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


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.


  1. YaYa on August 9, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    She’s OPRAH!! SHE CAN BUY THE ENTIRE STORE IF SHE WANTED!!! smh The stupidity of small brains and small people.

  2. oneofthosewomen on August 9, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    Shows No One is Immuned from LWB (Living While Black)

    • jackson carter on August 13, 2013 at 10:18 pm

      With money or without still we are n*ggers to most white people, when will they check their history, I guest till history checks them as white always makes right even when their wrong! Support me the black superman, find me on Facebook the planetary patriot fights racism head on, enough is enough!

  3. Doc on August 10, 2013 at 12:48 am

    Go to the next salesperson, and purchase the item in question. The commission goes to the person who was helpful and doing their job without prejudice.

  4. aussiebach on August 10, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    While in Europe I was referred to as ‘turistico Americano’ and when I pointed out I was Australian I would be treated better. In France a cosmetic saleswoman preferred to lose a sale rather than look as I struggled to point at the eyeshadow I wanted. Those phrasebooks never seem to have the right word. It is horrifying that a wealthy person expects to be treated better than someone, like me, who has very little money.