In the end, the store clerk who denied Oprah Winfrey a pricey Tom Ford handbag did the mogul a favor.
Last week, Winfrey told "Entertainment Tonight" that she'd recently experienced racism while shopping in Zurich, Switzerland. The OWN CEO was eyeing a crocodile-skin purse in an upscale retailer, yet when she asked to see it a sales associate refused to help, telling her the purse was too expensive for her.
After repeating her request, Winfrey says she was told, "No no no, you don't want to see that one, you want to see this one, because that one will cost too much and you will not be able to afford that."
As the top-ranked celebrity on Forbes magazine's power list with an estimated $77 million earned in the past year, there's no question that Winfrey could easily afford that purse.
But at $38,000, the media personality tweeted, she wouldn't have wanted it anyway.
"Turns out that store clerk did me a favor. Just found out that bag was $38K!!! She was right I was NOT going to buy it," Winfrey tweeted to "ET's" Nancy O'Dell on Friday, reiterating that she simply wanted to "LOOK at" the item.
With that $38K still lining her pocketbook, Winfrey added that her overall experience in Zurich was pleasant.
"Other than the handbag diss ... I had a GREAT time in Zurich," Winfrey told O'Dell. "Best spa ever (The Dolder Grand). Would love to experience again."
He has too know the union stinks===everyone here knows but he has time too mis behave
What happened bimbo....no motor in this morning?
we know it...how come you don't? This is going on for over a decade.
and there are no contracts stating we gave you approval too do anything illegal in terms of hacking correct?
Got back and sit on your couch until tomorrow morning and hack in
darn I needed too get another thing on your hack file
None of us are leaving and the fact he follows you for a once a week BJ is the town laughter.
and after you performance in front of the town...they officially what a pos you truly are and everyone is running checks on their machines and equipment today because of you. we don't want filth in our lives...we live clear of filth. This other woman is no example too young women ... we want more Oprah's in the world not trash like you and friend.
she is of no example too women-she has not light she has no spark like Oprah...Oprah has the popularity and she does not. We want more Oprah's in the world and we want people too follow her not that trash who calls herself
the town loves Oprah-she will do anything too keep her man but fk him....
She is the town trash and we will never respect her...she has no spark and no quality real females do. the fact that he follows her sh-t or is even aware is unprofessional
wants too put herself in a category like Oprah...she is of not example too women...we want more Oprah's and we want young black women too succeed in life and never become trash like a hacker. Remember do not ever respect a bimbo
She provides nothing. Oprah is a better woman .she is what the town calls trash bimbo
dig in to KAT ..... he wears a KAT shirt see if there is a connection
we have the technology ... lets go further and see if he knew about all 4 machines....
I can't stand a liar who commands respect......I said forget him but settle my curiousity see if he appears....
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How far we have come but how far we still have to go! As the owner of a small USA based company trying to roll out a new line of our own handbag designs, it should be understood that any interest in a line of products is a good thing and that it is never our place to judge anyone based on a profiled perception of economic status.
How far we have come but how far we still have to go in this world! As a very small business owner and as designer of my small but growing line of handbags, I assure that NO one is ever judged for their opinion, choice to look but not buy or any perception of their economic status!
This sounds like a gag!
What? Oprah does not dress well enough to look atleast a window shopper?
She is a former news reporter and highly educated she is my idol and an example to black women everywhere
I disagree. Though her ethic is top notch, and she gives back, this whole 'rant' which was BS to begin with just to promote a movie, doesn't ring true with what she preaches. She's no different than any other liberal in that regard.
This article is lame. Harpo is famous for calling retail stores and asking they shut down for an hour so she and her enourage can shop in quiet. More then likely this store would not shut down fo her. have you seen her mug/hair on her magazine this month. Very funny.
Don't hate on Miss O because she has things YOU'LL NEVER HAVE. Enjoy your life!
The clerk did Oprah a favor. She gave her a chance to tout racisim just before her movie about racism comes out. What great timing!
You got it! Plenty of free advertising and taking advantage of the racial powder keg fostered by our president and others as of late.
She truly thinks I don't know its MMMM
indeed, it is the power of free publicity in this country.. The action could be interpreted as discrimination due to a social level standard. She was an upscale retail store and maybe she didn't look wealthy enough however to claim that there was any sign of racism is a bit too far .. This piece of garbage is no more than a free marketing advantage .. probably a publicity stunt to attract attention ... Mrs. Oprah, a little more than this is expected of a personality of your level ...
Rasism is the only word she knows. Anyone who doesn't bow to her is a rasist.
Racism is now animating the all World. Oprah secondly started by apologizing for having named Switzerland, the place where a bag worse perhaps peanuts for her, leaded to humiliation or racial discrimination that turned to be a misunderstanding or simply a clerk`s favor. The fact that Oprah might be putting a stop in this animation just like this, embrace theory of Professor Mochael Hviid – Social Science and Sociologist – Aalborg university 2008. Michael`s theory grounded on Photos from 1700 -1800 showing Afro American being hanged, burned and tortured in USA and New Orleans photos 1950`s-1960`s. For Michael Hviid Afro-Americans can do absolutely no more that " keep their mouth shut", as samples he used Oprah Winfrey, the Jackson `s Family Tina Turner Spike Lee, Martin Luther King and other Celebrities and American Politicians. Adding that any Afro – American effort to change the position of Racism in human kind could lead to financial suicide. Michael validated his diagnose by making a Comparison between the clash of European Kingdom and Racial discrimination, concluding that racism racial discrimination, modern slavery and second effects of discovery for cure of diabete/Insulin will end, the day Danish Monarchy will be abolished. The question is:
Is it True?
She has a lot of money. She could probably buy the store.
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You should have bought the store then fired the clerk
they are what we call cheap sh-t
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Switzerland honestly thinks they are better than everyone else anyways~ we are neutral during war, we have the best scientists, we host the Nobel's, we have the best chocolate. This was classism/nationalism, not rascism. Damned Swiss.
cait, did you skip geography class and political studies? Are you just being sarcastic now? Are you trying to make a joke about the difference between European countries? Please clarify.
Anyways is not a word in English vocabulary, also, Switzerland doesn't host the Nobel prizes. And it is Belgium who touts having the best chocolate. Guess who is the one looking stupid and arrogant now?
she fake her role as victim now...
Oprah ,you worth 77 millions and that is nt enough? you still want to have the 15 minutes of fame? it is outrageous, and who are you Oprah? a simple black abused girl, poor who became rich and famous by WHITE people indeed! you are famous and rich is that not enough? here in America anyone can became rich and famous you are a vivid example, but in Zurich or other parts of the world they don't give a dam who you are! I too don't ,good riddance to you and this is not the first time you cry wolf ,stop the madness be humble ,stick to your own and let the world go around without you ,you are not that important in this world is least you and your money or fame doesn't affects me at all ,I hate people who get rich and became DIVAs you are one of them really! not matter how much money or fame you still like you were before "NOTBODY" and for the people who are in her favor stop kissing ass you are pathetic! I bet if Oprah were not rich and famous you like me didn't give a dam! be real please! I am glad this woman put her in her place ,she need to be recognized? why? not in my humble world indeed!
Maria – you sound like a hater! Oprah didn't want the sales jerk to kiss her butt. If a customer asks to see a purse you show it to them. Who are they to tell her it's too expensive!!!! Do your damn job! You are just mad because she worked hard to get where she is and she is loaded. I can't knock her hustle. You should take note and stop hating on her success. You sound really bitter. I hope things get better for you!
Maria, your post is sad and pathetic.. are you a racist? Sounds like you resent a black woman having so much. I feel sorry for you, a person who is full of hate and envy, you who would like to demean Ms. Winfrey and devalue her. Maria, you are the one that is not important, especially to Ms. Winfrey. There must be a bizillion Marias in the world. There is only one Oprah Winfrey.
Point of correction maria, she is worth over a billion.
why is this so unbelievable. Years ago I asked to see a scarf at a high end store and was told it was too expensive. I insisted and the sales "jerk" relunctantly showed it to me. I purchased the scarf and returned it the next day!
Oprah does know that the sales lady waiting on her says Oprah is not telling the truth. I would bet the lady would get a nice sales bonus on the sale and would have loved to make it! I watched HER interview...where is that located on CNN?
washed up hoe.
Oprah cries racism, like a teenager, destroys the sales clerks credibility, and then says the clerk did her a favor. Which is it Oprah???? I think YOU are the racist!
after what she has done...stedman should never give her the time of day again.
isn't it an odd coincidence that this freakin purse thing happened just before her movie came out. Call me crazy but I see cheap advertising
fight 4 ever honey...cuz we gonna peeze out–you iz a bore
I am going to put on my old jeans and washed-up T-shirt, go to a Ferrari dealer and ask for a test drive with the most expensive model. If they don't let me, I will cry racism against whites.
Well Steve Jobs was one of the richest people in the world and his signature look was jeans and a black turtle neck. Don't judge a book by it's cover.
Oh and I almost forgot about the Duck Dynasty cast...redneck millionaires. Even if the woman wasn't racist, she was still a fool for assuming that someone was poor by the way they were dressed.
Funny thing is, I don't even like the 38000 handbag. The zipper is lopsided.
we are watching oprah and gayle...the 2 lesbeans...
Oprah is number 1
i own my house now-everything is mine...and you cannot see it....doc her.....i am power of attorney
This is not racism, but moneyism. If I, a white woman, go to that store dressed like an average person, they would have done the same to me.
Absolutely! I went to Rodeo Drive in Beverly hills once to Hermes to buy some perfume and a scarf for my mother. The store was empty. The two sales "stepford wives" 45 minutes to decide they would wait on me. I felt like Julia Roberts in "Pretty Woman". Moneyism and Classism.
she did not have bucks on her for haircuts and she's talking about rodeo drive....i 've there 2 times...the best
Two thoughts here. ONE : This was more likely a problem of "classism" not "racism". O said she wasn't wearing her usual shoes, so maybe she wasn't dressed up that day. Haven't we all experienced snotty salespeople? Esp. if shopping in grubbies for something quick? TWO: O could have handled this better! Why not say....hey I am not looking my best today but I am Oprah Winfrey and I think I can afford that purse! Make it a joke. O if racism was as rampant and you think, you probably would not be a billionaire celebrity!
folks...she no do it....NOT HIM
Oprah, you are absolutely pathetic! You are an embarrassment! Such a typical cliche...
Doesn't Oprah know she's not buying a pocket book in a department store. Anyone including her would not pay $38K for a pocket book that was man handled by everyone that walked in the store.
She should have bought the store and fired the clerk!
So did they give her the handbag to shut her up?
the storewoman is fighting back, saying that Oprah lied. NO BAG FOR YOU OP's!!
I thought Oprah stood for integrity but after this, she is just another over bloated, over inflated hollywood star that chooses to use her money to act like a petty and spoiled child - shameful behavior from a woman I always thought was better than this.
Oprah is not acting spoiled-she simply experienced a racist wrong and voiced it. Racism is real and it still happens-all over the world. This clerk should know that her deplorable behavior possibly costs the store and country money. Shame on her for mistreating anyone-despite what they look like in appearance-dressed up or down; black or white etc.
Oh come on, Oprah is no different than most women. She sees something pretty, she wants to look at it. Now, whatever the conversation was, its a "she said, she said". Both ladies have their versions as they PERCEIVE it, but the truth always lies somewhere in the middle. We all do it. The more often you tell a story, the more it changes subtley. Its a lot in the way you hear what is said not necessarily the exact wording. Thats why some people may perceive the clerks comments one way and other people hear it in a completely different context.
Now, Oprah has worked hard to get where she is and she has sacrificed her private life for her career. Her choice. With her job, if people are willing to make her a celebrity and pay for her work, then by golly she should be able to spend her money however she wants. She donates an incredible amount of $$ to charities, people who are at her shows-I've never seen anyone give so much as Oprah. Getting rich is part of the American Dream. The haters are people who expect their dream to be handed to them instead of working hard to get it.
Usually I am pretty tired of the race card being used, but this sounds like a legitimate act of discrimination. If anyone is allowed to peruse the merchandise, then limitting who can "see" the bag is discrimination. If it is off-limits to all customers (which I doubt) there wouldn't be a story...
Oprah wasn't being petty in her voicing her concerns, but many who use the "race card" are...
we love him...we want her interjections on phone texts...we don't care about his business....i want too know where she is kicking in...we have it on s-xless i want iit on my person phones texts...dummie no put out da goods has been
Racism is alive and well. I experienced it from time to time. I have undergraduate and postgraduates degrees, but could not find a suitable job. I was told to take junior positions. I did that. I worked with supervisors who are white who have far less education than me. I even took an accounting course with a supervisor who failed the course and I aced it. I believe that white people are promoted based on how they speak the English language and not on what they know or are able to do the work.
he likes her bazooms.
Could it be possible that the clerk refusing to show the purse to Oprha may be because she herself would be held responsible if damage or mishandling occurred with any customer? My daughter worked in retail and was told by management that she should "guard" customers who wished to try on or look at expensive clothing that is actually wired and locked to racks such as leather or fur jackets and she would be responsible if theft or damage occured. I'm white and I don't judge others by their color but by their actions.
you cant be the judge your daughters job is to sell right ? well then thats was she should have done , not turn them away on what she thinks that person could afford even though your white it sounds to me there is a racist person in you because you stuck up for the salesperson with your daughters job.
weather she thought she could afford the bag or not that is not for her to judge u are to treat people like u want to be treated not by how much money they have or u think they have, regardless on how famos they are or if the are a averge working person u treat people with the respect that they need and if she damaged it or messed it up that is when the gets involved so it does not matter who u think a person is or how much a person has jus treat people with respect and dignity
I went into a Publix grocery store's deli section. I inquired about the Cuban sandwich, I was promptly told they were out out of Cuban sandwiches but would I like some fried chicken instead! Was it because I was black that I was offered the fried chicken? Why not offer me a watercress sandwich?
Definately rac-ism. Oh the shaaamee!!!!
Zheela..your argument is against the point, in fact it is pointless and a little stupid, too.
What a farce, making it a racial issue. I am european myself and know for a fact that this sales person had no such thing in mind. It was more likely a matter of language miscommunication and Oprah's arrogance to make a big deal of it. Leave it to an American to make it a racial issue, first thing that comes to mind. Very disappointing.
Totally agree – except there are many Americans who aren't racist. Too bad that Oprah and Obama are screaming racism so loudly (ironically) that they make Americans look bad. And the last time I checked the history books, there weren't black slaves in Switzerland. Racism? What is she basing that on??
How is it racist? Because how in the HECK did the store clerk have ANY idea what she could afford or NOT?! No doubt she was dressed impecabbly. Being a billionaire, she was no doubt probably dressed better than the clerk. So the only thing that leaves is the clerk assuming she couldn't afford it because of the color of her skin. And I love it when people down-play racism in this world, as if it no longer exists. Try being white in Compton, or black in a suburb. You're naive.
Wasn't she one of the pilots of the plane that crashed? Fro Too Lo
good work everyone..thanks
Why does she believe it was racism? Is she arrogant enough to believe that she is the only black person who every shopped in that store?
Her success is largely due to people not being racist. No one feels sorry for you and your billions, Oprah. Get over yourself – we are!
excellent point about her success being due to non racism... good one
Unfortunately she didn't learn the right lesson. That's its not all about you, the celeb.
Oprah, sorry for your moment of upsettedness! It was classism..... not racism. It happens to ALL of us!
I am always amazed at the incredible provincialism of Americans, especially Oprah, in this case. Anyone who has ever lived in Europe and who understands Europeans knows that they are dowdy slobs, who delight in their frugality. The store clerk likely said that Oprah would "prefer something cheaper, because these other purses are just as good and more affordable". This is classic European selling tactic, but offensive to American shoppers, because we would feel that we are being insulted by our inability to afford the "premium" item.
In Europe this is normal. Get over it Oprah!
Europe is rotten bigoted society. It's nothing new racism is embedded in their genes.
oh so true!! So many backward, ignorant and unintelligent people out there. I used to think europeans were more open minded. Those Balkan nutjobs are the worst. Useless blighters.
That's why Americans never get over racism because every time you turn around someone is accusing someone of doing it. So Europeans may be rude that does not mean that they are racist they are equally rude to every one.
Funny, at least half of the Americans in this country are direct descendents from those same Europeans. Prejudice will happen regardless when people continue to distrust someone who is different from themselves. Racism is alive and well, but lets all stop calling all prejudice racism.
i can tell you 05 is gonna be one heck of a lei...soon...yep
Common in Europe the lady explained and it turns out Oprah made it all. who doesn't recognise oprah she's so famous, and she had gone at the shop with her bodyguard. in us no one dares to go against her. in europe we were thrilled that US has a colour president.
every dam time
How coincidental that Oprah had a racist moment just as her new movie about race relations is being released this week. Can anyone say publicity stunt!!!
we just did.
and alsoshe wanted a crocodile-skin purse
She wanted crocodile-skin purse
we know all the country games too...we have it
I'm sure Tom Ford has already sent her three to "apologize."
post it performance under raps...can i go now?...
you see mandi its all you-file it
As a woman of color I know far too well that racism exists in far more subtle and insidious ways than most people are willing to admit. However in this instance I am wondering – isn't it an amazing coincidence that Oprah experiences a racist incident just as she's making the rounds of the TV news shows promoting her film "The Butler", which deals with ongoing racism in the US? The actual incident may/may not have happened as described, I simply find it all to be way tooo convenient and well positioned ..... and we all know Oprah has made her fame and fortune by leveraging on tragic and sad situations,, plucking at heart strings and generally working people into an emotional hype over some topical issue ....honestly I think this incident is a strategic move to indirectly promote her film, which she desperately needs to be a hit. given the dismal performance of her network.....
But it's really like that in zurich,sales clerks here are really disrespectful.
I questioned that myself.... could I be wrong in saying that a lot of retail workers get a commission when making a big sale....?? What would be the commission on 38K??? A little hard to pass up,..... so I also say it was staged....
As a resident of a majority black city, Shreveport Louisiana, and a white male, I can tell you that racism is alive and well.....I experience racial discrimination and am subject to racial slurs nearly everyday.
Her film career is prime focus in this house
2. computer hacks, motors and garbage...i want this done prior too employment
3. this has too get cleaned up .... she will be watching my parents in their home.
5. she has access too account numbers...she is partially blinded but no enough...we want her out withing
the next few weeks....any lip service docqument her hacks 24/7 while i am out of town.
Please Oprah, you really feel down. Why this silly story? Poor little rich girl... You were so ridiculous...
No proof of racism exists other than Ophra just automatically stereotyping a white person in to thinking she didn't like her color.
Just like Trayvon, the only racism is the black to white kind.
no proof?give me another reason why he refused to show it to her
What an utterly delusional thing for you to say. Sure, only black to white racism–riiiiiiight. F$^cking morons.
she exposed you, she exposed you, she exposed you, she exposed....how many times does one have too make another understand...she exposed you ... we did not...we did nothing but watch the show...she did it all...we just watched her expose you..she did it all..we just performed
So tell me, why else would the clerk tell her that she couldn't afford the purse?
she will be glitz and glamour all over again..you will be in sh-t town asking your boyfriend for haircut money for your bother and sister.....doc her
You are just plain ignorant to the world.
It's typical zurich. Mostly sales personnel here are rude (i just experienced 2x yesterday) even in a normal supermarket lol what more in an expensive shop.
we know alllllllllllll about it sweetie for over a year now...
So you don't think there could POSSIBLY be another reason why the clerk dissed her? I'm a middle aged white woman. If *I* walked in that store, the clerk would tell me the same thing. Have you seen photos of Oprah without makeup? Without her hair done for the show? She looks like any other person in middle class America – NOT someone famous. And she has a tendency to wear velour tracksuits or the like when she's on downtime. She does not look rich and famous – sometimes even when she IS made up for her show or an appearance. MAYBE if she had shown a credit card to clerk that would have helped, but maybe the clerk really had no idea who she was.
hey she's inviting you in the room-you were what a month ago....go for it hun.
Sometimes it is better to shut up then open your mouth and show the world how stupid you are. Either that remark was poorly phrased or you are an idiot if you think the only racism that exists is black people against white people. I'm voting for idiot.
Racism is alive. It happens every day. Most of it are so covert that you can feel it but cannot prove it. You all must have heard of apartheid and the KKK?
Sorry Oh-prah but your time is done. For someone who wants to avoid racism, you sure know how to throw it around. I had very little respect for you before, and now it's down to zero. The world should be a united front, but people like you just keep stabbing everyone in the back with this kind of crap. You are a fake. Where is Paula Deen ????
i agree she is out of the picture...
Oprah is back peddling fast now that she see's people are calling her on the story and believe it to be false. She's afraid this thing is going to turn around and bite her in her fat ass lie it did Paul Dean...and it should for her lying about racism.
We are so happy stedman is making changes
Doc her -
more like CNN throwing it around
because...she exposed you...she did it all...we just sat here and did a song and dance..
she did all of this too you...we did nothing too you...she exposed all of it too the audience...
we did nothing but dance the dance...she exposed all of this...she did it...round and round and round she goes
where shes stops everybody knows....
I agree with you 100% she need to hide for a while. Rich doesn't mean smart.
when you work for them as long as i have...you become them....i am street smart...your a has been.
location first then read...that's the wall street way.
a sloppy second...doc her antics, location everything
She makes the "I wouldn't have purchased it anyway" statement after she says she was racially discriminated against? If the sales clerk was right about that, she was probably not racially profiling Oprah either.
Oprah is a liar. She likes to spin a story when it blows back in her face. NOW, she says she wouldn't buy a 38K purse – like she never owned one. Also, it is a normal practice for those stores to have replicas of the high end for customers to fondle and explore. That's what she had in her hand. Biggest lie? Oprah overlooks the fact that the saleswoman wants to sell her that 38K bag MORE than Oprah wants to buy it. Oprah embarrasses me – another Ugly American in Europe. First, France – now Switzerland.
Any store selling a $30,000 handbag is going to have security cameras, I want to see the tape of this incident or I call it total made up fictional racist bullshxt by oprah. oprah is a fat disgusting fake of an individual. oprah was probably mad because they didn't fall on their knees and just give her the bag free. In real life oprah looks like the lowlife that she is. Her public relations people make sure any photos of her are heavily airbrushed eliminating, the bulging eyes, dark bags under her eyes, puffy fat deposits in her cheeks and triple chin.
LOL You forgot to mention that HUGE nose she displays when she has no makeup on to slim it down. LOL The first time I ever saw her with no makeup on I about fell out. She is one ulgy thing without it and that nose is something to behold.
he's even better off with oprah...she has big t-ts
I believe there is a tape and the store doesn't want to show it because it's true. Don't you think it would be easy for them to produce it and clear their employee?
i would love to have a drink with you and talk about intelligence....hahahahaha
You are pathetic
When people resort to making nasty comments about someone's looks, they have a tendency to be ..... let's just say – less than attractive themselves. Wonder how many of the individuals making the nasty comments on her physical appearance are overweight and sitting alone in their little roooms. Have a funny feeling that some of you make Oprah look thin.
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repulsive and negative on the other site....
waiting for another guy too call on line 3...hahahahaha...
What Miss Winfrey does not understand is that English is not every's country mother tongue. Switerland is a small country with four (4) official national languages. English is an additional language taught in school. Therefore, while many people speak English as their second, third or fourth language, they might not have the same finesse as a native speaker. I wouldn't be surprised if Miss Winfrey just misinterpeted a sentence and called it "racism". An easy way out....
does manda do 50 shades of grey ....... no she said she gives him a bj to shut him up once a week...
oh and does not give up the cootch
they say she looks vicious just sitting there waiting for her hair too be done. her pic is out there...thanks
never has a dime on her.
i have no money for 3 haircuts....i have too run and get money from my husband....website no bucks.
the whole family is amazing and wonderful....she's a fake and forced herself too be nice to everyone. fake
salon- im sorry i have not money i have too talk too my husband...found her cold and faking too be nice
The store clerk is identified and she point blank says Oprah is distorting the occurrence, which is a nice way to say "lying." One would hope that black leadership would apply themselves to curing the myriad maladies in the black community. Violence, fatherlessness, poverty, drug addiction, welfare dependency come to mind. Instead, Oprah fans the flames of make-believe racism. She's there with Jackson and Sharpton, making a living as a race hustler. She's racist.
Oprah is NOT "racist". The dumb cluck clerk needs to be fired.
THE WEBSITE SUCKS....MAKE SURE YOU FOLLOW THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT THOSE WHINERS DO..THEY FIND HER TOO COMPLEX AND AND IDIOT-SHOWED THEM HER PIC....HYSTERICAL
Wonder why you automatically believe the white store clerk? You automatically believe someone that you do not know. Is it due to her race? As someone said earlier, if there was a camera, it would be shown. I bet there was a camera. I'm not saying she was deliberately being a racist but you comment was defintely racist.
isn't it far more likely that if she was rude to oprah it was because she's an obese and sort of average looking american?
If the shop clerk didn't know who she was dealing with, I find it far more likely that oprah was discriminated against based on these factors, than simply the color of her skin.
Why does it always have to be about whether this person is racist or not. From the accounts of the exchange, the shop clerk sounded like a pretty typical euro-snob to me, but there is absolutely nothing to indicate that she behaved the way she did because of the color of oprah's skin.
I think it is pretty sadistic to publicly claim that the shop clerk (and by association the business itself) is racist and basically ruin their lives just because they were being rude or dismissive. I'm not saying I haven't had my fair share of rude encounters with service people in europe, but I think it is for many different reasons.
My thoughts exactly. It is very easy to jump to the conclusion that every white person is a rac-ist but it takes a bigger, smarter person to overcome those feelings. I'm sure the shop assistant probably was rude, which is to be expected of shop clerks in very expensive boutiques, but rude shop clerks aren't necessarily rac-ist! She would'cve been ruder to me because I don't look rich! And americans are famous for being difficult customers, the clertk probably though "oh great this american woman wants to act like the queen of the world" without actually realizing it is the queen of the world.
i live for cnn
Well it appears even Oprah is backing away from the story now, saying it has been "blown out of proportion" by the media. Hmm if she really thought she was rac-ially targeted why would she apologize now? OBviously this really was just a stunt to get her name in the papers to help sell tickets to her new movie!
All one has to do is read the comments to know that racism is alive and well all over the world.
Internet trolls are not representative of the actual population.
Oprah needs to chill, don't worry Oprah, I as a white person also find myself in those situations where the shop clerk doesn't realize im a millionare and wont treat me like a millionar! It's obviously rac-ism right?
Millionaire my ass!!!
duh! What do you think MAP stands for? Millionare and Proud!
Mighty Angry Person is what MAP stands for, our token gay American residing in Europe to shield his family from the embarassment and shame who always inclines left and quickly resorts to name calling when others disagree, which is frequent. Hast du Dieter's Schwanz am letzen Nacht gesaugt warmer Brueder?
Hello little Ellen! So great to hear from you! You are wrong about my nationality BTW. but that's ok because you're aLWAYS wrong about EVERYTHING! And warmer brueder is not a German saying. Oh and btw name calling? Like how you jkust called me an embarrassment to my family because im gay? Like how you just called me a token gay american? What are you? The token b!tchy fat angry neio nazi s.l.u.t? Fcuking die b!tch.
So you did schlobben die knobben letzte nacht – schlurp, schlurp – not that there's anything wrong with that, warmer Bruder. Did I hit your psychoanalysis on the head with the "angry" diagnosis or what? Shrill angry bitter powerless, seeking refuge and self-esteem in promiscuity. Classic lib.
Racist, too, MAP? That's an insightful hijack post. I've had some fun tormenting you, but I now see you have a fragile and distressed psyche. There's nothing wrong with being gay, and I value your posts. I hope you're able to access quality help where you're at.
Oprah is a good boingo and big ya ya's
her hair is pretty
You're 100% correct, ellen. I am an angry person. But I believe I was born angry so I've learnt to accept it. It's ok as long as I have an outlet for my rage, which is sometimes posting it on here. I'm actually really friendly in real life. I like to let the rage build up inside and then spew it out against some rednecks on here. Thanks for being my outlet.
Ok so the big question here is was it really rac-ism, or was is because Oprah was wearing cheap looking clothes (sweats etc) and spoke without a posh accent? It may have been rac-ism, but there's nothing in her story that proves that, it could just be the shopkeeper hates americans (like many posh Swiss nationals).
When someone is public person and acts wrong the world will answer .No mater who you are Lohan, Oprah,President ....
There is no place in the world for phony racism ,maybe still in America has but in all other world no .All races and ethnic groups are tired of phony racism of the black community.
Maybe was not like this in the past but now we are living in a global world where everyone is accepted no meter of his color ,race .If someone cant deal with this New wonderful world the world will make sure he dos.
Yes , because phony racism like racism = hate
Black community should heal from the past and teaches there children to love .
Black community its time for you to understand that we all nations ,races ,colors( white,yellow,red...) are your brothers and sisters and we love you and completely accept you!
A lot of you people are missing the point of Oprah telling what happened to her,it was not because she is OPRAH and she was disrespected,it was because she is black and that someone in this current day and age would use the colour of her skin to make the assumption that she could not afford the bag
Wow...I can't believe these responses! Oprah gets insulted and y'all act like its her fault! I don't care if its ME asking to see the purse TWICE...white black pink purple or brown..an insult is an insult and the salesperson insulted her!!!
Obviously the saleswoman was wrong to steer the client to a less expensive handbag that looked the same and had the same functionality. It's obvious racism... except it's not. It's one obnoxious American taking a non-native English speaker's common sense advice as racism.
Oprah you are famous in America , were everyone can be somebody ,the other part of the world don't give a dam about you! you are nobody in Zurich really! get off of your high horse and be humble, never forget where you coming from ,did you forgot?
So sick and tired of Oprah ,about racism she is racist herself ,the phony thing they work make money with whites they make them rich and famous indeed! and still acting like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson! not matter how famous or rich you are you will never stop being black, or Hispanic or whatever! Oprah we all know you are black and we don't care !
Exactly. Oprah needs to get over herself. It could have happened to any one of us that walked in that store....Oprah is wanting new followers and is trying to jump on the racial bandwagon with the million or so black group thinkers. (I'm black and yes I said something negative towards my own race, which by the way I'm disgusted by the majority the black race)
Repeal the 1964 Civil Rights Act! Eliminate race, creed, religion, ethnic orgin and nationality as protected categories. The race hustlers are destroying – correction, have already destroyed the late great America!
Seems like the Big O has turned into a real hating-white-people machine since she no longer feels she has to be beholdin' to the white people who made her rich by watching her show. I guess she feels she has to make up now to all the Blacks who called her an Uncle Tom during those days. I'm feeling a run for office. lol
Exactly and the whites make it her rich and famous but she forgot already indeed! she is a hypocrite is all ,"eat the hand that feed you" is a old adage dislike her with intensity really! and sick and tired if her ,it is time for her to retire really!
while oprah is drinking champagne on her own jet the first thing she will be thinking about is CNN bloggers.
Today's uptight racial atmosphere in America is suffocating! It's unhealthy!
There are probably thousands of black women to whom the sales person could have said the same! Oprah's ultra-sensitivity is unfortunate! It's an embarrassing testimony to her self-righteous, intolerant ego, and just another Oprah laughing point for many rational-minded human beings. She's damaging her own relevance to the broader community.
La-de-da, Oprah got offended! Who cares?
Why doesn't she focus on what is important, and what it good, what is noble, what is just..? Or is she simply a victim of her own tunnel vision?
Lighten up, Oprah, and the world will lighten up with you!
So Oprah's not like any and every other bag loving female. She wanted to look at it! Black or White, the clerk was racist to even slight her not just for her race, but saying who can and cannot afford what? Who is she and this wasn't a high priced diamond from Tiffany's!
Can you identify in the provided information where the clerk indicated any race-based motive? Yeah, neither can I , because no such fact is given. Oprah assumed a racist motive, because Oprah finds racism everywhere. Give it a rest, windbag. Go exercise. Maybe she didn't want a fatty to have such a fine handbag.
I have to agree with Clark. I spent most of my life in European countries as an American. Oprah is wrongly projecting her own personal bias onto others who don't deserve it. Keep it in American, Oprah. Your embarrassing us.
Clerks in Zurich don't know who is Oprah....who is Oprah in America a rich famous black person g ,Zurich and the rest of the world don't give a dam! she expects to be recognized around the world? why? anyway whooo caresss about Oprah? I don't !
Oprah is a skin obsessed vicious racist using her media position to racistly advance all-black issues all the time. Boycott oprah.
I like and admire Ms. Winfrey for bringing herself up by her own bootstraps from poverty to wealth. You sound jealous.
I bet she would've sold it to Zimmerman.
First of all there is no such thing as an “African American.” In America we don’t categorize ethnicity, either you are an American or you aren’t. You might be of African descent but that doesn’t make you a certain type of American.
Racism is a fundamental fact in this world; practiced far and away more by African descendants than Indians, Orientals, Native Americans and oh yea, more than Whites…
Remember how this happened to Oprah about ... what, a few years ago? At Hermes ... you can google "oprah" and "hermes" to get dozens of still viewable stories from the year 2005.
Oprah seems to be travelling through all of Europe, demanding apologies for racist treatment as she makes her way from country to country.
But wait, is this the same Europe that thronged to hear a black Obama, all shiny and new, give a speech in Berlin in 2008? Some estimates pegged it at around 250,000.
Is this the same Europe that gave a black Obama the Nobel Peace Prize, on his first day on the job as President (see: "shiny and new")?
Is this the same Europe where high-end boutiques usher in any very brown or very black Maghrebi or African despot, or his wife, or his wives, or his daughters, or any dark-brown Arab in flowing white djellabah ... begging them to spend as much embezzled Treasury money as possible on ... bags, leather goods, designer clothes, designer sunglasses, bespoke suits, $1,000 neckties, custom-made sports cars ... THIS "racist Europe" who loves Obama more than many Americans and who especially loves the money rich Maghrebs and Africans spend ... deliberately and openly practiced some kind of "racism" on the richest black woman in the world? Twice?
Either the cheese-eating and quiche-eating French and Swiss and other Europeans (Nobel Prize Committee is ... Scandinavian) all of a sudden turned from LOVING brown and black peoples ... and their money ... to all of a sudden HATING Oprah ... or ... Oprah is exaggerating or deliberately misunderstanding interactions in the worst light possible or ... even lying outright.
I knoooooooooooooow. That was the 1st thing I thought too – the incident in France a few years back. Sounds to me like she is baiting the Europeans. She really needs to get out and travel more. She embarrasses Americans by projecting our problems onto innocent countries and trying to publicly hang them. As an American, I'm ashamed of her.
I too thought this story had a familiar ring to it. Not that she wouldn't have experienced more than one incident of racism but something about this story was giving me serious deja vu. Why is she on TV now apologizing for this getting blown out of proportion? I think while she was promoting her new moving she told a little white lie, all the media blew it up, and now she's doing a little back tracking. Besides this latest incident in Switzerland and the Hermes bag incident, I also recall her saying the exact same thing happened at a jewelry store when staff wouldn't let her in. Like I said, no doubt she's been on the receiving end of racism but I think in this case Ms. O stretched it a little.
OMG! Maybe the sale person didn't know who you were.....maybe there are people on the planet that do not know who you are and do not care if someone is black, white, orange, etc. Why is everything race with this women. Maybe there was a communication problem....like, the lady didn't speak English. I cannot stand "O"....everything is always about racism. Anyone think this sounds just like her problem in France....with a purse.
Its time NEW Oprah to come and OLD Oprah to go!!!New Oprah that is young from my generation raised from wonderful parents who did not teach her to be paranoid and address everything like racism but happy that she lives in a world where everyone is measured by there knowledge and good soul and not by there skin ,race.
Why only black people from older generation have this racism paranoia and not any other race or ethnic group?Why they still teach there children to be paranoid of racism and make them not love them selfs?
CROCODILE?....Really? Go to The Gimphole gimphole.com
Really raicist, Operah open your eyes please no one knows you in Switzerland. You better feed 3 thousand kids in Africa instead of that bag, plus endangered species, yes the salesperson did you a favour. Never show your face again in Switzerland, we do not need such people here. Buy your Burkin bag on Madson Ave in NYC, please....!
Really racist, Operah open your eyes please, no one knows you in Switzerland. You better feed 3 thousand kids in Africa instead of that bag, plus endangered species, yes the salesperson did you a favour. Never show your face again in Switzerland, we do not need such people here. Buy your Burkin bag on Madison Ave in NYC, please....!
All the repressed racists came out of he closet when Obama was elected and now that he was re-elected they are all buying guns.
Really, you believe the crap you just wrote?? This stuff is laughable.
Oprah has a movie coming out. Coincidence? I think not. It's sad that she sacrificed an innocent clerk to her PR stunt though.
Good point, Ben. Seriously tho, who the hell spends that kind of $ on a purse?
Really, who care about Oprah anyway....funny timing about the movie coming out. Again, another movie about race. Does she have anything else going on in her life but race related? Boring.....!!!!!
Bingo! Oprah finds racism everywhere to promote her civil rights Butler movie. This justifies electing incompetent bumbling dictator presidents who ignore the law, tax and spend on programs that don't work, and who coincidentally are moolatto race.
I think she's the best person in the country. Love oprah
You need to broaden your circle of people.... Wow!
I have so much respect for her. She's amazing
Why is she amazing? She's super rich and she gives money away. She makes it back in interest and good PR. The amazing people are the ones that do their giving when no one else is looking.
Respect ? for who? Oprah? you are just a ass kisser , just because she is rich and famous? I wonder if Oprah was poor and not famous you would say the same thing....ahh amazing hypocrites ,idiotic people !
Go away . . . didn't you retire already?
Dear shutty, I understand that you might ask yourself what is this? What is going on? Are we going to stop that race-ism talk just like this? You know Oprah did not really retire and that she publicly announced her come back, so people who love her can follow her. Everyone in this World deserves to be respected. Specially you, I, Oprah and everyone. In this case our celebrity did not ask anyone to follow her, but people do follow her inclusive you and I therefor, bit of self-respect is fine.
Sarah Palin has a buttplug collection worth more than that purse!
I'm sure Sarah has quite a few collections.....just sayin.
Oprah is a liberal media hack who enjoys telling her sycophants how to live. She needs to go away.
(any FoxNews commentator's name here) is a conservative media hack who enjoys telling their sycophants how to live. They need to go away.
Nobody is going anywhere–
Everybody is going somewhere.
Puh-leeze! I'm a liberal – don't try to pawn her off on us. We don't want her. She is an embarrassment to America.
who cares ....ophrah is surprised white ppl are racists....still..lool
true and she'll bring everything on her 1 billion dollar plane she bought 3 years ago...great comment
YOU ARE A IGNORANT ASS LIFE WILL DEAL WITH YOU
Are you j e r k i n g off in this fantasy, namkoS/Sokman? Do you later have redneck/Deliverance anal sechs with this Alabama hillbilly? Do you roll him over and squeal ROLL TIDE!
You love me? I HATE YOU!
day in and day out - the women will never change...ever.
she will be her way in 5 minutes...her words are huge but say nothing....its all the same decade old crap that never
changes. whining, complaining, she knows it all, she has it in the bag, she know what's bet....round and round and round she goes where it stops nobody knows
Oprah was in Switzerland attending Tina Turner's marriage. Tina also had that look on her face.
Keep seeing these comments by Squirrel on how everyone looks. Bet "Squirrel" describes his/her rat face.
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