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Oprah Winfrey Gets Apology From Switzerland Over Racist Handbag Flap

Tim Kenneally
August 9, 2013

Switzerland has chosen not to remain neutral in the matter of Oprah Winfrey's racially charged encounter with a sales clerk in Zurich.


The nation's tourism office has issued an apology to the media mogul after she revealed that she was discriminated against during a shopping trip in the city.

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As TheWrap first reported, Winfrey revealed in an interview on Ora.TV's "Larry King Now" that she had hoped to "create a 'Pretty Woman' moment" by purchasing a handbag.

Unfortunately, she apparently encountered the only woman in the world who doesn't know who Oprah Winfrey is and how much power she holds -- the clerk refused to show Winfrey the bag, telling the beloved television personality that she couldn't afford it.

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"We are fuming -- this person acted terribly wrong. We are sorry this happened to @oprah!" the office tweeted on Thursday.

Daniela Baer, a spokeswoman for the tourism office, also told the Associated Press, "We are very sorry for what happened her."


So, uh, can she have the purse now?

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