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    the boycott is on!

    i have joined oprah in the boycott against Hermes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Indianute
    i have joined oprah in the boycott against Hermes!

    i would like a hermes hand bag

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trinibaje
    i would like a hermes hand bag
    just about every woman that i know wants a hermes bag...I was just about to get one for my wife but since the boycott is on ill just have to save my $16,500!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Indianute
    just about every woman that i know wants a hermes bag...I was just about to get one for my wife but since the boycott is on ill just have to save my $16,500!

    What is the reason for the boycott?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Indianute
    i have joined oprah in the boycott against Hermes!
    Now, to boycott you have to had been a previous client of Hermes!

    And buying deh fake ish on deh street is not HERMES!

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    Quote Originally Posted by XtasyReds
    What is the reason for the boycott?
    becasue they played Oprah.

    June 28) - Whether Oprah Winfrey was turned away from a bit of after-hours shopping in Paris because of a racist employee or a special event, news of the confrontation outside a luxury store has evoked empathy and anger from many American minorities.

    In living rooms and Internet chat rooms, the Winfrey case has sparked discussion of what many see as a chronic problem for minorities: poor treatment and sometimes outright suspicion of minority shoppers no matter how well-educated or rich they are - particularly in high-end stores.

    ''The presumption in America is that if you have the wealth, you'll get equality - but where's Oprah's equality?'' asked Bruce D. Haynes, a sociologist at the University of California, Davis. ''It picks up on every inkling of discrimination that a black person might experience in daily life.''

    He added: ''Many people are saying, 'I don't have the money, but Oprah represents what I could be ... She's like the black Donald Trump. And if it can happen to Oprah, it could happen to anyone.''

    The incident occurred when Winfrey stopped by Hermes on June 14 to buy a watch minutes after the boutique closed. Though she and three friends said they saw shoppers inside, neither a sales clerk nor manager would let them in.


    "Oprah describes it as 'one of the most humiliating moments of her life."
    -Gayle King, Winfrey's friend


    Winfrey believes the store's staff had identified her, according to a spokeswoman from Harpo Production Inc., her company. Winfrey's friend, Gayle King, who was there, told Entertainment Tonight, ''Oprah describes it as 'one of the most humiliating moments of her life.''' Harpo says Winfrey plans to discuss the incident in the context of race relations on her show this fall.

    Hermes said in a statement it ''regrets not having been able to welcome'' Winfrey to the store, but that ''a private public relations event was being prepared inside.'' The store did not respond to calls seeking comment.

    ''As retailers, we want to treat every customer well. So I tell retailers not to look at the customer for what they look like but to address the product they want and what service they're looking for,'' said Daniel Butler, vice president for merchandising and operations at the Washington-based National Retail Federation.

    Even if a store is closed, Butler said, the staff should be empowered to ''do as much as they can to accommodate a customer and hopefully use common sense.''

    Winfrey has often plugged Hermes products - a $135 tea cup and saucer was featured in her magazine in 2001 and was still on her Web site Tuesday, along with the company's phone number. But she has said she will no longer be shopping in its stores.

    Many other minorities boycott stores where they receive poor service, according to Harriette Cole, author of ''How To Be,'' a book on black etiquette that recommends this tactic to counter biased treatment. Cole also recommends dressing well and, if followed, asking for shopping assistance.


    "Unfortunately, this proves how deeply ingrained in global culture racism is."
    -Harriette Cole, author of ''How To Be''


    ''Unfortunately, this proves how deeply ingrained in global culture racism is,'' Cole said. ''There is the assumption that a black person will do you harm, and/or the assumption that a black person has no place in a luxury establishment, cannot afford to buy the luxury item.''

    Michael Leake, a black pharmaceutical salesman in Toledo, Ohio, knows this experience all too well. ''It happens all the time,'' he said. ''That's just life.''

    Once, at a high-end shopping center in Los Angeles, he said, a sales clerk referred to a white customer as ''sir,'' but turned to Leake and greeted him with, ''What's up, homes?'' He confronted the clerk.

    ''I was like, 'How's he ''sir'' and I'm your homey? I'm interested in why you speak to him in a more respectful way than you speak to me. We've all got money to spend here,''' Leake said.

    Indeed, many companies fail to grasp that big-spending customers now come from every background imaginable, said Luke Visconti, co-founder of DiversityInc, a New Jersey-based business that advises companies on diversity issues.

    Hermes, in its treatment of Winfrey and its response, ''blew it to a degree that's hard to imagine,'' he said. ''It's clearly bigoted. ... Think about what this did to their business. Think about all those people who have been oppressed (by this kind of behavior) who are going to be sympathetic to Oprah and not go back there.''

    Winfrey's influence is enormous: She reportedly earned $225 million last year, her daily talk show is seen in 111 countries and Forbes magazine recently named her America's most powerful celebrity. Some commentators have suggested that her extraordinary wealth, usually a buffer from the everyday trials faced by most blacks, has fueled her outrage.

    But Emil Wilbekin, former editor of Vibe magazine, said it's not uncommon for black celebrities to receive poor treatment at high-end stores, where there are virtually no minorities in top positions. Sean ''P. Diddy'' Combs has devised a tactic to avoid poor treatment, he said.

    ''Puffy sends his people ahead to stores and shuts them down so he can shop privately, so this kind of thing doesn't happen,'' Wilbekin said. ''I've worked with young people who wanted to be stylists and work in fashion and they've never gone into a high-end boutique ... because they were afraid. They didn't think they were allowed. What flashes in my mind are images of water fountains that say 'whites only.'''


    06-28-05 1846EDT

    Copyright 2005 The Associated Press. The information

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    Here is the story about the boycott: http://www.uptoparr.com/news_display.php?id=209


    Basically, she got the store 15 minutes after it had closed, and expected to be let in and do a little shopping.... I wouldn't have let her in either!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Indianute
    becasue they played Oprah.

    June 28) - Whether Oprah Winfrey was turned away from a bit of after-hours shopping in Paris because of a racist employee or a special event, news of the confrontation outside a luxury store has evoked empathy and anger from many American minorities.

    In living rooms and Internet chat rooms, the Winfrey case has sparked discussion of what many see as a chronic problem for minorities: poor treatment and sometimes outright suspicion of minority shoppers no matter how well-educated or rich they are - particularly in high-end stores.

    ''The presumption in America is that if you have the wealth, you'll get equality - but where's Oprah's equality?'' asked Bruce D. Haynes, a sociologist at the University of California, Davis. ''It picks up on every inkling of discrimination that a black person might experience in daily life.''

    He added: ''Many people are saying, 'I don't have the money, but Oprah represents what I could be ... She's like the black Donald Trump. And if it can happen to Oprah, it could happen to anyone.''

    The incident occurred when Winfrey stopped by Hermes on June 14 to buy a watch minutes after the boutique closed. Though she and three friends said they saw shoppers inside, neither a sales clerk nor manager would let them in.


    "Oprah describes it as 'one of the most humiliating moments of her life."
    -Gayle King, Winfrey's friend


    Winfrey believes the store's staff had identified her, according to a spokeswoman from Harpo Production Inc., her company. Winfrey's friend, Gayle King, who was there, told Entertainment Tonight, ''Oprah describes it as 'one of the most humiliating moments of her life.''' Harpo says Winfrey plans to discuss the incident in the context of race relations on her show this fall.

    Hermes said in a statement it ''regrets not having been able to welcome'' Winfrey to the store, but that ''a private public relations event was being prepared inside.'' The store did not respond to calls seeking comment.

    ''As retailers, we want to treat every customer well. So I tell retailers not to look at the customer for what they look like but to address the product they want and what service they're looking for,'' said Daniel Butler, vice president for merchandising and operations at the Washington-based National Retail Federation.

    Even if a store is closed, Butler said, the staff should be empowered to ''do as much as they can to accommodate a customer and hopefully use common sense.''

    Winfrey has often plugged Hermes products - a $135 tea cup and saucer was featured in her magazine in 2001 and was still on her Web site Tuesday, along with the company's phone number. But she has said she will no longer be shopping in its stores.

    Many other minorities boycott stores where they receive poor service, according to Harriette Cole, author of ''How To Be,'' a book on black etiquette that recommends this tactic to counter biased treatment. Cole also recommends dressing well and, if followed, asking for shopping assistance.


    "Unfortunately, this proves how deeply ingrained in global culture racism is."
    -Harriette Cole, author of ''How To Be''


    ''Unfortunately, this proves how deeply ingrained in global culture racism is,'' Cole said. ''There is the assumption that a black person will do you harm, and/or the assumption that a black person has no place in a luxury establishment, cannot afford to buy the luxury item.''

    Michael Leake, a black pharmaceutical salesman in Toledo, Ohio, knows this experience all too well. ''It happens all the time,'' he said. ''That's just life.''

    Once, at a high-end shopping center in Los Angeles, he said, a sales clerk referred to a white customer as ''sir,'' but turned to Leake and greeted him with, ''What's up, homes?'' He confronted the clerk.

    ''I was like, 'How's he ''sir'' and I'm your homey? I'm interested in why you speak to him in a more respectful way than you speak to me. We've all got money to spend here,''' Leake said.

    Indeed, many companies fail to grasp that big-spending customers now come from every background imaginable, said Luke Visconti, co-founder of DiversityInc, a New Jersey-based business that advises companies on diversity issues.

    Hermes, in its treatment of Winfrey and its response, ''blew it to a degree that's hard to imagine,'' he said. ''It's clearly bigoted. ... Think about what this did to their business. Think about all those people who have been oppressed (by this kind of behavior) who are going to be sympathetic to Oprah and not go back there.''

    Winfrey's influence is enormous: She reportedly earned $225 million last year, her daily talk show is seen in 111 countries and Forbes magazine recently named her America's most powerful celebrity. Some commentators have suggested that her extraordinary wealth, usually a buffer from the everyday trials faced by most blacks, has fueled her outrage.

    But Emil Wilbekin, former editor of Vibe magazine, said it's not uncommon for black celebrities to receive poor treatment at high-end stores, where there are virtually no minorities in top positions. Sean ''P. Diddy'' Combs has devised a tactic to avoid poor treatment, he said.

    ''Puffy sends his people ahead to stores and shuts them down so he can shop privately, so this kind of thing doesn't happen,'' Wilbekin said. ''I've worked with young people who wanted to be stylists and work in fashion and they've never gone into a high-end boutique ... because they were afraid. They didn't think they were allowed. What flashes in my mind are images of water fountains that say 'whites only.'''


    06-28-05 1846EDT

    Copyright 2005 The Associated Press. The information
    I read it and I agree with Jabjabpossee. I would not have let her in. I am sorry. I have no where close to an iota of Oprah's money but I am truly fed up with these rich folks getting spoiled because thier bank accounts have so many zeroes. And then when Black mega millionaires (or billionaires) don't get thier way, they scream discrimination! Save it! Get over yourself and start complaining about or boycotting people like the shitty arse government of this country.

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