Shop Assistant Denies Oprah Winfrey Racism: "I Hope This Nightmare Ends Soon"

0
0
Subscribe To:

The world rallied around chatshow host Oprah Winfrey last week when she claimed to be a victim or racial prejudice whilst out shopping in the Swiss city of Zurich. The 59 year-old, who is the world's only African-American billionaire, told Entertainment Weekly, via Sky News, how she was in Switzerland to attend the wedding of soul diva Tina Turner and decided to do a little shopping. The media mogul entered an exclusive boutique and was told, even after repeated requests, that a £24,477 ($38,000) was "too expensive" for her and was offered other, cheaper handbags.

Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey's Account Of Her Handbag Shopping Experience Was Different To That Of The Assistant's.

The world reeled in shock on Ms. Winfrey's behalf as the unsavoury connotations that arose from the Swiss shop girl's words painted an ugly picture of not only the shop, but the country in some people's eyes. Trudie Goetz, the owner of the boutique that was later revealed as Trois Pommes and who also attended Turner's wedding the day after, apologised and described the incident as a "misunderstanding" and that Oprah was "absolutely allowed" to look at the bag behind the security screen, admitting that her staff member's English "isn't...good."

Oprah Winfrey
Whose Story Can We Believe?

Speaking anonymously to German-language newspaper SonntagsBlick, the shop assistant has vehemently expressed that Ms. Winfrey's accusations are "absurd" and that she hadn't slept for days. She described a crucially different scene than Oprah: "I wasn't sure what I should present to her when she came in on the afternoon of Saturday July 20 so I showed her some bags from the Jennifer Aniston collection. I explained to her the bags came 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 that it was like the one I held in my hand, only much more expensive, and that I could show her similar bags. It is absolutely not true that I declined to show her the bag on racist grounds. I even asked her if she wanted to look at the bag." The shop worker added, "they were not even in the store for five minutes."

Oprah Winfrey
Could Oprah Have Misconstrued The Girl's Weak English For Racism?

The shop assistant also denied that the most toxic part of Oprah's story - the part where she is told the bag is "too expensive" for her - is completely untrue. "This is absurd. I would never say something like that to a customer. Really never. Good manners and politeness are the Alpha and the Omega in this business," she insisted.

It is not apparent whether the girl recognised Ms. Winfrey but the media furore that has bubbled up after Oprah's story aired. The girl hinted that she had been implicated in the uproar but said, "I surely did not intentionally want to insult Ms Winfrey. I hope this nightmare ends soon."


Contactmusic

Tags: Oprah Winfrey - Tina Turner

0
0
Subscribe To:
Advertisement

More Oprah Winfrey

Selma Trailer

“What happens when a man stands up and says ‘enough is enough’?” So goes the question raised by Martin Luther King, Jr. (David Oyelowo) when...

Raven-Symone Is Unsympathetic To Troubled Hollywood Child Stars - Is She Addressing Lindsay Lohan?

Raven-Symoné has little sympathy for her fellow child stars who have gone off the rails. In a recent interview with Oprah Winfrey on Where Are...

The Hundred-Foot Journey Movie Review

A relentlessly smiley-glowy tone threatens to undo this film at every turn, but it's just about rescued by a spiky script and the adept cast....

Oprah Winfrey Reportedly Set To Play Richard Pryor's Abusive Grandmother In Upcoming Biopic

Oprah Winfrey has confirmed her involvement in an upcoming biopic of the late American actor and comedian Richard Pryor. The 60-year-old added a photograph to...

Advertisement

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge - Everybody's Doing It (But You Probably Shouldn't)

This week in news: celebrities are filming themselves getting buckets of ice poured over their heads. This is what millions of years of evolution has...

Celebrities Take Part In The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge [Photos]

It’s not just you and your friends getting nominated to take the ALS awareness ice bucket challenge; celebs from lists A-Z are getting involved, and...

Oprah Winfrey And Steven Spielberg Pose Together At 'The Hundred-Foot Journey' NY Premiere - Part 1

The cast and crew of restaurant drama 'The Hundred-Foot Journey' were seen arriving at the New York premiere held at the Ziegfeld Theater. Among them...

Helen Mirren Starrer "The Hundred-Foot Journey" Features Spicy Food And Cheesy Romance

Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg joined forces on the foodie comedy The Hundred-Foot Journey and celebrated the fruits of their labour Tuesday night at the...

Advertisement

Comments

Oprah Winfrey Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Oprah Winfrey

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All