It’s been years since Mo’nique and Oprah Winfrey’s feud began and it shows no sign of slowing.
In the latest development, Mo’Nique is once again calling out the talk show host for what she claims is a “disparity” in the way she treats the people around her. In her lengthy “open letter” to the talk show host, posted to Instagram, she reveals she “felt compelled” to write to her after seeing the way Oprah allegedly treats people “who were accused of the same” crimes.
Mo’Nique then shares she watched Oprah’s interview on CBS This Morning, in which Norah O’Donnell asked her about Harvey Weinsteinand she responded that she tries to find the “silver lining” in every situation.
“You also said ‘if we make this all about Harvey Weinstein then we have lost the moment’,” Mo’Nique adds, going on to point out Oprah’s perceived hypocritical decision to produce a #MeToo documentary on Russell Simmons. “When you either are, or were going to be a part of 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 [did] you look for the silver lining for both, like you said you did for H.W.?” she continues.
Then, Mo’nique seems to accuse Oprah of being racist when she states that the “only difference between the two is their skin color” and the fact that there are “way more” people who accused Weinstein of allegedly sexually assaulting them.
Mo’Nique then shares her “personal experience” with Oprah. “You’ve watched me as a black woman, be accused of being difficult for not promoting Precious internationally for Lions Gate, at Lions Gate, Tyler Perry and your request, despite the fact my deal was with Lee Daniels Entertainment,” she explains. “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?”
The Precious star shares that when she first met Oprah at the age of 16, she told the talk show host she wanted to be “just like” her, only to be told, “You have to work really really hard.” The comedian adds, “My sixteen year old self didn’t know that you in your silence in the face of wrongdoing, would make my life ‘harder.”