Oprah Winfrey who has her own television US talk show, has said she is sorry for a “blown up” media response after she has sparked an international controversy when she claimed that she encountered racism in an upmarket handbag store in Zurich, Switzerland.
She said the assistant would not let her view a very expensive crocodile leather handbag, saying it was “too expensive”.
The assistant of the Swizz shop it was “an absolute misunderstanding”.
On the red carpet premier for her new film, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, she said “I think that incident in Switzerland was just an incident in Switzerland”.
“I am really sorry that it got blown up. I purposely did not mention the name of the store. I am sorry that I said it was Switzerland”, she added.
“I was just referencing it as an example of being in a place where people don’t expect that you would be able to be there”.
“For me, racism doesn’t show up. No one’s going to come up and call me the N-word to my face, unless they’re a thug on Facebook or Twitter.”
Oprah has said she really regrets how her anecdote about racism in a luxury Swiss shop was “blown up”.
The Swiss tourist board, elicited an apology, which said the woman’s action had been “terribly wrong” but Winfrey said there was no need to say sorry.
She said: “It’s not an indictment against the country or even that store. No apologies necessary from the country of Switzerland”.
“If somebody makes a mistake in the United states are we apologising for the whole country? No!” Oprah Winfrey apologizes about mentioning the racist comment on her trip to Switzerland and sees the case as a ‘non-issue.’
Written by: Landi Bezuidenhout