Oprah Winfrey has been called out by media personality and actress, Mo’nique, for always looking at the other side when it comes to supporting black people.
The award-winning actress made this known via her Instagram page on Tuesday, February 4, 2020, where she wrote an open letter to the media mogul. In the lengthy letter, Mo’nique said she noticed in recent times, how Oprah has treated people who have been accused of the crime with disparity, especially those of colour.
“Dear @oprah, I felt compelled to write you this open letter after observing the disparity in the way that you seem to treat people, who were accused of the same allegations. You did an interview on the CBS Morning Show and were asked about Harvey Weinstein by Norah O’Donnell, and you said as it pertained to him that you “always try to look at the Rainbow in the clouds, whatever is the “silver lining”. You also said, “if we make this all about Harvey Weinstein then we have lost the moment”.
“When you either are or were going to be a part of the documentary on Michael Jackson and Russell Simmons, how is that not making it all about them? Interestingly, Brother M.J. was acquitted, and deceased, so how is he not off-limits? Russell and Harvey are accused of the same thing so in fairness how do you not “support” the accusers of both as you said you did with R.S. or you look for the silver lining for both like you said you did for H.W.?” she wrote.
In a bid to buttress her point, Monique went on to recall the time she had some issues about promoting a project a few years ago and how Oprah refused to come out to speak out for her.
“The only difference between the two is there skin color and doesn’t H.W. have way more accusers? My personal experience with you is you’ve watched me as a black woman be accused of being difficult for not promoting “Precious” internationally for Lions Gate, Lions Gate, Tyler Perry, and your request, despite the fact my deal was with Lee Daniels Entertainment. And, how are you for black women when you hear Tyler on audio saying I was right and he was going to speak up but you or him still haven’t said a word?
“When I was sixteen and I meet you at your local show in Baltimore, I told you I wanted to be just like you when I grew up. You responded, “ you have to work really really hard”. My sixteen-year-old self didn’t know that you in your silence in the face of wrongdoing, would make my life “harder”. Lastly, please consider standing by the people who are right and not just the “right people”. Love you to life, Mo’Nique,” she concluded.
Over the last few years, Mo’nique’s relationship with some of her celebrity friends has come under scrutiny. Recall during an interview with Steve Harvey (A former close friend) the actress accused him of being a sellout. That interview became famous following after she alleged she was “blackballed” by heavy hitters in show business as being difficult to work with.