|How Tom Ford, the N-Word and Racism Emphasize what Oprah Winfrey and Jay-Z Have in Common - (How 2 Rich Black People and the N-Word Equals 1 Rich White Man)|
|Post by CyberCiety 8/11/2013 - 18:00 CST - CyberCiety@gmail.com|
In 2009, Oprah Winfrey interviewed Rap/Hip-Hop mogul, Jay-Z. Although Jay-Z charmed Oprah by teaching her how to freestyle, the two do not agree on the issue of the use of the N-Word. It seems Oprah does not believe either version of the word should be used. During the interview (available at: http://www.oprah.com/omagazine/Oprah-Interviews-Jay-Z-October-2009-Issue-of-O-Magazine/8) Oprah and Jay-Z stated the following:
In an interview with Parade Magazine to promote the upcoming release of her movie, "Lee Daniels' The Butler," Oprah Winfrey said "[y]ou cannot be my friend and use that word around me." See http://www.parade.com/59897/katherineheintzelman/from-where-they-sit-oprah-winfrey-forest-whitaker-discuss-lee-daniels-the-butler-and-race-in-america/
I remembered Oprah's 2009 interview when I heard Jay-Z's new rap song entitled: "Tom Ford" from his newly-released album "Magna Carta Holy Grail". Jay-Z uses the N-Word throughout the entire song. While listening to the song for the first time, I said to myself - well I guess Oprah will probably not like this song! Although I still have questions about the use of the N-Word, I have to admit - I love the song! It has a very strong beat. The introductory lyrics are:
If you agree, at first glance, that Oprah would probably not like this song - think again!? Thomas Carlyle - "Tom Ford" is an American fashion designer and film director internationally known for his offerings of luxury Men's and Women's fashions, accessories, handbags, eye-wear, fragrances and fine jewelry. During another interview this past week with ET's Nancy O'Dell, Oprah revealed a recent instance of perceived racism (involving a Tom Ford handbag) that she experienced while shopping in a Swiss boutique. Last month, while in town for Tina Turner's wedding, in Zurich, Oprah visited Trois Pommes boutique (later revealed by other sources - not Oprah) where she asked a clerk to see a $38,000.00 Tom Ford handbag behind a glass case. Oprah described the following exchange with the store clerk:
Oprah: May I see that bag right above your head? Oprah: And she says - to me, "No - it's too expensive." Oprah: And I said, no, no, no, no, see - it's the black one - the one that's folded up ... Oprah: And she said, "No, no, no you don't want to see that one. You want to see this one because that one will cost too much. You won't be able to afford that one." Oprah: And I said well no - I really did want to see that one. Oprah: She refused to get it. And she started to show me these other little bags. Oprah: And I said - one more time - I tried... Oprah: I said: but I really do just want to see that one. Oprah: And she said - "oh I don't want to hurt your feelings." Oprah: And I said Okay, thank you so much, you're probably right - I can't afford it. And I walked out of the store."
So it turns out - Oprah loves Tom Ford! During Oprah's interview with Nancy O'Dell, she did not disclose the name of the boutique or the identity of the designer of the handbag. Reportedly, the Swiss boutique manager has profusely apologized for the incident opining that the misunderstanding was due to language barriers. Meanwhile, the Tom Ford bag, in question, was sold and Yahoo! reports a spike in Tom Ford searches that may likely result from Jay-Z's album.
One thing is fairly certain, although Oprah and Jay-Z do not agree on the use of the N-Word, together, they are making Tom Ford a rich man! No word from Tom Ford on how he feels about the use of the N-Word in a song associated with his brand.
Do you think the word "N-i-g-g-a" has a different meaning from the word "N-i-g-g-er"? And when we use the term "the N-Word," is the word "N-i-g-g-a" included or do we say this to avoid using the word "N-i-g-g-e-r" only? @CyberCiety (c) 2013 CyberCiety - DTBlackmoreLaw