Who do you believe? And do you care?:
Winfrey was in Switzerland in July when she walked into the Trois Pommes boutique in Zurich looking for a handbag…
She claims the sales assistant refused to show her the black crocodile leather bag because – seeing a black woman – she automatically assumed she would not be able to afford it.
Now the saleslady has hit back, stating: ‘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.
So this is what the great civil rights movement of the 20th century has come down to in the 21st century and the Age of Obama.
And this is what handbags have come down to. “Jennifer Aniston collection”? 35,000 Swiss francs? Of course, as a capitalist, I defend Oprah’s right to buy whatever crazy bag she wants to, despite the price, if she’s gotten her money legally, which she has.
Here’s the bag in question. It’s the one on the right, according to the newspaper; sure doesn’t look like crocodile to me, but what do I know about crocodile?:
Another astounding factoid in the article, one I almost missed first time round, is that Tina Turner is getting married (Oprah was in Switzerland for Turner’s wedding). After the problems she’s supposedly had with Ike, I was surprised. She’s also marrying a German guy 16 years her junior (not that surprising, if you’re Tina Turner) with whom she’s been for 27 years. That’s longer than most Hollywood marriages, for goodness sake.
So you go, girl, glad to hear you’re tying the knot. But oh, that wedding dress! Let’s just say I hope it didn’t cost
35,000 Swiss francs, or even 1000 (and by the way, the Swiss franc is roughly equal to the American dollar):