Wendy Williams vs. Bergdorf Goodmans: Shopping While Black

In my own experience, it doesn’t matter who you are, who you know, or how much money you have, as long as your black in America, you will experience some mistreatments.

Take popular talk show host Wendy Willimas, who found out recently that her riches and her “how you doin'” slogan couldn’t stop her from being followed during a shopping trip.

According to Wendy, she met up with Nene Leakes and Marlo Hampton, of the popular reality TV show Real Housewives of Atlanta, for a girls shopping trip at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City, but store security was on their heels.

“Nene sent her car. The car picked me up [and] dropped me off at Bergdorf. The girls were waiting. This is like a glamour suite they have at Bergdorf,” Williams recalled. “We each had a sales girl. We gave them each of our sizes. They’re fetching stuff…Nene bought a handful of gowns. Marlo charged a whole bunch of stuff.”

The talk show host told viewers Monday that she and her RHOA friends were followed around: “We not just shopped, we went upstairs and had lunch—the whole bit. The three of us take over. And can I tell you something about security. They treated us like ‘the hood,'” she revealed.

During the conversation, Wendy rubbed the back of her hand to let viewers know why her treatment seemed racially motivated. “Yup and that’s all I’m gonna say,” she added.

Wendy also gave her brown viewers some key life advice. “You can earn what you want. You can do what you want, but when you are what you are, you better not be surprised about how people treat you. We were followed like we were about to do something,” she said.

In regards to the incident, Bergdorf Goodmans told ESSENCE, “We take each of our customers’ concerns seriously and we regret not meeting…expectations.”

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