LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oprah Winfrey says she is “sorry” that a media frenzy emerged after saying she experienced racism during a trip to Switzerland.

At the Los Angeles premiere of Lee Daniels’ “The Butler” Monday night, Winfrey apologized for naming Switzerland and said she purposefully did not mention the store name.

In recent interview with “Entertainment Tonight,” Winfrey recalled a clerk at an upscale Zurich boutique refusing to show her a handbag. Winfrey said she was told she could not afford the $38,000 purse.

Swiss tourism officials and the boutique owner apologized last week, but Winfrey insisted there was no need. She said it was an isolated incident and she was not making an indictment against the country or the store.

The clerk who Oprah says targeted her says that the media mogul is not telling the truth. She told a Switzerland newspaper, “I would never say something like that to a customer. Really never.”

10 thoughts on “Oprah ‘Sorry’ for Switzerland’s Flap; Store Clerk Denies Story

  1. 50 years MLK Day celebration: KKK Threat saddens my heart. They’re marching I’m still dealing with racism, unfair education system and violations of injustices. 50 years later, there is less of an” innocent until proven guilty system.” There is less interest in remedy injustices and equal rights. There is almost no interest in discovering the truth. People that can provide legal help, don’t have time unless you have the money. By the time a poor person can save the money, the statue time of limitations is up. This plan works out perfect for the persons and corporations in the wrong. However, it keeps the oppressed depressed for they have waited so long for nothing. http://www.youcaring.com/help-a-neighbor/kkk-school-threat/81338
    Their justice fighting went from days to years without seeing JUSTICE come to light. The court will not hear the long kept evidence. So, while we cry for help, they flip the calendar of no justice.

  2. {Still think I’m mental or overprotective}
    ABC NEWS: School Gunman Took Hostages, Car May Have Bombs

    KKK School Threat /Two knifes (Knifes don’t make a gun sound, but they kill)
    Children Withdrawn from School
    Need legal help!

    Look at my beautiful children GOD blessed me with! We have to hold the School District accountable. We have to keep children safe.rjohnson4ob (at) gmail (dot) com

  3. Okra is “sorry that a media frenzy emerged” after she accused a white woman of racism? What the hell did she think was gonna happen? Now, the clerk may be lying when she says the incident never happened. But so is the Big O when she feigns ignorance about the reaction of the public once she tattled.

  4. airam26 on said:

    Right. And Oprah just randomly made up this story at this particular store because . . .? The lady just mad because she got called out and is lying her butt off to keep a job and not look racist. Watch your mouth, you never know if what you say will be broadcast to the world.

  5. I like Melissa Harris Perry’s take on this matter I think Oprah just has a thin skin and there was some sort of language mis interpritation

  6. redbone1954 on said:

    I believe Oprah not the store clerk. Her lying behind knows that she refused to let her see the purse who would Oprah lie? she is trying to save her job

    • Debbie on said:

      I do too. The other people always feel that way about us. How in the hell can a store clerk tell me what I can afford or what I can look at?

  7. Rayar Johnson on said:

    Please, Please Help us! In the February 14,2013 Wayne County Newspaper,( Front Page) It tells of the school violations and bullying and harassment my children have suffered in the WCSD,Mississippi. But, it did not mention that the latest of those threats were from the school KKK note. Now, this same girl where two knifes were found on her is back at school and sitting behind my child on their bus.
    This is not the first racial discrimination . My kids have a right to a safe school environment.
    The WCSD said they would handle it and they would prosecute and she would not be back on that campus. They would not tell me one court date no notification, just it’s been handled. 911 did not even send an officer at my request the day of.
    The children are shocked and scared. I beg for justice. I do not know why help for justice is so hard. They are not going back to school until they are represented. This is sad that anyone would think we are okay with this.

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