame behind me. Far above there was the 35,000 Swiss franc crocodile leather bag.

‘I simply told her that it was like the one I held in my hand, only much more expensive, and that I could show her similar bags.

‘It is absolutely not true that I declined to show her the bag on racist grounds. I even asked her if she wanted to look at the bag.

Here’s what really happened:

1) Oprah walks into the store, the clerk didn’t recognize her. This is impossible in Oprah’s mind. Thus, the clerk treating her like any other customer in a rich-peoples’ store was to Oprah the clerk treating her shabbily because she was black.

2) Winfrey said she was told she could not afford the $38,000 purse: These words were never spoken, but to Oprah, the fact that nobody shouted, immediately upon her arrival, “It’s Oprah! Please, look at our most expensive items!” is tantamount to them “telling” her she couldn’t afford it because she’s black, i.e. because racism.

You see, the incident was set in stone in Oprah’s mind within the first 5 seconds of her arrival. After that, the hole was too deep for the Swiss clerk to climb out. Now Oprah says she’s sorry…not for the racism charge, but that she brought it up and we, the great-unwashed, blew it out of proportion.

Perhaps the most hillarious part of the story is this line from Oprah after Swiss tourism officials offered an apology:

‘It’s not an indictment against the country or even that store,’ she continued. ‘It was just one person who didn’t want to offer me the opportunity to see the bag.

‘So no apologies necessary from the country of Switzerland. If somebody makes a mistake in the United States do we apologize in front of the whole country? No!’ (emphasis mine)

The United States…of America? Is that what she’s talking about? Might want to get an opinion on that take from, oh, I don’t know: Trent Lott, Paula Deen, Tracy Morgan, Michael Richards, Mel Gibson, Don Imus, Dr. Laura, Sergio Garcia, Roy Hibbert, Brett Ratner, and Riley Cooper just to name a few.

Like all charges of racism, it’s out there and there’s no going back. The Swiss clerk has been slandered and nothing will ever wash away that taint…Oprah knows this.

But I could be wrong. There could be something more sinister at work. Oprah might be lying about the whole thing and have some devious reason for creating a racial kerfuffle. I can’t imagine why, though.

On an unrelated note, did you know she has a new movie coming out this week about a black butler in the White House? Funny that.

Racist Rob Parker Can’t Help Himself

They used to say the last refuse of a scoundrel was religion. Samuel Johnson said it was patriotism. But in 21st century America, the last refuse of a scoundrel is “context.” Racist sports analyst Rob Parker, currently on 30 day suspension from ESPN, has essentially doubled-down on his cornball brother statement about Robert Griffin III despite having apologized earlier. Like most who get caught with their foot in their mouth, he blames the listeners for taking him out of context.

“It was just a conversation that’s had in the black community when athletes, or famous entertainers or whatever, push away from their people. And that’s really what it’s about. You saw it with O.J. Simpson, and some other people, where they say, ‘Well I’m not black, I’m O.J.’ So it’s more about that, not about RGIII and what’s going on. It’s more about this thing that we’ve battled for years and why people have pushed away from their people. It’s more about that.”

The only thing RGIII has done to “push away” from “his people” that we know of is he’s become a self-made man; a success. Sadly, this is the standard definition given to an “Uncle Tom” or the newly minted “Cornball Brother.” Is it RGIII’s responsibility now that he’s a millionaire athlete to bring others along with him for the ride? Is setting an example for others to follow not enough? For racists like Rob Parker, it’s the ultimate sin. Parker doesn’t mind black people being rich as long as they act like thugs, marry black girls, support the welfare state and generally make asses of themselves to everyone around them.

“I wasn’t saying that he wasn’t black enough,” Parker said. “And so when people say that…it’s just not true…I was saying these are the conversations that take place once a guy pushes away. So, it was never aimed at him or I was calling him that. I’m saying these are the conversations that take place.”

I don’t know a lot about RGIII’s personal life and whether he’s “pushed away” people he grew up with. Maybe he has…none of my business, but based on my reading of RGIII, the man, I doubt he had many thugs in his life to push away. In short, RGIII has captured the American Dream and that’s what really gets under the skin of men like Parker, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and the rest. You can make a lot of money, but as a black man you must bow down to their alter or be labeled accordingly. Down for the struggle? Struggle’s over. RGIII won.

UPDATE: ESPN fires Parker.

ESPN’s Rob Parker Apologizes For Racist Comments on RGIII

But does he really? Here’s his statement:

I blew it and I’m sincerely sorry. I completely understand how the issue of race in sports is a sensitive one and needs to be handled with great care. This past Thursday I failed to do that. I believe the intended topic is a worthy one. Robert’s thoughts about being an African-American quarterback and the impact of his phenomenal success have been discussed in other media outlets, as well as among sports fans, particularly those in the African-American community. The failure was in how I chose to discuss it on First Take, and in doing so, turned a productive conversation into a negative one. I regrettably introduced some points that I never should have and I completely understand the strong response to them, including ESPN’s reaction. Perhaps most importantly, the attention my words have brought to one of the best and brightest stars in all of sports is an unintended and troubling result. Robert Griffin III is a talented athlete who not only can do great things on the field, but off the field handles himself in a way we are all taught – with dignity, respect and pride. I’ve contacted his agent with hopes of apologizing to Robert directly. As I reflect on this and move forward, I will take the time to consider how I can continue to tackle difficult, important topics in a much more thoughtful manner.

Bullshit. His mask slipped and he got caught, so he’s covering his ass in order to save his career, but let’s look at the much deeper problem.

I believe the intended topic is a worthy one.

That’s his problem right there. No, it’s not a worthy topic. It should be a non-issue. When MLK said we should be judged by the content of our character rather than the color of our skin, do people think he was just riffing? just throwing out ideas? If the so-called civil rights activists really meant most of the things they say, RGIII’s race wouldn’t be discussed at all, but the truth of the matter is the goal of these civil rights activists and pundits isn’t equality, it’s race separatism.

The failure was in how I chose to discuss it on First Take, and in doing so, turned a productive conversation into a negative one.

Wrong again. What, pray tell, is productive about focusing on race? Give me one positive that comes out of that?

Bottom line…he’s a racist asshole and ESPN is guilty by association for fostering this dreck in their desire to be “edgy.” But what bothers me more is this both-ways crap. ESPN should either say we’re not going there and cancel that First Take show altogether or go for broke and say this is what we do and if you don’t like it, don’t watch. But like Joe Manchin, they’d rather walk the tightrope. Screw ‘em.

Thus Spat Zarathustra

There Is No Hope For Black Culture In America

I’ll just say it right up front: Until enough African Americans are willing to go to the likes of Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Spike Lee, pretty much all of the Congressional Black Caucus and now, ESPN’s Rob Parker, and say “We reject you!” there is no hope for blacks in this country to rise above the socio-economic level in which most reside. It’s comparable to solving the fiscal cliff…unless the negotiations involve entitlements reform, all the talk is just sound a fury signifying nothing.

Background to this rant from ProFootballTalk:

Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III recently said in a recent interview that he didn’t want to be defined as an African-American quarterback. One ESPN commentator says that raises questions about Griffin.

In fact, ESPN’s Rob Parker said Thursday morning on First Take that as an African-American, he has a lot of questions about Griffin.

“My question is, and it’s just a straight, honest question: Is he a brother, or is he a cornball brother,” Parker said. “He’s not really. He’s black, he does his thing, but he’s not really down with the cause. He’s not one of us. He’s kind of black, but he’s not really like the kind of guy you really want to hang out with.”

Parker said he wants to know more about Griffin’s personal life before he can accept Griffin as authentically black.

“I want to find about him,” Parker said. “I don’t know because I keep hearing these things. We all know he has a white fiancee. Then there was all this talk about he’s a Republican, which there’s no information at all. I’m just trying to dig deeper into why he has an issue. Because we did find out with Tiger Woods, Tiger Woods was like, ‘I’ve got black skin, but don’t call me black.’ So people wondered about Tiger Woods.”

Again, it’s a hopeless cause. Sorry if that cuts too close to the bone for some, but nothing is going to change for blacks with this kind of mentality. Nothing.

Thus Spat Zarathustra

This Week In Racism

I have seen the future and it is ugly indeed. African Americans need to hold themselves in readiness and prepare thy selves for the coming armageddon.

Race war? In a way, yes, but not in the way you might imagine.

This week we saw a YouTube video headlined on Drudge of a black woman in Ohio talking about how President Obama gave her a free phone. Her delivery was very, shall we say, street or ebonical (if that is such a word). While her facts were a tab askew, her message was not. In a nutshell, “Obama gives me free stuff, Romney don’t, next issue!” Once the video had gone viral many Romney supporters were galvanized while many Obama supporters sought treatment for a severe case of the Cringes. (Ask your doctor about once-a-day “Cringatol.”) The Atlantic magazine, home of renowned gyno-journalist Andrew Sullivan, was the first publication from the left-wing media to blow the race-whistle asking “How Racist Is The Obama Phone Video?”

Hell of a question. The Atlantic saves valuable time by simply skipping stage one where we ask “Is it racist?” and puts all their eggs into the stage two basket where it’s already decided, yes, it is.

The “Obama Phone” video is not being used by the Romney campaign. So we can’t say that it’s a racist attempt to get votes in the election. Right now, it sits in the middle ground between “stuff on the Internet” and “serious political issue.” But it took one big step toward becoming a  serious issue when, on the same day, Rush Limbaugh played it repeatedly on his radio show and the Drudge Report posted it at the top of his page. They’d probably call it humor? Limbaugh finds a lot of things funny about Democrats, like how fat Michelle Obama is. And an Obama voter who seems to be dumb? That’s comedy gold, or as he described the “Obama Phone” video, “That’s not Saturday Night Live. That is a real Obama voter.” Because a video of a black woman with bad teeth and a poor grasp of the history of the Universal Service Fund proves that Democrats are stupid, lazy, and, oh, black. “That is a real Obama voter.” We say, that’s racist.

Mmm! Lot’s to do here. As expected from an outfit like The Atlantic, they take the words of a conservative and addend them with some of their own. Limbaugh points out the whole crux of the issue: this isn’t a parody, this is real. And when he says “This is a real Obama voter.” a true fact, that statement is racist.

It’s a nice try and the standard stuff we see on an almost daily basis but I have to think that the wizards of smart have to be getting worried. There are a lot of video cameras out there. Every day bloggers are shooting video of real voters, real politicians with their tempers and there’s no place to hide. The Atlantic says Limbaugh’s statements are racist; I say, why stop there? Aren’t we all racists by simply watching the video? Let’s face it, once we hit the link on Drudge, it was the point of no return. We are all racists now. And since this video was not a parody, but in fact a real person, I have to think the biggest racist of all in this whole story is the woman in the video herself.

The left-wing media has made racism a cause célèbre, attacking conservatives, Tea Partiers and the like with charges of racism over some of the tiniest, most arcane statements you can make. Just this week a Charlotte, NC newspaper did an editorial cartoon with depicted black Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton with a “Hello Kitty” t-shirt under his uniform. The inference: he’s a pussy. To Stephen A. Smith and many in the media, it was racism.

So what’s my point in all this? Well, as I said at the top of the post, it’s time, maybe past time, when African Americans need to prepare for the day when liberals (left-wingers, progressives, et al) decide that black people must be eliminated or at the very least quarantined, for their very existence is in itself a racial stereotype. Is this not where we’re headed? Yes, I’m illustrating absurdity by being absurd, but answer me this: where does it all go from here? It wasn’t Limbaugh saying the woman had bad teeth nor, I believe, did he say she was stupid or lazy (though this video is good evidence). No, The Atlantic just inferred that in their tsk-tsking article. You see? No one is safe from falling into the racist trap!

This country is screwed.