I got this from Oprah's official message boards. Apparently, Tommy Hilfiger has never been on Oprah's show and has never made these comments. So go figure.
Poor Tommy Hilfiger, having to deal with this garbage going all over the 'net for months. Please don't believe such email 'news'; more often than not they are not true.
This has been discussed on other threads and Oprah's staff have repeatedly and firmly stated that it is absolutely not true, he was never a guest on Oprah and he never made such comments on her show or any other.
Here is something that came to me that can perhaps open the eyes of newcomers to the 'net (plus any time you hear a story about certain dangerous behavior going on out there, do some research on it before passing it on):
The longer you have been on the Internet the more of these you will recognize:
1. Big companies don't do business via chain letters and there are no computer programs that track how many times an e-mail is forwarded, let alone by whom. Bill Gates is not giving you $1000, and Disney is not giving you a free vacation. There is no baby food company issuing class action checks.
2. Proctor and Gamble is not part of a satanic cult or scheme, and its logo is not satanic.
3. MTV will not give you backstage passes if you forward something to the most people.
4. The Gap is not giving away free clothes. You can relax; there is no need to pass it on "just in case it's true."
5. There is no kidney theft ring in New Orleans. No one is waking up in a bathtub full of ice, even if a friend of a friend swears it happened to their cousin. If you are hell bent on believing the kidney theft ring stories, see: http://urbanlegends.tqn.com/library/weekly/aa062997.htm
And I quote: "The National Kidney Foundation has repeatedly issued requests for actual victims of organ thieves to come forward and tell their stories." None have. That's "none" as in "zero." Not even your friend's cousin.
6. Neiman Marcus doesn't really sell a $200 cookie recipe. And even if they do, we all have it. And even if you don't, you can get a copy at: http://www.bl.net/forwards/cookie.html
Then, if you make the recipe, decide the cookies are that awesome, feel free to pass the recipe on.
7. If the latest NASA rocket disaster(s) DID contain plutonium that went to particulate over the eastern seaboard, do you REALLY think this information would reach the public via an AOL chain letter?
8. There is no "Good Times" virus. In fact, you should never, ever, ever forward any email containing any virus warning unless you first confirm that an actual site of an actual company that actually deals with viruses. Try: http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/index.html
And even then, don't forward it. We don't care. And you cannot get a virus from a flashing IM or email, you have to download it....ya know, like, a FILE! Files do carry viruses and warnings are helpful - just make sure it is true first.
9. There is no gang initiation plot to murder any motorist who flashes headlights at another car driving at night without lights.
10. If you still absolutely MUST forward that 10th-generation message from a friend, PLEASE at least have the decency to trim the eight miles of headers showing everyone else who's received it over the last 6 months. (Think Cut and Paste) It sure wouldn't hurt to get rid of all the ">" that begin each line either. If it is worth sending, it is worth your taking the time to remove the >'s and all the headers. (Think Cut and Paste) Besides, if it has gone around that many times we've probably already seen it.
11. Craig Shergold (or Sherwood, or Sherman, etc.) in England is not dying of cancer or anything else at this time and would like everyone to stop sending him their business cards. He apparently is no longer a little boy either.
12. The "Make a Wish" foundation is a real organization doing fine work, but they have had to establish a special toll free hot line in response to the large number of Internet hoaxes using their good name and reputation. It is distracting them from the important work they do. Also, the American Cancer Society does not give 3 cents for each person you forward e-mail to. They ask for you to donate money, money, they don't give it, as if they could know how many e-mails you sent out...sheesh.
13. If you are one of those insufferable idiots who forwards anything that "promises" something bad will happen if you "don't,"-then something bad will happen to you if I ever meet you in a dark alley.
14. Women really are suffering in Afghanistan, but forwarding an e-mail won't help their cause in the least. If you want to help, contact your local legislative representative, or get in touch with Amnesty International or the Red Cross.
15. As a general rule, e-mail "signatures" are easily faked and mean nothing to anyone with any power to do anything about whatever the competition is complaining about.
16. KFC really does use real Chickens with feathers and beaks and feet. No, they really do. Why did they change their name? In this health conscious world, what was KFC's name? Kentucky FRIED Chicken. FRIED is not healthy. So with the help of a focus group, they changed the name to KFC. It's short, doesn't offend dieters and it's easy to remember.
17. Tommy Hilfiger has never been on Oprah and made derogatory statements about African Americans.
18. Another thing, just because someone said in a message, four generations back, that "we checked it out and it's legit," does not actually make it true.
PS: There is no bill pending before Congress that will allow long distance companies to charge you for using the Internet. Bottom Line ... composing e-mail or posting something on the Net is as easy as writing on the walls of a public restroom. Don't automatically believe it until it's proven false ... ASSUME it's false, unless there is proof that it's true.