If a store clerk didn’t get you what you wanted, would you assume it’s because of racism? Probably not, but Oprah sure did. Turns out though that her alleged incident of discrimination might be just a cynical ploy to drum up press about the issue of race relations.
“This is something of a precedent,” Rothman told host [Fox News host] Jon Scott. “It just kind of comes right before she’s promoting a project, which relates to racism.” He referenced her accusations of racial discrimination against Texas cattle ranchers in 1998 and a Paris store in 2005 as previous instances when Winfrey invoked racism for her own commercial gain. “There’s precedent here.”
Fox contributor Rick Grenell agreed with Rothman’s theory, saying, “the movie The Butler opens this weekend, which is about racism and Oprah was a victim of racism. So if you think that somehow these two are not related, you don’t understand that Oprah is the queen of PR and the queen of media. These two are totally related, she did a fabulous job with it, and I salute Oprah for promoting The Butler.”
Nobody knows media or self-promotion quite like the Queen of Talk. Sure smells like a PR stunt to me.