Remember actress Rae Dawn Chong? Probably not. She was an "it" girl of the '80s who completely faded into obscurity. Well, she's making headlines again and it's not for her acting. She has lashed out at Oprah Winfrey, her Color Purple co-star. The scathing attack seems to have come out of nowhere during a sit-down on a Canada-based Internet radio show. Chong, who is a mix of Chinese, European, and Afro-Canadian, says that Oprah would be a "field n*gger" had she lived before the emancipation of slaves. Read on, it gets worse.
"If you look at the way [Oprah] looks, she looks like 60 years ago, she would have been a housekeeper luckily. She would have not been a house n**ger, she would have been a field n**ger," she ranted.
She claims that she and Oprah had a good relationship during filming, but things went sour afterwards. Invited to be a guest on her talk show, Chong claims she was treated rudely, was put up in a crappy hotel, and that Oprah was competitive with her. "Oprah is all about Oprah," she said, before adding that she "brown-nosed" her way to the top.
Though, the lowest blow was about weight: "When we worked with her, she was the fat chick, the wannabe cheerleader in school that was the student council president, that was best friends with the principal ... the volunteer nurse. She was the fat chick in school that did everything so everybody loved her. That's Oprah. Love me, love me, love me."
Ouch. She certainly knows how to hit where it hurts. We all know Oprah has had an ongoing battle with her body image for decades. I should note, Chong did throw a few compliments in there about Oprah paving the way for other blacks in media. However, that did little to soothe the sting of the other comments. I am not sure if this is a cry for attention or a cry for help. What I do know is that it's ridiculous and totally uncalled for.
What do you think of Rae Dawn Chong's rant against Oprah?
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