PETA’s 2008 Person Of The Year Caught Shopping For Crocodile Skin Purse


I’ve not written anything about Oprah’s claim of racism because a Swiss shopkeeper wouldn’t show her a purse because I have a hard time believing that the service an uber-rich celebrity gets in a swanky purse shop in Europe says anything all that interesting about race relations.

But here’s something interesting. In 2008 Oprah was PETA’s Person of the Year.

And what sort of a purse was she shopping for in Europe? A crocodile skin purse, which I don’t think is all that animal-friendly:

She is one of the richest and most famous women on the planet.

So when Oprah Winfrey popped in to an upmarket boutique for a new designer handbag she was taken aback when the shop assistant refused to show her a bag.
She said the £24,460 crocodile skin item was ‘too expensive’.

Instead of making a scene, the billionaire TV magnate calmly left the Swiss store.

As is usually the case with celebrity activism, they don’t really intend to hold themselves to the same standard they’d like the rest of us to live up to.

Rob Port

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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