Say Whaaa?? A store clerk in Switzerland racially profiled Oprah Winfrey and told her the purse was "too expensive" for her. Watch the video inside! 

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Just as sales for Tom Ford designer clothes and accessories are soaring thanks to Jay Z's banging new track "Tom Ford", one of the richest women in the world is being denied access to even LOOK at one of the purses!


Thomas Carlyle a.k.a. "Tom Ford" a.k.a. King of the Red Carpet is an American fashion designer and film director internationally known for his offerings of luxury men's and women's fashions, accessories, handbags, eyewear, fragrances and fine jewelry.

During another interview this past week with ET's Nancy O'Dell, Oprah revealed that she is still a victim of racial profiling (when the person doesn't know she is Oprah Winfrey, the billionaire Queen of Talk). While in Zurich, Switzerland for Tina Turner's wedding, Oprah visited Trois Pommes boutique (later revealed by other sources -- not Oprah), where she asked a clerk to see a $38,000 Tom Ford handbag behind a glass case.


Oprah described the following exchange with the store clerk while promoting her new film, 'Lee Daniels’ The Butler'.

Oprah: May I see that bag right above your head?

Oprah: And she says -- to me, "No -- it's too expensive."

Oprah: And I said, no, no, no, no, see -- it's the black one -- the one that's folded up...

Oprah: And she said, "No, no, no you don't want to see that one. You want to see this one because that one will cost too much. You won't be able to afford that one."

Oprah: And I said, well, no -- I really did want to see that one.

Oprah: She refused to get it. And she started to show me these other little bags.

Oprah: And I said -- one more time -- I tried...

Oprah: I said: But I really do just want to see that one.

Oprah: And she said -- "Oh I don't want to hurt your feelings."

Oprah: And I said, okay, thank you so much, you're probably right -- I can't afford it. And I walked out of the store.

The Sun

Oprah then continued her day with the fab Tina Turner and her new husband!

So before you aspire to rock the new "Tom Ford" -- remember this story of the day Oprah Winfrey was racially profiled and DENIED access to even LOOK at one of his pieces!


This whole thing reminds me of Cristal champagne. Remember when Puff Daddy, Biggie and many other '90s rappers glorified the gold champagne only to have the company say it would prefer if they didn't buy/drink or promote it?

I'm sure Dom Perignon or Krug would be delighted to have their business.
--Frederic Rouzaud


The comments left a bad taste in Jay Z's mouth, and he pulled Cristal from the 40/40 Club bar shelves, where the gold bottles sold for $450 and $600.

He later came out with the lyrics that put the nail in the Cristal craze's coffin:

I used to drink Cristal, them muh'f***ers racist. So I switched to gold bottles on that Spade s***

-- Jay Z

I wonder if Jay Z will make a statement against his beloved Tom Ford!!

Story to be continued...