Media Falls for Race Hoax? Swiss Clerk Brands Oprah a Liar

John Nolte, Breitbart, August 12, 2013

A Swiss sales assistant caught in the middle of Oprah Winfrey’s media racial firestorm claims that she’s tired of being bullied and lied about by the powerful billionaire and cable network owner. Speaking anonymously, the sales clerk Oprah has publicly accused of racism for not showing her a $38,000 handbag told a Sunday newspaper, “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.”

This directly contradicts an anecdote Oprah relayed to Entertainment Tonight  in which she told America that the clerk’s response to her request to see the handbag was, “No, it’s too expensive.”

The racially-charged headlines and media frenzy that followed were many, and mostly unskeptical.

Eventually the shop owner and the entire of country of Switzerland would apologize to Oprah. The shop owner, however, has always claimed that the incident was a major misunderstanding that had nothing to do with race.

For its part, the American media never showed the moral courage to express any skepticism towards one of the most wealthy and powerful people in the world. The story was just too good, I guess, and Oprah just too much of a sacred cow–a close friend of Barack Obama’s, black, leftist, an actress, and a woman.

But did the media even wonder for a moment how a potentially exaggerated, racially-charged anecdote of this kind might help to sell Oprah’s upcoming film, “The Butler?” It was, after all, during the publicity blitz for “The Butler” that Oprah first told the story.

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  • Puggg

    Oprah, victim of white racism: Worth $2,900,000,000

    Puggg, white skin privilege: Makes $4X,XXX a year.

    • rjp: Unemployed. Has to check boxes White and Male every time he fills out an application. Companies say it is one for EEOC reporting requirements only.

      • CaptainCroMag

        As I always tell every White, there’s nothing stopping you from checking another race besides White. After all, the Left claims that race is just a social construct, so why can’t you be Hispanic or even Black? Reconstruct yourself as another race and take back what the Left wants to take away from Whites and give to others. Whites built this country and we should not have any shame in turning around the game that they created to dispossess us and using it to our benefit. If anyone doubts or questions your racial/ethnic credentials then threaten to sue. If they don’t make everyone prove their race, then they can’t make you.

        I check off my children as Hispanic on any form that asks their ethnicity. They both were selected for admission to a magnet school that is very difficult to get into. I have no doubt that their “Hispanic” ethnicity helped them get in.

        • LIBERTYSINCURSION

          The fact that we would have to lie on school admission forms that our children are not white just so they can get into a decent school. Shows what racism looks like in the America of 2013, and just who that racism is aimed at.

          • BonusGift

            Please humor me in a quick related anecdote. When I was going to a university (that shall remain nameless) some years ago I was lamenting that “affirmative action” was nothing more than reverse racism to a friend of mine. My friend, in an attempt to cheer me up told me of a high school friend of his that had latched onto what you allude too. Given his race, grades and ACT/SAT score he realized he wouldn’t be able to go to his preferred school (which shall remain nameless). As it turns out back then his preferred school, which was ‘private’, required a picture to go with the application. My friend’s friend merely took the photo that came with his wallet (of a bantu no less; what are the odds?) and sent it in with his application without any race boxed checked. Magically he was accepted, yet he was nervous about being discovered and kicked out, even though technically he had not lied directly about his race. The first days and weeks were apparently filled with various groups trying to contact him to join up to their hate YT groups (e.g., the black students association, the minority outreach program of this or that stripe, etc. etcetera). Long story short, after a few nervous weeks and months they ceased trying to contact and enlist him in their groups and he graduated some four years later (as no doubt one of the few successful black alumni of that school). I suspect that many a ‘successful black’ or ‘hispanic’ graduate has a story like my friend’s friend has.

        • Luca

          You too can always check hispanic and just like Zimmerman say your mother is South American.

        • fuzzypook

          I have been checking hispanic and I have been getting more interviews since I started doing that. I am a woman with VERY dark brown hair and eyes. If they question me I will tell them mom is Cuban!

      • Nathanwartooth

        Just say that you are a Hispanic.

        If they question you on it just get loud and call them a bigot. Explaining that being Hispanic has nothing to do with skin color.

    • Lagerstrom

      Same here Pugg, but I’d much rather be me than her. And if I ever have the misfortune of meeting her, I’ll tell her that personally.

      • Doing odd jobs out of the house, I made $8,500 last year, but even though I’m an ex-con on the Terrorist Watch List, I also still wouldn’t trade places with this African lardball.

        • Lagerstrom

          Yeah, and I’d rather see me in the mirror than her!

    • boysenberry

      Oprah has a huge chip on her shoulder. But mainly she was miffed because the sales person didn’t fawn over her. I am from Europe, people there are not hung up on celebrities like The Oprah and I am glad, because in the US its a circus. But that must have hurt her majesty.

  • Nick Gherz

    Sometimes there are ups and downs in life – even if you’re a billionaire.

    Somehow, this fact is lost on America’s Sacred Sow, Orca Wimpy.

  • Spartacus

    Shame on all the white race-traitors that made this ghetto walrus a multi-billionaire .

    • Lagerstrom

      Absolutely! I dropped in at home one day in the middle of a work-day and my wife was watching The View. I went crook and banned it from the house in no uncertain terms. She doesn’t watch it anymore.

  • Charles W.

    Blacks are so gassed up on media lies that they think that anytime anyone white looks at them for any reason it must have something to do with ‘dey rayciss,’ even though blacks have never been not black for a single day so they have nothing to compare with. In stark contrast to the objectivity of the white mind, which is able to view the world from the point of view of others (hence the preponderance of great white philosophers), the black mind is purely subjective and is incapable of viewing any situation detached from its own personal feelings.

    It’s the same as if every single time someone who is not white looks at me, is less than polite to me, bumps into me on the subway, etc., I were to automatically assume without a shadow of a doubt that ‘it must be because I’m white.’ It’s the mental level of an infant or simian who can’t understand that there are other things going on in the world besides itself.

    • BonusGift

      Bingo, thanks for the succinct analysis.

  • Basketeddie

    Sacred cow? Author has a great sense of humor.

    • IstvanIN

      Sacred buffalo?

      • Nick A Siggers

        Hippo…

  • din_do_nuffins

    Glen Beck went off his medz today and apologized for not reporting the Knoxville Horror sooner.

    The context was Trayvon Martin, so we owe George Zimmerman ANOTHER community service award for causing millions of Whiteys to learn about Channon and Christopher for the first time.

    Sadly, GB will be back on his medz tomorrow, so tune in for still more St. MLK worship.

    • Puggg

      Not that it matters to him now, because he’s worth nine figures, but if Glenn Beck was doing this stuff and immigration (which he’s also tending to now) instead of some of the crank stuff he did while he had a show on Fox News, he might still have that show on Fox News.

      • din_do_nuffins

        The special people kicked him off FoxTelAviv, and they will soon shut down his online TV station.

        “The First Amendment shouldn’t be used to foster hatred,” they always say, and win.

        • BonusGift

          Good catch; yes it seems every time he wanders off the reservation they kick his proverbial media teeth in and he seems to wander back onto the reservation with a show of the rainbow love variety.

      • Sick of it

        Some of the “crank stuff” he covered which cost him sponsors was on the history of the progressive movement and Obama’s connections to various radical groups. He got Van Jones fired…

        • Puggg

          That’s not an example of crank stuff. I wish I knew how to put what I was thinking in words.

          • Standing with Israel, end times theology, rubbing shoulders with a relative of Martin Luther King, pandering to blacks. Which basically means he’s a lamestream conservative, albeit more mentally disheveled than the typical one.

          • Sick of it

            Now that mess I disagree with, but he generally seemed ticked off at the destruction of America and American principles.

            Edit: Maybe I’ve learned to filter out the other garbage over time.

  • Tinfoil A22hat

    Media falls for race hoax? More like it fabricates and perpetuates it.

    • ncpride

      No kidding. I remember back when the Zimmerman mess first became national news, some clueless, ignorant troll came here accusing AmReners of making it a racial issue, as if the media hadn’t done exactly that 24/7 for months on end. Incredible, huh?

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        Reminds me of the LIE Tiger Woods told about his kindergarten teacher — and how she fought back:

        Woods’ kindergarten teacher says the golf pro has a history of telling tall tales. And now she’s demanding an apology.

        Tiger Woods’ kindergarten teacher held a news conference with attorney Gloria Allred Friday, saying he lied about suffering racial abuse at school. Now, years later, she is fighting back.

        Tiger stated that on his first day of kindergarten, he’d been tied to a tree, painted with a racial slur, and pelted with rocks. ‘The teacher really didn’t do much of anything.’

        Decker says the kindergarten class was separate from the rest of the school, and is gated and fenced in.

        I couldn’t find a source as to how this played out — of course, Gloria Allred had bigger clients to throw against Tiger Woods millions a few months later so I’m guessing the kindergarten teacher was thrown under the bus in favor of FAR more lucrative deals.

        Bon

        • Germanacus

          It is just WAY too profitable for Africans NOT to use the race crutch given they find themselves in the midst of highly altruistic whites who they see as providers and caretakers as well as easy crime targets.

          We exist merely for their pleasure and as in the case of Woods, our women are simply sex toys for them to play with. Also see Obama’s dabbling in this.

          This is why I love the far northwestern part of the country — no blacks.

          • Obama is a homosexual.

        • ncpride

          Let us also include Gabby Douglas from the 2012 Olympic Gymnastics team who claimed she suffered ‘racial abuse’ from a gym in Virginia where she trained . Multiple gymnasts (many who were also black) and the owners utterly denied her bogus accusations, and called her on her fantasy claims. And who did she tell her lying sob story to? Why, Oprah of course!

  • IstvanIN

    I applaud the insignificant, unimportant, white shop girl for coming forward and exposing Oprah for the big, fat liar she is.

    • din_do_nuffins

      You are too long winded. No need to say “big, fat liar she is.

      Just say “n’ro she is,” which means the same thing.

    • rightrightright

      Does the white shop girl still have her job?

  • Luca

    What sales person on planet earth would turn down a $38,000 handbag sale because they didn’t like the customer’s skin shade?

    Let’s see, could it possibly be a simple communication misunderstanding, compounded by a language problem?

    Is that theory even anywhere on the media’s radar screen…anywhere? Nope, it’s all about the racist disrespect, even if it’s a figment of Oprah’s imagination.

    The saleslady apologized for any misunderstanding. Will Oprah do the same? Hell no, she wants that handbag for free.

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      The whole damned country apologized.

      Within a few days, the entire country of Switzerland apologized.

      –Breitbart

      Bon

      • Germanacus

        Sickening.

      • Glickstein44

        The whole damned country apologized…sickening!!

        Any apologies forthcoming from those who did a character assassination on Paula Dean for admitting she used the N word 30 years ago in relation to a black thug who held a gun to her head…sick,sick,sick sick,SICK!!

        Now that the lawsuit against her was thrown out of court will her former publisher apologize and pay her for any monetary damages she has suffered…who is more privileged…Oprah or Paula? Who is more privileged…Al Sharpton, or Pat Buchanan?

    • sbuffalonative

      Oprah has since admitted she wasn’t dressed as well as someone who might frequent such shops. If there was any miscommunication, maybe it wasn’t her race but the way she was dressed.

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        Here’s the photo the British Press used in their article.

        Miss Winfrey said of the encounter: ‘I could have had the big blow-up thing and thrown down the black card and all that stuff. But why do that?’

        If Obama had a son, he’d look like Oprah Winfrey

        –comment on original article.

        Bon

        • Luca

          It looks like “Miss Sofia” is back. All 300 pounds of her.

          • Bon, From the Land of Babble

            Is “Miss Sofia” the one in the middle??

            Bon

        • Perhaps she should bother to learn the local language(s) before inflicting herself on a foreign nation and then demanding to be treated like royalty.

          In Switzerland, they speak French, German and Italian: not Ebonics. Gnome sayin?

        • If Obama had a cow, it would look like Oprah Winfrey

          • Wealthy people often become overweight. They can afford to eat out a lot, and restaurant portions are always larger than what one would normally prepare at home. “New Money” folks are particularly susceptible. So are blacks, the latter because they’re just not very smart.

        • sbuffalonative

          The fact is she did throw down the black card.

    • $1140 commission. Sales jobs generally pay hourly + 3%.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    The clerk’s offense was being White and not recognizing, fawning over, bowing down to and being properly obsequious to Queen Orka.

    Oprah’s a Liar!

    I don’t doubt that for a minute. She’s a racist too with a chip on her shoulder. One of the richest women in the world, and she’s a black victim of White racism, always a victim.

    Kudos to the clerk for defending herself and not groveling or apologizing.

    when confronted with the shop girl’s charge, Oprah issued a non-apology apology saying she was ‘sorry’ the incident ‘got blown up.’

    That was NOT an apology.

    Racist accusations? Front page, above the fold international news, broadcast coast to coast in the US — unlike savage beatings, murders, rapes and tortures of Whites by blacks…but I digress.

    Non-apology apology? Internet or Page 14 of the newspaper, at the bottom near the obituaries or classified ads, if it’s been printed at all

    And, as a reward for worldwide promoting of racial lies and the race baiting agenda, playing the race card and all-around race pimping, Orka gets a U.S. Medal of Freedom from the obama/holder administration.

    Bon

    • sbuffalonative

      Yes, it appears more likely that Ms. Thang felt ‘dissed ’cause that girl didn’t know who she was.

    • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

      This is how it was written in the AP story: “I think that incident in Switzerland was just an incident in Switzerland. I’m really sorry that it got blown up. I purposefully did not mention the name of the store. I’m sorry that I said it was Switzerland,” Winfrey said Monday night at the Los Angeles premiere of “Lee Daniels: The Butler.”
      .
      Of course she didn’t want to mention the name of the store. Someone might do some fact checking, and find out that the story is complete bovine excrement. If you’re going to use the race card, it pays to be as vague as possible so that ALL Whites must apologize, for everything and for all time.

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        From Entertainment Tonight:

        “I was in Zurich the other day at a store whose name I will not mention. I didn’t have my eyelashes on, but I was in full Oprah Winfrey gear. I had my little Donna Karan skirt and sandals, but obviously The Oprah Winfrey Show is not shown in Zurich.”

        Hope this is career ending for her like Paula Deen’s gaffe was career ending for HER.

        Bon

    • boysenberry

      Exactly!
      Its a personal affront to The Oprah not to fawn over her.

  • sbuffalonative

    As they say, there are three sides to every story, Your side, my side, and the truth.

    Black interrupter everything on race. Any perceived slight is proof of racism even if the slight was real but for a different reason.

    Oprah is already going around saying she wishes she never told the story.

    Hopefully more cracks will appear in this thing they call ‘racism’.

  • willbest

    This was clearly 1 part she has a movie to promote; 1 part she is not important outside the US, 2 parts she is obese which elite treat like some sort of contagious disease and don’t want in their stores,

  • MerlinV

    As someone said here before, it makes no difference who the black is, homeless bro’ downtown, Orca Winfrey, or Obama, they ALL see absolutely everything through a racial lens. From having to wait too long at McDonalds to a sales clerk with a bad attitude — its all RACISM BECAUSE I’M BLAAAAACK!

    No white person EVER experiences anything like that because, you see, dear Oprah, we have white privilege doncha’ know. Pathetic.

    Segregation is the only solution.

    • Germanacus

      And as was also said, Orca would have been a tow-truck driver had it not been for her gift of gab which white women found so appealing. White women made that quarter-tonner filthy rich but underneath it all, as with Obama, she is simply a negro.

  • A Freespeechzone

    Let’s see, the Oprah supports the behavior of that thug who rightly met his justice by George Zimmerman who acted in self defense and was ACQUITTED.

    I just don’t care to hear how this ignorant, spoiled fat-ass billionaire was discriminated by someone. When someone viciously and unprovoked attacks her, then, maybe I’ll listen.

    No Apologies.

  • Neuday

    Whites get physically assaulted due to race daily, and it’s ignored. A rich obese black woman doesn’t get offered a $36k purse and it’s a national media two-minute hate.

    What a sick culture. To hell with it.

    • BonusGift

      I completely agree; that is a good (and pathetically true might I add) summary of where we stand and what passes for news these days, unfortunately (Did I mention that it’s true, pathetic, and unfortunate?).

  • Neuday

    Furthermore, when I go to Ambercrombie & Fitch I am completely ignored by the sales staff Ya know why? Because the clothes sold there are absolutely wrong for someone like me, no matter how much money I have. So when Ophrah goes to Switzerland (a hilarious idea in itself) and goes to a store selling things to people who have enough money to stay in shape and look great (like many Swiss), it might be a little unnerving for the sales staff. I’m unnerved just thinking about that beast waddling through a Williams Sonoma.

  • exLibtard

    Yet another sickening example of Black Privilege. This is the same dolt who said that millions of black people were lynched in the U.S. She could claim that the sky is purple, and the leftist media will not correct her.

  • Evette Coutier

    This article pointed out that Oprah is a sacred cow. The use of the term cow is fitting.

    • jeffaral

      She’s not a cow, she’s a chimp

  • WR_the_realist

    Any person who can even think about spending $38,000 on a purse should not be considered to be “oppressed” by any sane human being.

    • I think the $38 K on a good diet plan would be money better spent in the case of this walrus.

      Didn’t she also try claiming at one point that she had been raped at age nine, but that her “baby” “tragically” (i.e. conveniently) miscarried or died or something? I’m only suprised in retrospect that she hasn’t tried claiming it was Duke University lacrosse players who hadn’t been born yet in 1963.

    • LIBERTYSINCURSION

      What do you mean dude, she’s black, so she’s therefore obviously oppressed. You know, sort of like how Barack Obama is oppressed.

  • dd121

    No living white person in America has ever owned a slave; no living negro in America has ever been held in slavery. Yet, Ophra Windbag claims to get dissed by a sales clerk and is said to be suffering a horrible attack of racism. The pain, oh the pain. Now go back to your 30 million dollar house in a gated compound and have a drink and count your billions of dollars.

    • ShermanTMcCoy

      What a “nagger.”

  • Buck Roeser

    Good lord. When Good Guys were still around, I remember walking in with a pocket full of cash, ready to spend on what was for me an expensive amplifier. Wandered around for ten or fifteen minutes, couldn’t get the attention of a sales clerk. Got angry, went somewhere else and gave them my money, and got a better deal anyhow. I didn’t call a press conference.

  • Elena Andbasket

    I’m guessing Winfrey’s hackles were already up from witnessing at first hand what a virtually 100% white European nation, unencumbered by ‘enrichment’ looks like compared to the ‘diversity’ she’s more used to seeing. She probably resents the Swiss for their history of colonialism and their civilized, clean and tidy society which was built by oppressed African-Europeans.

    • jeffaral

      Last time i was in Switzerland it looked more like a mongrel nation, not surprisingly after decades of mass imigration.

      • ShermanTMcCoy

        Unfortunately true. Last time I went to Basel to close my checking account (because the bank didn’t to do any more business with Americans), I thought I was in Pakistan or Africa. Thoroughly disgusting.

  • Chris Granzow XI

    First that Emmet Till thing, now this. I just saw the trailer for her movie “The Butler” too. What a surprise, exploiting race to make money. This puts her on the same page as Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson in my book. I read something the other day talking about how she lied about her upbringing (poverty and child abuse) to gain a following. After this, it wouldn’t surprise me.

  • 5Sardonicus

    I can’t think of many people black or white who could afford a $38,000 handbag. If I were the Swiss clerk I’d do a double take as well. Why is Oprah, a billionaire, so upset over such a trivial incident? Could it be she sees herself as a poor little rich black girl victim?

  • Yale2001

    Stories like this prove we are being bullied. This is why I avoid blacks at every cost. They are nothing but heartache. Just try your best to do business w/ whites. If you really treat blacks “equal” you will be caught up in a “racist” controversy. It’s best to avoid them for your safety, reputation, and general well being.

    • sbuffalonative

      I have worked retail. Both whites and blacks could be wildly explosive.

      However, with blacks, I was always keenly aware of the racial element. I could try to calm the situation with both but I always knew that blacks had the extra advantage of making any situation a racial issue.

      One teenage black girl actually walked straight up to me in February and asked me why we didn’t have any displays honoring Black History Month.

      I politely explained to her that I had no influence on corporate policy (something many customers don’t seem to understand) and I gave her the number to the corporate complaint line. She stared me unblinking, straight in the eye and then walked away.

  • David Ashton

    There seem to be nearly as many gullible people as Oprah has dollars in the bank.

  • MekongDelta69

    EVEN TMZ (a highly leftist site) has a negative story about Oaf-Rah:
    http://www[dot]tmz[dot]com/2013/08/13/oprah-switzerland-purse-story-apology-racism/?adid=hero3

    • Puggg

      TMZ asks why Oprah would think anyone would respond when she started yelling racism. Well duh TMZ, because it has worked for blacks so many times before. This is one of the rare instances that it didn’t work, and mainly because Oprah’s a billionaire.

  • ShermanTMcCoy

    Nope. It’ll result in a Category V chimpout.

  • ShermanTMcCoy

    Ooh, ooh! May I play?

    Orphan Buttplug?

  • Johnny99

    What could possibly make a purse or “handbag” worth 38 thousand dollars? Wouldn’t one that cost, say, 21k be just as useful and stunning?

  • Sick of it

    They’ve been bringing in African immigrants for years now.

  • George

    Presumably Oprah professes a belief in equality.
    And nothing says equality to millions of starving Africans like a grotesquely-fat, American multi-millionaire purchasing $38,000 vanity items in Switzerland

  • [Guest]

    As I am fond of saying, a black is a black.

    Winfrey was born a poor, unknown, Southern black. She’s no longer poor; she’s a billionaire. She’s no longer unknown; she’s famous to the point that millions seem to worship her. She’s no longer Southern; she owns homes in Chicago, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Antigua, and other places.

    But she’s still black.

    • LIBERTYSINCURSION

      “But she’s still black” Which automatically classifies her as oppressed in today’s upside down & inside out world.

      • [Guest]

        Yup. In negro-worshipping America, you can put a billion dollars into a black’s bank account and know he’ll still play the race card and be called oppressed. It’s nuts.

        • Puggg

          Just a billion? Why not two billion?

          What are you? Some sort of bigot? Don’t you remember slavery at all?

          • [Guest]

            I don’t know what to say in response to that accusation. I suppose it’d be old-fashioned to say that some of my best friends are people of color, so I’ll just use the modern-day equivalent: “I’m not a racist, but…”

    • benvad

      Truth hurts doesn’t it?

  • boysenberry

    Oprah has a huge chip on her shoulder. But mainly she was miffed because the sales person didn’t fawn over her. I am from Europe, people there are not hung up on celebrities like The Oprah and I am glad, because in the US its a circus. But that must have hurt her majesty.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    HA! Hadn’t heard that one but I will add it to my files…

    This is another tid bit that’s good for a few laughs:

    “The towering 6-foot-6 John Tesh and a barely out-of-her-teens Winfrey shared her Nashville apartment until he bolted in the middle of the night, according to the first-ever look inside the book, obtained by the Daily News.

    ‘He said one night he looked down and saw his white body next to her black body and couldn’t take it anymore,’ another Tesh ex-paramour told Kelley.
    ‘He walked out in the middle of the night. … He said later felt very guilty about it.'”

    I’m not Tesh fan but can’t blame him for bolting when he did, LOL.

    I always figured Oprah for a lesbian anyway with Steadman as a beard — now, of course, if doesn’t matter. Being gay raises one’s cred in the media.

    Bon