Dignity over Money
by maithaixox on October 19, 2015 - 11:44am
In the article “Oprah Winfrey and the Handbag She Couldn’t Have” published in the New York Times on August 9th 2015 by Christine Hauser, the author states that Oprah wanted to go to a luxurious store to buy this very expensive handbag. The brand of the handbag was Tom Ford with real crocodile skin and it approximately costs about 38 thousand dollars. As soon as she walked into the store, she had her eyes set on that handbag and so she asked the employee if she could see it and hold it. The employee was quick to show her other handbags that were less expensive, so Oprah had to ask to see the handbag she wanted multiple times. The employee tells her that she didn’t want Oprah to be heartbroken because it was very expensive and she might’ve not been able to afford it. In the end, Oprah left empty handed because she couldn’t believe what the employee did, clearly she didn’t know who Oprah Winfrey was.
In my opinion, what the employee did was very wrong. First of all, when you work in retail, you’re supposed to listen to the clients and show them what they want to see, not purposely drift them away from what they want to purchase. Secondly, Forbes reported that in June 2012, Oprah Winfrey was #1 on the list of the most powerful celebrities. It said she made an estimate of 77$ million from June 2012 to June 2013. No matter how much money Oprah Winfrey makes (which is a lot), clearly didn’t matter to the employee because she couldn’t see past the black skin. I think that the employee had seen her skin color and was quick to tell herself that black people can’t be that rich to be able to afford a such expensive bag, even if it’s Oprah Winfrey. She was very quick to discriminate but sadly she isn’t the only one in the world to have the same mentality as her and it’s sad to watch.
Hauser, C. (2015, August 9). Oprah Winfrey and the Handbag She Couldn't Have, the New York Times. Retrieved from http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/08/09/oprah-winfrey-and-the-handba....