Oprah Slammed by ‘Color Purple’ Co-Star in Racially Charged Rant

Winfrey and Chong (Photos: Getty Images)

Apparently, not everyone loves Oprah.

Rae Dawn Chong, who appeared alongside Winfrey in the 1985 Steven Spielberg-directed flick “The Color Purple,” went on a racially charged tirade against the TV personality during a June 27th appearance on Matty P’s Radio Happy Hour.

According to a recording obtained by TMZ, Chong revealed that she was on good terms with Winfrey during the production of “The Color Purple,” but things quickly went downhill after their professional relationship ended.

Chong alleges that Winfrey became jealous and competitive with Rae Dawn after was cast in “Commando,” which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Check out this transcript of the 52-year-old actresses’ bizarre rant:

Rae Dawn Chong: “The thing that’s really great about Oprah, that you can’t take away from her, is that she’s a great brown-noser. If you were in a room with her, she will pick the most powerful person and she’ll become best friends with them.

When we worked with her, the one thing about Oprah is she was that fat chick, that she was the cheerleader – or the want-to-be cheerleader – in school that was the student council president, best friends with the principal, the volunteer nurse. She was that fat chick in school that did everything and everybody loved her. That’s Oprah. Love me, love me, love me.

You’ve got to respect her no matter how vile she is, ultimately because she’s all about Oprah and she’s boring, aside from that you kind of have to go, ‘Hello! Hats off. You’ve done an amazing thing. You have actually shifted the DNA of the universe.’ If you look at the way she looks, she looks like 60 years ago she would have been a house keeper, luckily. She would have not been a house [n-word] she would have been a field [n-word].

So, we have to give her props, no matter my personal vibe with her, I’ve got to stop and say, ‘This woman is a miracle and I respect her.’ And I say, ‘Kudos to you.’ I don’t give two [expletives] about the other parts of it. She shifted the DNA of how we think about a woman of a certain size and a certain shade. I love her for that. I don’t care what she’s about. I don’t care that I know her ins and outs. I just think that she’s done a lot. I love her for that, because we are in a struggle, because obviously it hasn’t shifted. We’re still struggling.”

Chong has responded to her detractors with a new video, in which she claims her comments were taken out of context and were, in fact, a “compliment” to Oprah. She does confess to having “issues” with the former talk show host, but only regrets her use of the n-word.

Winfrey has not yet responded to Chong’s comments.


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