Rush Limbaugh is in the new again over something nasty he said about a woman. This time, he set his sights a bit higher than Sandra Fluke, calling talk show host Oprah Winfrey “fat.”
Let’s rewind: Oprah was refused a $38,000 handbag in Zurich, Switzerland, because the store employee in question didn’t think that she was able to afford it. Many critics have said that Oprah was racially profiled and discriminated against because she is African-American.
Limbaugh said that calling the situation racial discrimination is a dramatic conclusion, and offered another explanation:
“Maybe it’s because the Oprah’s fat!… Look, don’t most people think that the fat and the obese are poor and stupid?”
It’s a loaded comment for sure, but all of Switzerland seems to be on Limbaugh’s side. The country’s tourism office offered Oprah an apology for the incident, but didn’t mention racism as a factor.
“We are very sorry for what happened to her, of course, because we think all of our guests and clients should be treated respectfully, in a professional way… This person acted terribly wrong,” said a spokesperson.
The owner of the shop also apologized for the incident, but denied accusations of racism or discrimination.
“I have to admit that the employee is Italian. Of course, she speaks English, but not as well as her mother tongue. It was a real misunderstanding,” owner Trudie Goetz said of the incident.
You can listen to Rush Limbaugh’s comment on Oprah Winfrey’s troubles in Switzerland below: