Oprah experiences racism after being told she can’t afford $35,000 bag in Zurich

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Oprah’s immense wealth could not shield her from racism while overseas. During an interview with E.T., Oprah revealed that she experienced racism while shopping in Zurich, Switzerland.

After seeing a black handbag that was locked in a glass case, Oprah asked the worker at the store to take the bag out of the case so that she could get a better look. However, the worker assumed that Oprah couldn’t afford the $35,000 price tag and would not allow her to see the bag.

Oprah, who was in Zurich to attend Tina Turner’s wedding, received an apology from the shop’s owner Trudie Goetz. Ironically, Goetz was also at Turner’s wedding.

The tourism office in Zurich also apologized to Oprah via Twitter.

A.R. Shaw
A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.



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