Oprah Winfrey Sparks Online Debate After Suggesting Gift That Costs ‘Like A Hundred And Some Dollars’

First lady Michelle Obama participates in the unveiling of the Maya Angelou Forever Stamp, Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at the Warner Theater in Washington. From left are, poet Sonia Sanchez; Eleanor Traylor, English Professor at Howard University; poet Nikki Giovanni; Mrs. Obama; Postmaster General Megan Brennan; Oprah Winfrey, artist Ross Rossin, and Ethel Kessler, art director for stamps with the U.S. Postal Service. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

At a glance

  • Winfrey pauses, then suggests “a beautiful red jewelry box.” When the stranger notes that such a gift is “too expensive” for him, the former talk show host responds, “No it’s not. It’s really not. It’s like a hundred and some dollars.”
  • The questioner presses Winfrey, asking a second time for a gift idea “a little lower in my price budget.” The host appears shocked, saying, “Lower than $100?”
  • After the video surfaced, some reacted with shock that Winfrey thought $100 should be in a person’s price range, while others noted that for the billionaire, $100 bucks probably wasn’t a lot.

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