Oprah’s Witch-Hunt

20110403-oprah-winfrey-intention-600x411Oprah Winfrey, who exploited her position as a billionaire, media mogul to attack a “racist” sales clerk at a Swiss boutique, began backpedaling away from her story on Tuesday, claiming she’s “really sorry that it got blown up.” Considering it was Oprah herself who brought the the story to national attention on Entertainment Tonight, such a non-apology rings exceedingly hollow — especially since her story has also “evolved” in the interim.

Oprah’s alleged tale of woe occurred last month when she was in Zurich, Switzerland to attend Tina Turner’s wedding. While there she went to a boutique, later identified as Trois Pomme, to buy a handbag that matched her dress. According to Winfrey, the sales clerk refused to show her a $38,000 bag because it was “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,” Winfrey told ET’s Nancy O’Dell. Oprah recounted the same story on Larry King, even as she told King she is not a person who “pulls the race card.”

That’s a remarkable assertion considering Winfrey recently asserted the death of Trayvon Martin and the death of 14-year-old Emmett Till in 1955 were the “same thing.” Martin was killed in an altercation with George Zimmerman, who pled self-defense and was acquitted. Till was killed by a group of white men who took him to a barn where they beat him, gouged out one of his eyes, shot him in the head, and dumped his body in a river, because he had flirted with a white woman. “Trayvon Martin, parallel to Emmett Till,” Oprah said in an interview. “Let me just tell you, in my mind, same thing.”

That’s not pulling the race card. That’s maxing it out.

After Oprah’s recounting of the incident in Zurich, the story became a media sensation. Store owner Trudi Goetz, who was also a guest at Turner’s wedding, apologized. “Everyone wants to sell a crocodile bag,” Ms. Goetz said. “It’s a misunderstanding.” Zurich trade president Markus Hunig condemned the snub as well. “It’s totally unacceptable. I’ve never heard of anything like it,” he claimed.

Even the Swiss Tourism Office apologized for the alleged “racist” treatment Winfrey said she received. “We are totally ashamed about what happened,” said spokesman Daniela Bar. “This sales assistant was completely in the wrong. We apologize on behalf of Swiss tourism for what happened. This was a one-off and will not have a long lasting effect on the popularity of Switzerland, but the saleswoman should apologize to Oprah Winfrey.”

Thus, the stage was set. All the saleswoman had to do was play her anticipated role in this drama and all would have undoubtedly been forgiven and forgotten.

The problem? The sales clerk wasn’t having any of it. “I don’t know why she is making these accusations,” the unidentified woman told Swiss paper SonntagsBlick. “She is so powerful, and I am just a shop girl. I didn’t hurt anyone. I don’t know why someone as great as her must cannibalize me on TV. It is absolutely not true that I declined to show her the bag on racist grounds….I would never say something like that to a customer. I explained to her the bags come in different sizes and materials, like I always do. She looked at a frame behind me. Far above there was the 35,000 Swiss franc crocodile leather bag. I simply told her it was like the one I held in my hand, only much more expensive, and that I could show her similar bags.”

That was more than enough for Trudi Goetz, who is now standing behind her employee. She said there would be no repercussions for the 37-year-old Italian woman, who has been “working for me for five years and is an excellent seller.” Goetz characterized the exchange differently as well. “Oprah came into the business, wanted to see the crocodile bag,” Goetz explained. “She inquired about the price. When my saleswoman told her that it cost 35,000 francs and then offered to show her cheaper ones, she walked away.” She further noted that Winfrey is “so very sensitive” and that she finds it regrettable that Winfrey “has come to this service from exactly the wrong way.”

Apparently Winfrey was beginning to feel the heat. During a Tuesday interview on the red carpet for “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” her first movie role in 15 years, Winfrey surmised the people who encounter her in stores are unaware that she carries the black card, which is an invitation-only credit card issued by American Express. Thus, such people can only make an assessment of Winfrey, “based on the way I look and who I am.”

Here’s where the story gets interesting. Last week on ET, Winfrey contended that while she wasn’t wearing her eyelashes she was “in full Oprah Winfrey gear; Donna Karan skirt, sandals.” On Tuesday, she embellished that description. “I didn’t have anything that said ‘I have money,’” Winfrey explained. “I wasn’t wearing a diamond stud. I didn’t have a pocketbook. I didn’t wear Louboutin shoes. I didn’t have anything.” She then reiterated her accusation. “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.”

So what did happen? Exactly what someone deeply familiar with the machinations of the media and entertainment industry more than likely wanted to happen, namely, the creation of a huge media buzz perfectly timed for the opening of her latest movie. Breitbart’s John Nolte reaches a similar conclusion, wondering if it occurred to anyone in the media that “such an anecdote mixed with the promotion of a film based on a racial theme might be a little too neat?”

The unidentified salesclerk who served Winfrey cannot be located because, according to Goetz, she is currently afraid of “public hatred.” Meanwhile, the same mainstream media that dutifully reported Winfrey’s version of the events, absent any investigation, is talking about the “Oscar buzz” being generated by Winfrey’s performance in the movie. The bet here is it’s no better than the one she has generated at the expense of a powerless shop clerk.

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  • West_Coast

    An honorary co-chair and chief officer of Grievance, INC., Oprah Winfrey.

  • camp7

    Poor Oprah Winfrey, someone in Switzerland didn’t recognize the importance of ‘her highness’ and dissed her by offering another bag. pffft…

    “Egotism – usually just a case of mistaken nonentity.”

    • objectivefactsmatter

      “Poor Oprah Winfrey, someone in Switzerland didn’t recognize the importance of ‘her highness’ and dissed her by offering another bag. pffft…”

      Dissed her by failing to read her mind, or whatever. Or treating her like the literal queen or king of the world that can have anything and price is never a consideration, ever!

      It’s all about race because that never happens to white people.

      Is she insane? I”m sure she’s never been to Switzerland as a white person.

      And it would have been considered exploitation to offer her only the most expensive variant.

      It really is getting worse. These people are completely deranged. Oprah and others like her need to just retire and stop seeking media attention for “grievances.”

      I’ve never been more disgusted by a lunatic media mogul.

      • camp7

        “Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears.”
        ~ Marcus Aurelius

        I never watched Oprah. I read she has some good qualities. It seems she has the influence to neutralize some of the current racial tension, but instead, she chose to play a victim to continue the perception of white racism. I conjecture part of that behavior is to bring attention to herself. That’s what celebrities do, focus on themselves, obsessively.

        In the process of doing so she has harmed the reputation of a professional blue-collar working sales person that now feels threatened and may experience a financial loss over a trivial issue concerning Oprah’s feelings. Says a lot more about Oprah’s character than it does the Swiss clerk’s.

        The race card can be played in perpetuity. Playing the race card references a metaphoric game of winners and losers – assailants and victims. Like most games, the rules are pre-conditioned, only in this case by liberal apologists and political designers for the sake of ideological dominance.

        That’s why people are attracted to sites like FRONTPAGE MAG et al. We know this isn’t a game, it’s real life and we don’t choose to be victims of assailants of the truth.

  • Father Dacius

    It dos seem more and more like a fascist state.

    • Rocky Mountain

      Switzerland is a fascist state?

    • Demetrius Minneapolis

      You must be commenting on Obama’s New America?

    • objectivefactsmatter

      “It dos seem more and more like a fascist state.”

      Which state?

      • Father Dacius

        Sorry, i meant ours.

  • miamigarner

    God also made men that weren’t created in his image.

    Deuteronomy 7:6: “For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God: the Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.” The Adamic Race is to have dominion over every form of life previously created. This includes not only the four legged beasts, but the two legged as well. The Negro is an articulate member of this Beast Creation. For proof that they are beasts, and God calls them exactly that.

    Exodus 9:9: “And it shall become small dust in all the land of Egypt, and shall be a boil breaking forth with blains upon man, and upon beast, throughout all the land of Egypt.”You can be sure God was not punishing four legged beasts by afflicting them with boils.

    Jeremiah 21:6: “And I will smite the inhabitants of this city, both man and beast: they shall die of a great pestilence.”

    Would God refer to a four legged beast as an inhabitant of a city?

    Jeremiah 27:6: “And now have I given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant; and the beasts of the field have I given him also to serve him.”

    The Negro race has always been used as servants.

    BLAME GOD DON’T BLAME THE WHITE MAN

    • Phil McMorrow

      You have lost it , Bud. Better switch to decaf.

      • miamigarner

        After seeing them rich and famous “elite” black people defending trayvon martin and ignoring the black on white attacks. I’ve lost almost all respect and trust for the whole race.
        Time for the truth to be known.
        There animals.

    • tagalog

      GOD IS RESPONSIBLE FOR EVERYTHING!!!

      • cjkcjk

        God may be responsible for giving you free will, but he’s not responsible for your poor choices of which your comment is one.

        • tagalog

          You mean God is NOT responsible for everything?
          Really?

          • cjkcjk

            You mean you don’t have the mental capacity to understand what I said, really?

          • objectivefactsmatter

            God has total sovereignty, much of it delegated to man.

            You’re both right.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      “For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God: the Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.”

      Chosen to be the authors and witnesses to the Bible, and to bring forth the Messiah.

      It has nothing to do with superiority or authority. You’re just as deranged as the leftist lunatics.

      And by the way, many Jews were “black.” It’s not about genetics. In some cases, ancestry was tracked in order to provide testimony about who did what and to track lineage for the messiah.

      The rest of your inferences are based on malignant wishful thinking that insecure people cling to when they have nothing else.

  • roxanne_wodtli

    Don’t go to see “The Butler” as long as she supports those type of views against people who have little money from any country. To go on TV with all her $$ and then espouse her views about others as well is wrong.

    • Rocky Mountain

      But you can espouse your views and its ok? I don’t like Oprah’s show and have only caught bits of it over the many years its been on and consider myself a card carrying conservative but calls for suppression or boycotts based on other people’s views – especially when they’re not especially extreme – are pretty hypocritical coming from our side when we putatively support free speech. Don’t go to the movie; I certainly won’t, but its not because of her views. I saw all the “Bourne” movies but I don’t agree with everything Matt Damon says. A very high percentage of movies are made by people whose views are in complete opposition to what FPM readers support so if you’re going to boycott Oprah you might as well boycott the rest if you’re going to be consistent.

      • TheOrdinaryMan

        Winfrey has the right to espouse her views, on her own show, of course. But when you say, “…boycotts based on other people’s views…are pretty hypocritical coming from our side….”, you’re forgetting something. Namely, the element of coercion that’s involved when Winfrey–and others–play the race card. The race card isn’t just about espousing your views; it involves silencing whoever its directed at, and forcing that person to please the person who’s using it. So boycotts against race baiters aren’t hypocritical; because race baiters want to silence free speech. By the way, thank God for this shop girl–she has a backbone. More power to her, and those like her.

        • Rocky Mountain

          She’s or the media is not coercing anybody. If you feel coerced I think that’s pretty strange especially since many, many people on both sides of the political spectrum feel utterly unconstrained about making social and political comments of varying degrees of acceptability and as far as I can tell no one has suffered any consequences – other than dissenting commenters – at all. And this “race baiter’ theme while sometimes useful is not, IMO, in this case.

          BTW, if anybody has been ‘coerced’ it was probably the shop girl. (not sexist, that is it?) As I’ve tried to point out there is plenty of room for misinterpretation in all human interactions but once this went ‘public’ courtesy of the often savagely voracious press looking to stir any pot in site, the shop owner had to do something. Whether the ‘shop girl’ was courageous for forced to say something I don’t know and neither do you.

          • TheOrdinaryMan

            I wasn’t referring to physical coercion; although the article does comment that the shop girl can’t be located, because she’s afraid of the hatred of strangers. If you think that focused media attention can’t be used as a form of coercion; then what was the purpose of Winfrey’s mentioning this incident to the media? There are other ways to drum up publicity for a show or film, than to do it at the expense of an innocent; and Winfrey surely understands THAT. It sounds like what probably happened was that store procedure required the expensive handbag NOT be shown to anyone.(If they can’t show it to anyone, they can’t show it to Oprah) To say, “I don’t know and neither do you,” is a cop out. “As far as I can tell, no one has suffered any consequences,” say you. What about the fact that the shop girl can’t be located? How many days of work will she lose? And if you’re referring to the consequences of political correctness/use of the race card; I invite you to spend the next few weeks reading articles on this web site, that detail the pernicious consequences of PC. One thing I do know–you’re not a “Card carrying conservative,” as you call yourself above.

          • TheOrdinaryMan

            And by the way, Rocky Mountain, when you say, “as far as I can tell nobody–other than dissenting commenters–have suffered any consequences–at all,” you made my point above; that the race card is intended to stifle free speech. Thank you.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            “If you think that focused media attention can’t be used as a form of coercion; then what was the purpose of Winfrey’s mentioning this incident to the media?”

            It’s intense social pressure. It’s coercion to the extent that she can manage.

            co·er·cion [koh-ur-shuhn]

            noun

            1. the act of coercing; use of force or intimidation to obtain compliance.

            2. force or the power to use force in gaining compliance, as by a government or police force.

            I’d say it’s relatively soft coercion if we compare it to sharia, but it is coercion. As much as they can get away with.

            What are these “occupy” movements about? Debate? Please.

          • ziggy zoggy

            Winfrey is using her fame and influence to peddle a lie about pervasive White privilege and anti-Black racism. That is coercion.

          • nightspore

            Not coerced? Then why is the shop-girl in hiding?

      • Stepped In What?

        If you’re a conservative, then I’m a ballet dancer.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        “I don’t like Oprah’s show and have only caught bits of it over the many years its been on and consider myself a card carrying conservative but calls for suppression or boycotts based on other people’s views – especially when they’re not especially extreme ”

        Opting out of commerce is not suppression of views. It’s refusing to compensate those you disagree with. Their views are not suppressed.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        “I saw all the “Bourne” movies but I don’t agree with everything Matt Damon says…”

        Do what you want, but you wouldn’t be “suppressing his views” if you opted out of paying to see his lousy films.

        Go see “Green Zone” then. Show us your socially just diversity and all of that nonsense.

        “A very high percentage of movies are made by people whose views are in complete opposition to what FPM readers support so if you’re going to boycott Oprah you might as well boycott the rest if you’re going to be consistent.”

        Each of us must make those decisions.

    • tagalog

      I’m not going to see “The Butler” anyway, but for the reason that its subject matter isn’t that interesting to me. The movie, from the previews I’ve seen on TV, appears to be just another story highlighting the oppression of black people by white America. I already know that story in many scenarios posed by the movies in the past, and I’ll skip this particular one, thanks.

  • http://littlenotesfromparis.blogspot.fr/ Rita

    She is just emulating the POTUS – who also was allegedly a victim of racism once in a shop -

    • wildjew

      You are so right. Watch this segment from last night’s O’Reilly show. This author, Kate Obenshain, is right on the mark about the source of dissatisfaction in America. Obama (the “Divider in Chief) is setting the tone.

      http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/oreilly/index.html#http://video.foxnews.com/v/2606823419001/most-americans-dissatisfied-with-america/?playlist_id=86923

      • http://littlenotesfromparis.blogspot.fr/ Rita

        Thanks for that video. This Kate Obenshain not only makes so much sense, but she also made me realise that this preaching “we are the victims” and the “divide and rule” mantra is exactly what the left government here (Australia) has been preaching for the last 6 years. No wonder the Left gets on so well with the islamists, who will stab you and then claim victimhood for themselves.
        Victimhood is the new black ;)

        • objectivefactsmatter

          “Victimhood is the new black ;)”

          The only thing that has really changed is that the collectivists are gaining in the race for cultural hegemony.

          • ziggy zoggy

            The islamopithecines are gaining, too. Not militarily but culturally. They start out with passive aggressive whining about victimhood but when their numbers in Western countries grow, they turn to violence.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            True, but they’re not doing it based openly on Islamic ideology. They’re aping the leftists. Plus Islam is collectivist.

          • ziggy zoggy

            The victimhood angle, P.R. and court cases come from the left but islamopithecines don’t need lessons on gang rapes, murders and their other wonderful cultural pastimes.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            I see your point. You’re right in any place they’ve managed to create sharia zones and so forth. No doubt. And those are mere bases to attack from.

  • panola60

    She played the race card back in 2005 too when a store was
    closed and would not open just so she could shop. Disgusting!!!!

    • objectivefactsmatter

      Good call. I remember that now too. You’re right. Who the F does she think she is? What a delusional freak. She obviously goes around and measures every experience according to the question she asks herself; what if I was white?

      She’d be poor. But what she constantly wonders is what if I had all of this AND I was white? And then when reality doesn’t match up with her imagined parallel universe, she cries racism. Because she just knows.

      Most of her income comes from white fans too. But still, her job is to stamp out all racists! Even in Switzerland!

  • Elizabeth Cape Cod

    I’ve seen photos of Oprah without hair and makeup. I don’t know what she looked like that day, but sometimes she looks like she can’t afford a cup of coffee – and THAT has nothing to do with being black.
    Pricey merchandise is behind the counter and out of reach for a reason. You don’t just hand over this stuff to someone who might run out the store with it. The apprehension of this would apply to anyone might look like they can’t afford something so expensive.
    I want photos..

  • Rocky Mountain

    At the end of the day there’s scope for misinterpretation in every single interaction between people. And at the end of the day its the G#$D#$$ press, left, right, center, MSM, bloggers, pundits or whoever that wants things constantly ginned up so readers and axe grinders can express outrage, concern, pleasure, sadness, shock, etc. and keep the mill wheel of salacious gossip turning. Even I as a white male have had the occasional shop personnel look askance at my presence or sneer at my inquiries, so why wouldn’t Oprah encounter something that didn’t seem quite right? Of course, the shop assistant is going to deny it. Wouldn’t you? And I’m not taking sides here at all I just think this is the nature of almost all human encounters, especially between strangers. This is not newsworthy and its certainly something well beneath the news and editorial objectives of FPM which I read daily and have for years.

    • JeffWRidge

      I have to disagree. This is a proper story for FPM, and other outlets, to cover. As you say, this is a case of the word of one person going against the word of another person. The difference here being that Oprah used her fame, and the large bully pulpit that comes with it, to attack the saleswoman as racist. If Oprah had not gone public with this alleged incident, then, and only then, would it have not been newsworthy.

      I too will not take sides, but I will point out a problem with Oprah’s actions. The saleswoman could have easily lost her job if Goetz had not decided to give her the benefit of the doubt. Add to that, that since we live in the internet age where very little remains secret, the clerk’s name could easily become public knowledge.

      If the saleswoman’s identity were to become publicly known she could be smeared for life as a racist, which could well have also made it exceedingly hard for her to find work. Her entire life could be negatively impacted. Her name could still become publicly known, and as we’ve seen in the Zimmerman case, when it comes to charges of racism it doesn’t always matter what the facts are.

      Oprah made this a public issue. All FPM is doing is shining light on the story from a different angle than the one that Oprah was using.

      • Rocky Mountain

        I like disagreement especially when its civil. The disagreement that is distinctly unappealing is the kind that starts off with calls for a boycott and finishes with some middle school name calling. Of course, FPM can publish anything they like but I personally think this was utterly unnecessary pot stirring and gets very close to the essence of a tabloid. You know, despite many of her social views conservatives should really like Oprah because she is a self-made woman. I think at the bottom of a lot of people’s ire is just simple envy of her money and that would probably extend to many rich white people too. Anyway, if what happened in Switzerland was even partially true I’m sure that many, many white celebrities have acted in a similar manner.

        • JeffWRidge

          I generally try to be civil, though there are times when dealing with individuals who are less than civil that I become rather discourteous as well, to say the least. You have been polite, thus I follow suit.

          Did I miss something in the article about having a boycott of Ms. Winfrey, or by Winfrey of the store in question? I know there are some on both sides who frequently call for boycotts, but I was unaware of such a call by either the author of this article, or by Winfrey.

          Personally, I am fairly indifferent about Oprah Winfrey. The only time she gets my attention is when she interjects herself into politics and engages in race-baiting, which she has a history of doing.

          I’m not going to attempt to discern whether people are critical of Winfrey based on envy of her wealth/success. There is no way to determine that, so I won’t even try. Yes, white celebrities (and non-celebrities) are no less prone to misreading situations and assuming the worse motives for the actions/words of other people. That seems to be a human trait.

          I’m sorry, I do think that she attacked the saleswoman as racist. What else does it mean when Oprah states that the saleswoman judged her based on her appearance? She is claiming that the clerk refused to show her the bag because of her color.

          One of the links in the article leads to a Youtube video of her speaking to Larry King about having to confront racism in stores and references the incident in Switzerland. If she is not claiming that that incident was racist, then why bring it up in that context?

        • ziggy zoggy

          What boycott? And Stalin, Hitler and Mao were all self made men.

    • Iamexpert

      I agree. And even the store and clerk confirm that Oprah was never shown the bag she wanted to see, they just deny it was racial, but of course they’ll deny that.

      • Rocky Mountain

        Again, it may be true but can you see that the store clerk had very strong reasons to deny Oprah’s version? I’m not even saying that Oprah might be everything many of the commenters have alleged I’m suggested that the author is indulging in a bit of salacious tale-telling to provoke a lot sneering comments.

        • ziggy zoggy

          The author is exposing racist hypocricy and Black skin privilege during a tyrannical Presidential reign that claims the exact opposite is the norm wherever Whites can be found.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      “Even I as a white male have had the occasional shop personnel look askance at my presence or sneer at my inquiries, so why wouldn’t Oprah encounter something that didn’t seem quite right?”

      Dead right.

      “Of course, the shop assistant is going to deny it. Wouldn’t you?”

      The salesperson had a far more plausible story. It’s exactly what I’d expect a retail rep to do. She defended herself because she was confident she was doing her job. No I would not lie because someone like Oprah, had she been telling the truth, could have possibly had recordings. There is now why I’d defend myself with anything that could be contradicted by recordings, even if I didn’t care about my own sense of integrity.

  • m4253y

    To Arnold Alhert, good article but like any reporter, if you did a bit of research on the subject you would have added greater weight and emphasis if you recounted the similar accusation the cow purported in Paris a few years back, almost identical that was proven false then as is now.

    the cow is a race baiting opportunist that the simple white folk who made her a billionaire will hopefully tire of her soon enough…

    • Iamexpert

      Oprah’s claims were true both times, as proven by the fact that the stores both refused to release the surveillance video. Sorry but racial (and other types) of social profiling really do occur all the time at high end retail stores because clerks work on commission and must make snap judgements about who is and who isn’t worthy of their time

      • m4253y

        you are so full of it…her word is good enough for you? because they won’t release security videos?

        who requested the videos?

        have you ever heard of PRIVACY LAWS? get your head out of your racially devided a$$ naive one

      • Luca

        If racial profiling occurred, then Oprah should be mad at the many criminal blacks who have created the truthful stereotype of blacks as more likely to be thieves. The good must suffer because of the actions of the bad. Meanwhile, Oprah probably misinterpreted or exaggerated and was probably pissed the shop-girl didn’t recognize her and give her the purse for free. How hard is it to be a billionaire and cry racism? She had no business mentioning one shred of this incident.

      • Trappedincalifornia

        Have worked in sales all my life and sales people only care about one color and that’s green.

        Do you work professionally as an Oprah apologist or is it just a hobby for you.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        “Oprah’s claims were true both times, as proven by the fact that the stores both refused to release the surveillance video.”

        They failed to release the video to impartial investigators. Really?

        Or did they refuse to give additional ammunition to Oprah the media queen knowing how editing can make nearly any story seem more even plausible when accompanied by whining, lying leftists?

  • davarino

    She’s got that kind of money? We need to tax the hell out of her. What does she need a 38000 handbag for anyway? Shouldnt she be donating her time to charity?

  • Iamexpert

    Oprah never outed the clerk or the store; the store outed themselves to get free advertising for the $38,000 handbag. and the clerk remains anonymous. If the store did nothing wrong they would release the surveillance video so obviously Oprah’s version is correct. Sales clerks work on commission and MUST make snap judgements about customers based on how they look, so in a country where they don’t know Oprah, of course they’re going to assume that some black looking black woman can’t afford a $38,000 handbag and are not going to want to waste valuable time showing her that purse when they could be pursuing more productive sales.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      You forgot an “e,” mr. lame expert.

  • Demetrius Minneapolis

    Is it conceivable that there was a language barrier/miscommunication here? I mean even if someone speaks english/french/german.arabic etc, there are local colloquialisms that we don’t understand and the situation can be misread. Or is it just easier to cry racism?

  • jacques

    And PETA says nothing about purchasing an animal´s skin bag?

  • logdon

    Rich black privilege versus a European white shop girl who was trying to help.

    The touchy black manipulates that help into defamation, manufactures racial slandering out of thin air, and off we go.

    Next time give her the 35,000 franc bag and laugh as the idiot walks out.

    If fact why not put a sign on the door. Touchy gullible blacks welcome.

    • Rocky Mountain

      A touchy black or an arrogant Swiss shop girl? Have you ever been to an expensive shop and looked down upon just a little? I have and I’m a white male generally cleaned up pretty well.

      If Oprah bought the bag then I think she would have the last laugh.

      • LoJoFo

        We should all assume the best, no matter what the other person does.

      • logdon

        Au contaire. She doesn’t sound arrogant to me, however Winfrey does.

        She’s the one throwing her considerable weight around.

      • ziggy zoggy

        Winfrey’s story has turned out to be a lie. That is why the store owner has stood up for the shop girl. Winfrey is an elitist who thinks she’s a Queen.

    • delete delete

      Sounds too much like the same old accusation–the uppity n word plural. Perhaps it’s time that non-whites receive the same nod to privilege as whites have enjoyed for years.

  • LindaRivera

    Very sad for the poor white woman. How could she possibly win against very powerful, extremely wealthy billionaire, Oprah Winfrey, who used her fame and power to demonize a little shop girl.

  • tagalog

    The sales person says “You can’t afford it” to Oprah Winfrey, and Oprah Winfrey interprets that as racist?

    (1) what does that say about Oprah Winfrey’s perception of black people?

    (2) the sales person looks at Oprah Winfrey and Oprah Winfrey infers that the person is seeing her as a black person? What does that say about Oprah Winfrey’s perception of herself as an object rather than as an individual?

    (3) Oprah Winfrey believes that the sales person was being racist. What does that say about Oprah Winfrey’s attitude toward the non-black people she deals with? Are they assumed to be racist against her until they prove otherwise?

    Or was the situation simply a celebrity being miffed that she wasn’t recognized as a famous person on sight by some Swiss person?

    The government of Switzerland apologizes to Oprah Winfrey? What does that apology say about the government of Switzerland vis-à-vis them and the people they govern?

    • LoJoFo

      Yes, on number 3. I used to work with the public in the southern U.S. I could see black people looking at me as I spoke with them, looking for evidence of discomfort on my part, which they would then interpret as racism. It makes for an uncomfortable encounter. It disrupts the thinking process, as one has to deal with the other person’s prejudice, as well as what one is trying to convey about one’s business.

  • glennd1

    What’s sad is that anyone cares what some overpaid, washed up talk show host and third rate actor has to say. And even Oprah’s own statements now are absurd. She claims that the store should show anyone any item if they ask. Wow, I wonder how many lies she’s going to tell? Anyone – white or other should dress down and go into a boutique on 5th avenue or other negihborhoods in NYC and try to get a clerk to show them a 20k outfit or 5k pair of shoes. They will not. You may not even get in the door in some of the more tony one’s as they only buzz people in who look the part. And guess what? That is their right. If such places let every person who walked in the store handle high end merch, that’s all they would do all day.

    I used to be a yacht broker (not high end, but mid six figures). One of the favorite past times of many a person is to “shop” for a boat, often with their girlfriend or kids. In that business, it’s standard practice for a yacht broker to ignore most people who come in to the office or on boats in a boat show. I would not even pay attention to someone until the came in for a second time. And my first question was what kind of boat they had now. If I didn’t get the right feeling, I would simply stop talking to them and walk away or tell them I had to go deal with a client. Fyi, 99% of shoppers in the boat business are in no way able to buy and maintain a $500,000 boat. It can easily cost 50-100k per year to own and run such a boat. You need to make 1 million or more a year to really be able to even think about such a luxury.

    If Oprah walked onto one of my highest end boats at a boat show, I wouldn’t even have spoken with her if I didn’t recognize her. If she tapped me on the shoulder and asked me to show her around the boat, I would ask her what she sailed now. And I didn’t get a good answer, I would tell her I was going on break and walk away leaving her gasping like a fish. And it had nothing to do with color. I’m sure this shopgirl does the exact same thing. Elite consumer goods are for the elite, and if you don’t present yourself as an elite, don’t be surprised when you are dissed and dismissed.

    • Karma

      As I mentioned elsewhere, the fact that this shop girl let Oprah look at a $5k bag is pretty much proof that she was not racist. How many people A) COULD and B) WOULD pay $5k for a bag? Bump that up to $35k and you reduce those few numbers by 95%. Honestly, there are only a handful of people in this entire world who would seriously be able to even consider such a thing. The sales girl is clearly much smarter than Oprah.

      • glennd1

        Even funnier is that it’s de facto a social status based world in that kind of elite store. The entire reason that one buys a 38k bag is for status. She should not be shocked that superficial things like appearance and dress are used as cues by people in such settings since that is what they are trading in in the first place. Sure, race probably comes into play, but only as an indicator of likely social status.

        The real test of whether racism was present would be after she established herself as someone of the appropriate status by say flashing her Amex black card. If after being known as an elite she was then dissed in favor of a person of another race, well then she might have some kind of real gripe.

        Oprah’s always been a jerk. One of my sisters loved her show and I would try to watch it from time to when I was able to (rarely) and on each occasion I couldn’t get through 15 minutes of her pathetic, pandering, pop culture, anti-intellectual drivel. To treat her like she has some standing in our society only reveals the debased nature of our society in the first place.

        • Karma

          My first husband was extremely well off (trust fund baby) and I am a jeans and T-shirt woman. I can’t tell you how many times people would scrutinize and erroneously profile me at various places, like buying a Lincoln Navigator with my Amex. I understand that I give up certain things by dressing and acting in a certain way, but personally, I would much rather people not be able to guess how much money I have by looking at me.

          One of the funniest moments was when I popped in the bank after a new VP came in. I was wearing a Grateful Dead TShirt and jeans, no makeup and hair in a ponytail. He kind of blew me off at first, then looked at my balances and his jaw visibly dropped, and he actually sputtered, like in an old cartoon. I was profiled, but it certainly wasn’t racism. Call me crazy, but I have to admit I got a twisted sense of amusement watching people go from haughty to humble,as soon as they realized their error.

  • BenJabo1Machal

    Since Oprah is black, one and all must bow down to her color

    • tagalog

      Black Americans, the new aristocracy.

  • jeanee5tam

    well, since there is blow back, she NOW is talking about her *almost* nervous breakdown…..poor Oprah, it’s hard being rich black woman now days……

  • Darrell

    This isn’t the first time Oprah has lied.

    • Iamexpert

      True. Still waiting for the first time

  • Carlos SpicyWeener

    Stay “classy” Oprah.

  • laura rubin

    the sales girl was selling normally, as she would w/anyone else. they give the price, then mention they have less expensive ones. (or different colors etc). they want to make sure the customer does not walk away. SO, oprah was treated as anyone else. she dosnt like this, she wants special privaleges. also this is a great way to promote the movie. (poor blacks buying $35,000 bags, kind of a stretch).

  • Seek

    “Anchorwoman — The Legend of Oprah Burgundy.” This is a newsroom comedy you won’t see. Stay classy, girl.

  • nimbii

    So, some stranger strolls into the store and wants to see a 35,000 franc purse. If I were the clerk and alone in the front of the store I would be hesitant to put it into the stranger’s hands as I would if it were a jewelry store and the stranger wanted to try on a diamond ring worth the same.

  • Trappedincalifornia

    Sure, lets give Oprah an Oscar for harassing this poor shop girl to the point she’s gone into hiding because she’s in fear for her life. What a wonderful thing for one of the richest, most powerful women in the world to do.

    I wouldn’t go to Oprah’s new movie if she offered to buy me the 38k purse!

    • Iamexpert

      how was the girl harassed. Oprah kept her anonymous

      • ziggy zoggy

        Her name is known and which shop she works at.

  • nomoretraitors

    I don’t reflexively cringe when someone cries “racism,” but my question is why did the sales clerk take it upon herself to decide what a customer — any customer — can or cannot afford. That would be determined at the cash register.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      Oprah “interpreted” this thought crime. That’s not what happened.

      Professional salespeople learn to diplomatically qualify the customer. Oprah would have none of it. The fact that Oprah perceived that she might have any concerns about price was interpreted by her as racism because she believes that whites are treated as if they are never concerned about price.

      And Oprah even admitted (unless I misunderstood the follow up) that she WOULD NOT have paid that much for the bag, ever. So….

      What a clueless race-baiter.

  • EamonnDublin

    “White Trash Bitch didn’t recognise me – I’ll sort HER out!!” Éamonn, Dublin, Ireland.

  • rbla

    The long tentacles of BRA (Black Run America) now reach into Switzerland.

  • Chris

    Most definitely, Oprah needs to apologize to the shop clerk…publicly.

    • Iamexpert

      nonsense. The clerk should apologize

      • ziggy zoggy

        Why? The story was a lie.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          Because like Zimmerman, she’s close enough to being white.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        For being “white” (Mediterranean) and failing to submit to the new world order.

  • nomoretraitors

    I wonder what happened to my previous post so I’ll post it again. I don’t reflexively jump when someone cries “racism,” but how is it the job of a sales clerk to determine what a customer — any customer — can or cannot afford? That would be determined at the checkout register

  • herb benty

    So the super rich, especially in entertainment, continues their attempt to parrot Obama’s ” rampant white racism” crisis, a near non-existent problem, for which only the infiltrated and indoctrinated Dems have the answer for. And the Grand Plan unfolds.

  • k9base2012

    $38k could feed a lot of hungry jobless White crackers in the USA.me thinks.

    • sosmartru

      If I were like you, I’d say it could also feed a lot of black n–, but I don’t use such language, unlike you.

      • k9base2012

        ha ha =i am a white cracker !!

  • Roy

    I dont like most blacks . Not because they are black but because how most of them behave . in the Netherlands , where I am from , they are responsible for a large share of crime and violence . on top of that most of them dont work but are on welfare . This is the truth . Am I now a racist for statin g facts ? .

    • objectivefactsmatter

      “This is the truth . Am I now a racist for statin g facts ?”

      You might be if you fail to look at underlying cultural reasons.

      Thank your leftist politicians for training certain people to glean from your society both legally and illegally. They do it here too. And it has nothing to do with the color of their skin unless they choose to organize culturally around their skin color.

  • sosmartru

    Oprah is full of it. I used to be a fan. She is acting like a huge racist.

  • Johnnnyboy

    Who gives a rip why she was dissed, to ask a rhetorical question. I am so tired of this stupid sensitivity game. Okay, if she wandered into a white mob, they played their knock out game with her and left her bleeding and maybe brain damaged… Well, hey, the press would ignore the event if she did not fit into one of the privileged minority classes.

  • El Desdichado

    So…who is this Oprah? Why did she want such a costly bag anyway?

    • objectivefactsmatter

      Greedy 1-percenter.

  • Waiting

    It’s just my opinion, maybe, but her imitation of the sales clerk’s voice didn’t sound like the woman was from Switzerland or Italy. Ms. W sounded as though she wished to portray the less-wealthy woman as being from a third-world nation.
    Besides that, how many have been to an upscale shoe store and all of the shoes on display are way too small for the ordinary foot? Some shops display smaller, cheaper, sizes and only bring in the “real deal” when a customer wishes to put down the dough. And: If someone runs out with the goods, at least it’s the cheaper goods and not the high-end stuff.
    She should just get over it. Some of us have been really put down due to the perception we didn’t have the money, when in reality, we did. Repeat: just get over it, and stop thinking too much of yourself.

    • Karma

      If you have seen the pictures of her, her lesbian lover and her security people walking around in Switzerland, it would be obvious why one would assume she couldn’t afford a bag like that. They look like they just walked out of Walmart. Honestly though, the fact that the salesgirl would show her a $5,000 bag is kind of proof that this was not racism.I personally know a lot of people who could AFFORD such a bag – and not a single one who would ever actually buy one. What can a $5,000 purse do, that a hundred dollar one can’t?

  • Karma

    Coincidentally, Oprah had a similar racist snub at the Hermes store, which refused to let her in because she is black, just before the opening of her last crappy movie. Which was also a racially charged movie. Hey – if it worked then, why not now? Does anyone, ANYONE, believe this happened twice to the same woman, under the same circumstance? Oh, and the first time, Oprah was supposedly buying a watch for Tina Turner – this time it was a bag for her wedding. I wonder if these two black racists come up with these stories together?

  • DennisMets

    to think they witch hunt for deen and this hoe can be as racist as she pleases with the black skin privilage

  • Gislef

    So is Italian-born “white” now?

    • objectivefactsmatter

      It’s flexible. Very flexible.

  • CurmudgyOne

    What this whole episode confirms to me is that we are all vulnerable … vulnerable to being slighted by someone who doesn’t recognize “who we are.” It has happened to all of us at one time or another. The only difference with Oprah is that she has the public voice to make too big a deal of it and wreck this retail shop clerk’s week, month, year … etc. Instead of being so SMALL about it, Oprah should do her best to equal the stature she holds in the business community; she could do that by apologizing to the girl for not identifying herself. Heck, if she showed up on my doorstep without her makeup and her bodyguards, I’d look through the peephole and not even open the door to her. (And before the “racist” flames begin, I don’t open the door to ANYONE I don’t know, of any age, race or apparent socioeconomic status. It’s about my time, and what I can decide to do with it.)

  • CurmudgyOne

    I’m reading a book right now titled “Somebodies and Nobodies.” Oprah would do well to read it, and heed it.

  • Super Genius

    The store clerk apparently is hiding out with the Missouri rodeo clown.

  • Friend of Switzerland

    Oprah should have known that the racism card does not play out as well in Europe as it does in America. People here are not that intimitated into subjugation throwing around by baseless accusations.

    If she comes again with such a bad faith across the pond, I’d advise she better stay at home because we don’t need that kind of trouble makers here.

  • miamigarner

    After seeing them rich and famous “elite” black people defending trayvon martin and ignoring the black on white attacks. I’ve lost almost all respect and trust for the whole race.
    Time for the truth to be known.
    There animals.

  • Micha_Elyi

    Another race card gets declined. Oprah’s a billionaire and still, account overdrawn.

  • bob e

    how would ya’ like ta’ wake up next to her in the mornin’..eh ??

  • Christopher Riddle

    This whole thing was NOTHING More than a STUNT to attract attention to her PHONY MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anamah

    A selfish and disgusting woman.