Oprah ‘sorry’ for mentioning Switzerland bag incident
“I think that incident in Switzerland was just an incident 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,” Winfrey said Monday night at the Los Angeles premiere of “Lee Daniels: The Butler.”
“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 continued.
In a recent interview with “Entertainment Tonight,” Winfrey recalled a clerk at an upscale Zurich boutique refusing to show her a handbag. Winfrey said she was told she could not afford the $38,000 purse.
“I’m in a store and the person doesn’t obviously know that I carry t adidas flux he black card and so they make an assessment based upon the way I look and who I am,” said Winfrey, who earned $77 million in the year ending in June, according to Forbes magazine.
“I didn’t have anything that said ‘I have money.’ I wasn’t wearing a diamond stud. I didn’t have a pocket adidas flux book. I didn’t wear Louboutin shoes. I didn’t have anything,” said Winfrey on the red carpet. “You should be able to go in a store looking like whatever you look like and say, ‘I’d like to see this.’ That didn’t happen.”
Swiss tourism officials and the boutique owner apologized for the incident last week, but Winfrey insists there’s no need.
“It’s not an indictment against the country or even that store,” she continued. “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. If somebody makes a mistake in the United States do we apologize in front of the whole country? No!”
“The Butler,” which opens Friday, documents the civil rights movement through the story of a butler who served in the White House for seven presidents.
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Kahu Matu wrote:
So an insanely rich person complains about not being able to handle an insanely expensive bag. OH, THE HUMANITY. Why is this a racial issue? The dealerships that sell Ferraris don’t just let everyone test drive their cars. Bloomingdales doesn’t just let every person (male/female) try on their $10000 designer dresses. If Oprah would have come with her entourage, there would have been no problem. But dress like a normal person, like the 99%, and you will be treated differently. We’re all there. But don’t make this some race issue.
on August 13,2013 01:35PMThis also happens here if you will notice. If you go to a store dressed in grungy clothes as from after doing renovation in your apartment you will notice that store clerks will not come up to ask you to see if you need assistance. But when I am wearing a uniform or dressed really nice I notice that store clerks will come up to me and ask me if I need help. It could be because store clerks are basing their judgement on experiences that they have had with people who come in wearing grungy clothes. It is a fact of life adidas flux that people judge others based on their appearance. When job hunting the first thing that people will notice is your face and your clothes. It could be that the store clerk was racially prejudiced. But I don’t know. But speaking of racially charged news, the judge presiding over the lawsuit against Paula Deen has dropped it. That vindicates her and shows how much credibility that the plaintiff had. She was obviously trying to shake her down. It’s too bad that these plaintiffs often cannot be counter sued for their actions which in this case has cost Paula Deen millions in revenues. I do hope that she is able to pick herself up and move forward. This race card thing has become overblown. It is okay for blacks to have a blacks only dating site but as soon as whites have a whites only dating site then there is outcry. If blacks use that word that they often use it’s okay. But if a white uses it, it is an outrage. If blacks do not like that word, why do they continue to proliferate it? As for Oprah, I am sure she’s well aware that this has been going on for a long time.