Oprah scored some PR points last week with the story of trying to purchase an expense (approximately $38,000) handbag in Switzerland and being told by the sales clerk that she wouldn't show it to the TV star because she probably couldn't afford it. Oprah claimed it was racism because the sales woman assumed that a black woman could not have the income needed to purchase such an expensive accessory item.
The Sales person who served the TV star fought back today, speaking anonymously and reported by the Daily Mail she called Oprah a liar, denied that she refused to show Ms Winfrey the handbag and said she feels powerless after the racism charges.
Speaking anonymously to Sunday newspaper SonntagsBlick, the Italian bag lady said she felt 'powerless' and in the grip of a 'cyclone' after Winfrey went on TV in America to claim she had been the victim of racism.
Below is a translation of the interview in SonntagsBlick
Who's telling the truth? The Saleswoman makes a compelling case. And Oprah made the comments after making an asinine comparison between the death of Trayvon Martin to the 1955 murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till, which helped ignite the civil rights movement. Perhaps Oprah came up with the handbag story as a defense mechanism. On the other hand Oprah could be telling the truth.
Not being in the handbag store at the time, there is no way to determine who is telling the truth, but as my mom would say, the truth is probably somewhere in-between.