Video: Oprah Winfrey Opens Up About Recent Racism Incident

Aug 7, 2013  •  Post A Comment

Oprah Winfrey revealed in an interview that she was recently a victim of apparent racism. In a video posted by ET Online, Winfrey, who is making the rounds of talk shows while promoting the new movie "Lee Daniels’ The Butler," talks about the incident, which took place in Zurich.

"While Winfrey may be one of the most recognizable faces on the planet, she apparently doesn’t have as big a fan base in Switzerland," the story notes.

Winfrey also comments on celebrity chef Paula Deen, who lost her Food Network job and a number of endorsement deals after she admitted to using a racial epithet. "I think Paula Deen was sort of used as a symbol, but I think lots of people use the word inappropriately all the time," Winfrey tells ET’s Nancy O’Dell.

Winfrey says she wants to interview Deen but adds that she might take a while to reach out to her, because Winfrey wants to make sure it wouldn’t result in a "defensive conversation." As time passes, Deen may be more likely to have a candid discussion without feeling attacked, Winfrey adds.

"I just really want to know what happened," she says.


  1. Who gives a rats ass what oprah thinks?

  2. Correct me if I’m wrong, but America voted in a black man as President, twice. Time to quit playing the race card.

  3. Before she talks to Deen, she should sit down with the Rappers and discuss their continuing use of the word. If this word is as degrading as many of us believe it is, why is it “cool” for rappers to use it in every way possible. Maybe Oprah could lead the charge to have the rappers stand up and say it is time for a real change. One from within the Black community that ends use of that word permanently. And while she is at it, she might campaign against the black-on-black violence that is going on daily in every major city in this country. But that may not get the ratings she is looking for.

  4. Wonder if she worries about Chicago as much.

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