Oprah, one of the richest women in the world, was in Zurich, Switzerland, when an assistant at an upscale handbag shop told her the purse she was looking at (worth over $35,000) was “too expensive” for her. [Globe and Mail]
Winfrey - and just about every single media outlet in North America - interpreted the incident as evidence that racism exists:
“I could’ve had the whole blow-up thing and thrown down the black card, but why do that? But that clearly is, you know ... it [racism] still exists. Of course it does,” she said.
It seems unbelievable. Would a shop assistant really be so rude? Be so oblivious that she failed to notice the fact that Winfrey's "little Donna Karan skirt" and "little sandals" proclaimed serious money?