Aug. 12 - Oprah Winfrey talks about racism and the Swiss ''handbag'' incident at the Monday night's (August 12) red carpet premiere for ''The Butler.'' John Russell reports.
Oprah Winfrey took time out on the red carpet at Monday night's (August 12) premiere of her upcoming film, the civil rights drama, "Lee Daniels' The Butler," to talk about racism and the headlines surrounding an incident in Switzerland in which a clerk refused to show her a designer handbag. SOUNDBITE Oprah Winfrey saying (English): "For me, racism doesn't show up. Nobody is going to come up and call me the "N-word" to my face, unless they are a thug on Twitter, you know or Facebook, you have those Twitter 'thugs'. No one is going to do that, it doesn't show up that way, I was just saying that it shows up differently. It shows up, I'm in a store and the person doesn't obviously know that I carry the 'Black' card and so they make an assessment based upon the way I look and who I am and I cleaned up, I washed my hair and put on my Donna Karan skirt and I know those people in the store can be very snooty-pooty. So, I thought let me dress so I don't get turned away and it happened anyway. So, I guess I didn't get dressed up enough." The 59-year-old billionaire, who was recently ranked as Forbes most powerful celebrity, joined Forest Whitaker and the film's all-star cast on the red carpet for the Los Angeles premier. Directed Lee Daniels, "The Butler" tells the story of White House butler Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker), who serves during seven presidential administrations between 1957 and 1986. "Lee Daniels' The Butler" opens in U.S. theaters on August 16th.