The owner of a shop in Zurich where US talk show host Oprah Winfrey says she encountered racism has called the incident a "misunderstanding". Winfrey, one of the world´s richest women, claimed an assistant refused to serve her in an upmarket handbag shop. She was apparently told one of the bags on display was "too expensive" for her. Shop owner Trudie Gotz told the BBC that Winfrey was "absolutely allowed" to look at the $35,000 (£22,500) bag, which was kept behind a screen. "My salesperson wanted to give her the handbag in her hand. But she didn´t want
I love American Blacks who go to Europe and expect Europeans to act according to their American racial stereotypes.
European Whites must think the same as American Whites. What do they have in common? Skin color.
I am reminded of a American Black soldier trying to pick up Dutch Black women in Amsterdam. He used the same moves he would have used on American Black women. All it got him was turned-up noses and dirty looks. What did these women have in common? Skin color.
Personally, I think this episode says a lot about how Oprah perceives herself.
Oh, my. The oh-so-tolerant and very 1% Ms Winfrey has overlooked the fact that the Zurich salesperson does not speak English as a 1st language. There could truly be many language/communication issues involved. And, what a surprise! The Swiss do not automatically blame incidents like this on "racism" because their cultural history is different than ours. The oh-so-tolerant and very 1% Oprah should understand that the rest of the WORLD does not have to comply with the Oprah definition of racism.
Something about this doesn´t ring true. A sales-person, especially one who has been on the job for a number of years, doesn´t just refuse to allow a customer to see an item, and tell them, It´s too expensive, you can´t afford that.
I´m sorry, Ms. Winfrey, but you my dear, are a liar of the first order. It just doesn´t happen. Not to mention the fact that you say you calmly walked out of the store and didn´t make an issue of it. Hog wash! With your personality, you would have been taking that store apart, starting at the rafters, and a gaggle of media would have been there within fifteen minutes, with you loudly proclaiming Racism, Racism. That´s your personality.
Yeah, there´s something else going on. I don´t know what the diversion is, but she´s lying her fat posterior off about the whole thing.
Blacks are generally treated rather badly in many countries. American Blacks with the means to travel are often surprised to find that non-American white people are quite unapologetic about being white. PC is a largely American disease.
I believe there was a situation in Milwaukee, WI where Oprah´s mom didn´t pay her bill at a boutique. I have no information about the boutique owner other than she wanted the bill paid. I suppose it is racism if you expect someone to pay their bill.
This is incredulous. Unless someone says explicitly that they don´t want to sell to a person because of their skin color, a person cannot assume it is racism.
In this case, the bag is very expensive and Oprah may be a first customer. Caution came into play. There are times I have asked about something only to find out it is astronomically priced and regret asking.
Another racist screaming racism. Whenever these people run across someone who for whatever reason finds them repulsive they scream racism. I´m sure she calls God a racist for making snow white. People like this sound like they are afflicted with a paranoid personality disorder.
No. The europeans got their racist attitude from the USA. She either made this story up or she went out of her way to make the issue of racism where none existed. Are black people the only ones in the world who are discriminated against? It seems the black celebs are the ones who make the most outlandish claims of racism. Every day one speaks up. Take Rangel or was it Sharpton. Tea party is equal to Hitler. OMG.
This woman has always been a professional victim (one who makes money from that purported situation). She also, during her show, would let the guest get just so far in talking about THEIR problems, then take over the rest of the program talking about how her situation, while similar (whatever it might be)was always worse. Just for a laugh I would tune in to see how long it took (not long)for the discussion to turn to her.
#28 nails it 100%. When I saw her crack about FOX NEWS, I finally realized that despite the money and fame, Oprah is really like the other lo-fo black voters. Race is primary. It´s sad, truly sad. To think, all the women who have listened to her preach her New Age "values" all these years.
Yes, there was another incident in Europe, maybe Paris? She demanded that a shop stay open after hours so SHE could shop, but the shop owner wasn´t having any of it. I think she blames racism then as well. Having lived in Europe for ~ 5 years, I know some clerks-with-attitude might explain that an ultra-expensive item kept on a shelf behind the counter is "for display purposes" only because no one could afford it. If that´s what happened, perhaps Oprah didn´t hear or chose not to hear the "for display purposes only" part?
Are we really to believe that Oprah went into that shop by herself, without her entourage? Why didn´t she mention this earlier--or have "her people" talk to the shop owner privately? This really could have been a misunderstanding, given the language difference. Or maybe the sales clerk thought she was being helpful in steering a customer to a less expensive alternative. I have had salespersons do that for me. In any event, the most this shows is that even enlightened Europeans make judgments based on skin color. The real question is, why?
This is yet another instance of that fat old bag desperately hunting for racist slights where they don´t exist. I doubt that anything occurred at all. This reminds me of that kerfuffle at Hermes in Paris some years back when they wouldn´t let her in after hours. She was full of crap then; she´s full of crap now.
When does Harpo ever wander around without an entourage let alone walk into a tony shop unprotected? What shop anywhere that carries $35K purses (sorry, handbags) not have security roaming around? Did no one else witness this affront?
Did Harpo forget that she played the same card several years ago in Paris at a Hermes shop that refused entry to her and her ´people´ because the store was closed?
In both cases the stores apologized profusely and I´ll bet the poor shop girls involved are now seeking new employment.
Wonder what kind of racism Tina Turner has endured since she seems to have lived happily in Switzerland for years?
Not to mention the stink Oprah raised at a NY hotel a while back when told she couldn´t bring her dogs into her room.
I remember reading about an incident a few years ago in the posh Georgetown section of Washington DC, where apparently the shop owner actually expected Queen Oprah to use the stairs to reach the second floor shop, and Oprah´s assistant said "Oprah doesn´t do stairs."
Racism runs both directions. My family has owned several rental houses over the years, and we never discriminated when renting, however, 100% of the time, when we rented to blacks it never worked out. In one house we had a black man murder one of his guests, another family was dealing drugs, one turned the house into a meth lab, and several blacks just refused to pay rent after a few months, and they knew it would take 6-9 months to evict them, then they moved out in the night taking all the drapes, some plumbing, and one even took the stove and refrigerator, and all the drawers in the kitchen. Until the black community cleans up their image, they will always be viewed in a different light.
# 17 You are correct. It´s hard to keep Oprah´s claims of racism in high end European stores straight. In 2005 , Oprah and her female companion tried to enter the Hermes store in Paris ( $ 4,000 scarf ) and were refused entrance because..wait for it ..the store was closed. Oprah claimed racism then, too. I left a well known electronics store with a purchase that set off the alarm. I handed the bag with my receipt to the security guard, he deactivated the tag and I was on my way in about 30 seconds. Oprah would have called the NAACP and the Civil Rights Division of the DOJ.
This woman is pathetic. No matter how rich and famous she thinks she is, that huge chip on her shoulder weighs her down. Agree with other posters that this encounter is just a nasty attempt to bring attention to her movie. May the movie flop.
It is a pity that a decent billionairess like Oprah Winfrey is treated like a commoner. She is paying the price (albeit not $35K) for the excesses committed by a few uncivilized rogues who, unfortunately, have the same skin color as her.
Yo, Holder! Those darn Swiss bigots have treated one of "your people" badly. Take a couple of mil out of petty cash and go over there and get ´justice´ for this woman.
Switzerland sees the rich and famous from everywhere, and people of every color. Color me skeptical. Besides, what sales person doesn´t want the commission on a $35,000 purse??? This story seems a bit far fetched.
Oprah is the black female version of Barack Obama. A community agitator. She now wants to take their agitation world wide, the USA isn´t enough but now they branch out to try and disrupt race relations in other countries.
Possibly the clerk didn´t recognize Okra. (I almost didn´t, couldn´t find her under all that hair) The purse is $35,000. Would jeweler just hand a customer he didn´t know a $35,000 piece of jewelry? What if customer just ran out the door with the $35,000 piece of jewelry or purse. I don´t blame the clerk. Will be glad when this incident is old news and her fat self gets off the news. Or is it that our ´news people´ will talk any little old thing to death to keep from talking about the REAL news?
I´m leaning toward Oprah making the whole thing up for publicity. It´s possible she had a miscommunication in Zurich but that´s on her because she shouldn´t expect the entire world to speak English just so she can look at purses.
Oprah tells sad, tragic, victim stories for a living. It is her stock & trade. I think she told this story just to get publicity for herself & her new movie & also to brag that she travels to Switzerland & has the means to buy a very over-priced purse. OK, Oprah, you´ve made it big, your life has been hard & tragic & nobody knows the trouble you´ve seen. You still don´t impress me. Side note: I knew a girl in college who was from the Strasbourg area & her family owned a bar. They would not even serve blacks from the nearby military post. She didn´t like them & did not apologize for her feelings.
The director bragged about showing it to George H.W. and Barbara Bush, and crowed that "they hung their heads." Totally oblivious to the fact that President Bush´s father was a senator who voted for the civil rights bill and was active in the United Negro College Fund.
Oprah did this on purpose...making certain racism is on the front burner for that cowardly conversation Holder so badly wanted...racist propaganda by the race pimps....
.Oprah is just another back liberation theology Marxist Racist from reverend wrights church of perversions...
Stuff it Oprah...you´re done and cooked and your reputation is shot...blacks will never be trusted in high office again...Obama´s people have destroyed 50 years of good will.and special benefits...Affirmative Action is not equal justice...it is an extra helping not afforded all equal men..none are more equal under the constitution ...it´s a corruption of equality
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