Oprah Winfrey in racism flap over Switzerland purse incident
Oprah was in Zurich for Tina Turner wedding and was shopping in an upscale shop when a $38,100 crocodile handbag caught her eye.
was in Zurich the other day at a store whose name I will not mention. I didn’t have my eyelashes on, but I was in full Oprah Winfrey gear. I had my little Donna Karan skirt and sandals, but obviously Oprah Winfrey Show is not shown in Zurich, she told Tonight. go into a store and say to the wo adidas samba man, ‘Excuse me, may I see that bag over your head?’ and she says to me ‘No, it’s too expensive.’
“One more time, I tried. I said, ‘But I really do just want to see that one,’ and the shopkeeper said, ‘Oh, I don’t want to hurt your feelings,’ and I said, ‘Okay, thank you so much. You’re probably right, I can’t afford it.’ And I walked out of the store. who was promoting her upcoming movie, Butler, told the story as an example of ways she is subjected to racism.
could had the whole blow up thing and thrown down the black card, but why do that? But that clearly is, you know . it (racism) still exists. Of course it does,” said Oprah.
She didn make a fuss about the incident. But after the interview came out, people identified the store as Trois Pomme.
Daniela Baer, a spokeswoman for Switzerland national tourism board, told The Associated Press that are very sorry for what happened to her. Thursday, the Swiss Tourism board tweeted: are fuming this person acted terribly wrong.
“Mrs. Oprah said she just wanted to look at the bag, she didn’t want it taken down, and because my sales assistant felt a little embarrassed about the price, she quickly said that she also had the model in other materials such as ostrich and suede, which weren’t so expensive,” Trudie Goetz, manager of Trois Pomme, told CNN.
Oprah got the impression she didn’t want to sell the bag to her because she wanted to show her other bags. This had nothing whatsoever to do with adidas samba racism.
“Who wouldn’t want to sell a bag like that? Everyone would. My saleswoman just wanted to do her best. She feels very bad because she feels the way it’s being represented is very unfair. told CNN that Tina Turner was her friend and that she attended Turner wedding, too.
The Kansas City Star is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what’s in the news. Some o adidas samba f the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.
The Kansas City Star uses Facebook’s commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment.