Mo'Nique Accuses Oprah Winfrey of Hypocrisy & Making Her Life Harder in Lengthy Open Letter
Mo'Nique calls Oprah Winfrey out for being a hypocrite and "making her life harder" in a lengthy open letter she posted on Instagram.
It's not a secret that Mo'Nique is not in good terms with Oprah Winfrey and a couple of other black philanthropists in the industry. Now, she's making that all the more clear through the open letter she posted on Instagram, calling Oprah out.
While Oprah and Mo'Nique haven't spoken in quite a while, the post begins by saying how the comedian continues to watch interviews of the TV host, particularly the one wherein she spoke about Harvey Weinstein.
Mo'Nique brought up her past troubles with Oprah, wherein she did not promote the film "Precious" for Lions Gate.
OPRAH'S STATEMENT ON HARVEY WEINSTEIN
During the interview, Oprah shared that she tries to always look at the rainbow in the clouds, whatever is the 'silver lining." She added in that same interview that if the focus is on the likes of Harvey Weinstein, then "we have lost the moment."
This was hypocritical, according to Mo'Nique, as Oprah was very much a part of Michael Jackson's recent documentary. Likewise, when Rusell Simmons was accused of the same thing as Harvey Weinstein, Mo'Nique claims Oprah clearly stated that she didn't support what he did.
COMPARING RUSSELL SIMMONS AND HARVEY WEINSTEIN
According to the comedian, what clearly stands out is the color of Harvey Weinstein's skin as compared to Michael Jackson and Russell Simmons'.
"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.?"
BRINGING UP PAST STRUGGLES WITH OPRAH
Mo'Nique also brought up her past troubles with Oprah, wherein she did not promote the film "Precious" for Lions Gate. Oprah allegedly watched her be "accused of being difficult" despite her deal being with Lee Daniels Entertainment.
She went on to add that although Tyler Perry was caught on audio saying he was going to set things straight and tell people she was right, they still haven't said anything up until today.
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RECALLING THEIR VERY FIRST INTERACTION
Mo'Nique ended her statement by recalling a time she met Winfrey at her local show in Baltimore when she was 16-years-old.
"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 yearold self didn't know that you in your silence in the face of wrongdoing would make my life "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 then pleaded for Oprah to consider "standing by the people who are right, and not just the 'right people.'"