When multi-media mogul Oprah Winfrey appeared on “Entertainment Tonight” and shared her experience with racism in Zurich, Switzerland, it seemed like the internet exploded..
Winfrey visited the posh shop Trois Pommes while in Switzerland for Tina Turner‘s wedding. While perusing their selection, a clerk allegedly refused to show her a $38,000 handbag, telling her that it was too expensive.
“She said: `No, no, no, you don’t want to see that one. You want to see this one. Because that one will cost too much; you will not be able to afford that,’” Winfrey said. “And I said, `Well, I did really want to see that one.’ And she refused to get it.”
The tourism office also posted an apology on Twitter, saying, “This person acted terribly wrong.”
But according to Gawker, the clerk insists that racism did not play a role in her interaction with Winfrey:
“I explained to her the bags come in different sizes and materials, like I always do,” she said. “She looked at a frame behind me. Far above there was the 35,000 Swiss franc crocodile leather bag. I simply told her 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…This is not true. This is absurd. I would never say something like that to a customer.”
While the rich and famous argued over rich and famous things, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry mocked Winfrey’s purse dilemma:
“Denied her right to buy a $38,000 handbag! The outrage!…This particular slight might be well categorized as one-percenter problems.”
With biting hilarity, Harris-Perry unveiled “The Nerdland’s Guide to Other Things That Oprah Winfrey Could Buy With $38,000,” which included a three-bedroom, 2 bath, family home in Buffalo, New York, a year of tuition for the show’s intern, a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, 30 months of food for a family of four, and a “stunning” 11 years of SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits.
She ends her remarks with a hilarious “fight back, spend that money on something better than purse. The struggle continues.”
See Harris-Perry’s “Nerdland’s Guide to Other Things That Oprah Winfrey Could Buy With $38,000″ below: