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Oprah Winfrey ‘Sorry’ For Reaction to Swiss ‘Racist’ Incident

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oprah-inside1Oprah Winfrey said she was sorry for the uproar and media response caused by her comments about an incident in a Swiss luxury store last month when an assistant refused to show her a $38,100 handbag.

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At the premiere of her new film, “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” in Los Angles on Monday evening, the U.S. actress and talk show host, recently named by Forbes as the world’s most powerful celebrity, said she regretted saying it took place in Switzerland.

“I’m really sorry that it got blown up. I purposefully did not mention the name of the store. I’m sorry that I said it was Switzerland,” she told reporters on the red carpet.

“I was just referencing it as an example of being in a place where people don’t expect that you would be able to be there,” she added.

Winfrey, 59, said in television interviews last week that while she was in Switzerland for the wedding of singer Tina Turner last month a sales assistant in a Zurich shop had refused to show her a luxury handbag by designer Tom Ford, saying it was “too expensive” and instead suggested cheaper bags.

Swiss tourism officials said it regretted the incident and the owner of the Tom Ford boutique, luxury shop operator Trois Pommes, denied racism, saying it was a misunderstanding.

“This has nothing to do with racism. I am here for everyone and the customer is king,” shop owner Trudie Goetz said last week.

Goetz added that the sales assistant had wanted to show Winfrey, who earned an estimated $77 million in the year to June 2013, that the bag was available in other materials, which may have given the impression that the shop did not want to sell it to her.

“It’s not an indictment against the country or even that store,” Winfrey explained. “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.”

In “The Butler,” which deals with race issues and opens in U.S. theaters on Friday, Winfrey plays the wife of an African-American butler who worked at the White House for eight U.S. presidents.

The handbag incident sparked criticism in Switzerland where media reported last week that local governments were given authority to prohibit asylum seekers from using public sports venues like municipal pools, prompting criticism from advocacy group Human Rights Watch. A government minister denied the reports.

-Reuters

 

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PHOTOS: Sheebaholics invade La Paroni’s bar as Sheebah premieres Onkutudde Video

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All roads led to the Parliamentary Avenue based La Paroni’s bar as music star Sheebah Karungi launched her new song, Onkutudde.

And boy, the much-anticipated song video was on point and had the female star’s fans dancing and grooving all night.  Sheebaholics, as they are widely known partied all night as the TNS star performed for fans.

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Before she stepped on stage, there were curtain raisers from TNS who included Topic Kasente, Roden Y Kabako, new kid on the block Grenade and the sexy Carol Nantongo before Sheebah killed it.

“Last Night Was So Perfect! Thank You All for Coming #ONKUTUDDE Video

Officially Out,” Sheebah posted after premiering the video.

Here are ae moments from the Premier

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Fresh Kid’s USA Tour Cancelled as promoter can’t afford ticket for Singer’s father

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Fresh reports coming in indicates how young rapper Fresh Kid is currently shading tears after his USA Music tour being cancelled because his father Paul Mutabaazi who insisted on going with him.

According to his mother Madrine Namata, Fresh Kid was supposed to travel to USA for a music tour on 6th July but this has been cancelled only because Paul Mutabaazi insisted that he also wants a Visa and Ticket to travel with his son.

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“That man is too much, he is killing all my son’s blessings, he has insisted on traveling to USA with him and now the promoter has cancelled the show. No one like that man but all he does is kill my kid’s future and now i don’t know what to do for him. He is too much, i need help.” Fresh Kid UG’s mother cried out.

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New female singer Posha invades market, records first single

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It is clear the Ugandan music industry grows everyday and that comes with new entrants and recordings. BigEye.ug introduces the latest female music entrant and on authority backs the singer for greater heights considering her unmatches talent.

Posha is a female singer attached to GangLito entertainment as record label, a label that managea her music and career. Posha has already released two singles “Tell me” and another “Sure Win”

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Posha’s single Tell Me was produced and recorded at Avie Records by Dr Fizo

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