Limbaugh Doubts Oprah's Racism Claims: Maybe It's Because She's 'Fat'

He just can't stop himself. Someone needs to tell old Rushbo that he really needs to keep his mouth shut when it comes to other people's weight. That didn't stop him from using it as an excuse to take pot shots at Oprah Winfrey after she talked about a recent experience where she felt she was discriminated against on a shopping trip.

Limbaugh is still doing his best to help out the GOP with that minority and women's outreach program of theirs: Rush Doubts Oprah's Racism Claims: Maybe It's Because She's "Fat":

Rush: "If I Were Oprah I Would Be So Thankful I Could Go Some Place And Not Be Recognized"

After Oprah Winfrey told Entertainment Tonight that she had experienced what she felt was a case of racial discrimination during a shopping trip, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh appeared skeptical that an African-American woman of wealth and fame could still be discriminated against and wondered whether the real reason for the poor treatment was "because 'The Oprah's' fat."

During a trip to Switzerland in late July, Winfrey was shopping at an upscale boutique where a store clerk reportedly told Winfrey that she could not afford a purse that Winfrey had asked to see. Winfrey, whom the clerk apparently did not recognize, has an estimated net worth of $2.8 billion according to CNN. The Swiss Office of Tourism has since apologized to Winfrey for the incident.

Limbaugh, who refers to Winfrey as "The Oprah," responded to Winfrey's claim with skepticism, saying, "Obviously [the store owner] who thought [Oprah] was a black person, couldn't afford anything, and she wanted you out of the store." Later, Rush asserted that "we don't know that the sales person based her judgment on The Oprah's skin color," before asking, "Maybe it's because The Oprah's fat? Well that's another -- how was The Oprah dressed? I mean she didn't look like The Oprah obviously. Was she wearing jump suit with tennis shoes? Maybe Air Jordans that weren't laced up?"

Go read the rest for the transcript and as they noted and have documented at Media Matters, he's got a very long history of these types of inflammatory remarks.


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