GENEVA — Talk show host Oprah Winfrey says she encountered racism while shopping in Switzerland – and the national tourism office agrees.
The media mogul, who is one of the world's richest women, was being interviewed by Larry King when she disclosed that a shop assistant in Zurich refused to show her a handbag because it was "too expensive" for her.
The store in question is high-end boutique “Trois Pomme,” on Zurich’s exclusive shopping street Bahnhofstrasse. The store’s owner, Trudie Goetz, who was also invited to Tina Turner’s wedding apologized for the “misunderstanding”. Goetz went on to say that the "misunderstanding" was due to the fact that the assistant's fail to recognize Winfrey. I guess that means it's standard practice for the store to deny black and brown people they don't recognize to be billionaires.
Forbes magazine estimates that Winfrey earned $77 million in the year ending in June.
A spokeswoman for the Swiss tourism office, Daniela Baer, told The Associated Press on Friday "we are very sorry for what happened to her."
The tourism office also posted an apology on Twitter, saying "this person acted terribly wrong."
Winfrey was in town to attend last month's wedding of longtime pal Tina Turner, who lives in Switzerland.