Switzerland apologizes to Oprah following racist treatment
Though Oprah Winfrey is one of the most powerful women on the planet, she still finds herself a victim to racism. During a recent visit to Zurich for Tina Turner's wedding, Oprah went into a shop to purchase a handbag, but was denied service by the clerk because the person didn't think she could afford the $40,000 item.
"I say to the woman, "Excuse me, may I see that bag right above your head?" And she says to me, 'No, it's too expensive.' ... She refused to get it," Oprah explains to Entertainment Tonight. "One more time, I tried. I said, 'But I really do just really want to see that one,' and she 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."
It didn't take very long after that story aired for the Switzerland tourism office to apologize on behalf of the country. "We are very sorry for what happened to her," a spokeswoman tells the Associated Press, while the office tweets the salesperson "acted terribly wrong."
Oprah has had to discuss racism a lot in recent weeks between her role in "The Butler" and her relationship with Paula Deen. Of the disgraced Food Network star's recent racist admission, Oprah tells ET, "I really just want to know what happened," and wants to avoid a "defensive conversation" with Deen.