Mo’Nique has been speaking out against Oprah for a while now. Mo’Nique has accused Oprah of behind-the-scenes shadiness and helping Lee Daniels blackball her from Hollywood. And she’s talked a lot about how Oprah screwed her over financially and also personally. Well, Mo’Nique is going after Oprah again, this time over her Russell Simmons documentary, by writing a long-winded open letter.
Mo’Nique has come for Oprah over her alleged actions before. Mo’Nique has accused Oprah of helping Lee Daniels to blackball her for not doing unpaid press for Precious. And she’s even accused Oprah of maliciously having her estranged parents on the show to make Mo’Nique look bad. Meanwhile, Oprah has kept her hands mostly clean of this “feud.” Well, even though Oprah doesn’t really respond, Mo’Nique has joined 50 Cent in dragging Oprah for putting her name on a Russell Simmons documentary (before taking her name off of it).
Mo’Nique went for round 4,598,999 in her feud with Oprah by comparing Oprah’s thoughts on the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault allegations to Oprah’s treatment of the Michael Jackson and Russell Simmons cases. (Oprah interviewed Michael Jackson’s accusers.) After Mo’Nique accused Oprah of racial bias, she then pivoted to Oprah’s treatment of her, and said that Oprah has made her life in Hollywood harder.
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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 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.? 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 women 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. 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
Mo’Nique is bold and brave for going after THEE Oprah repeatedly. Because Oprah may hit back with more blacklisting, and the only job Mo’Nique will be able to book is a Tyler Perry Production. And having to wear one of his demonic wigs onscreen is a punishment all on its own.