Whew! Did we miss the memo that 2020 is the year to hash out past differences? Mo’Nique wrote an open letter to Oprah today, calling her out for alleged hypocrisy and claims that Oprah has made her life harder.
Mo’Nique pointed out Oprah’s recent ties to documentaries regarding accusations of sexual assault involving the late Michael Jackson and music mogul Russell Simmons despite her ties to disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein. You can see Mo’Nique’s full open letter to Oprah below:
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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’s public airing out of Oprah comes on the heels of Mase calling out Diddy for allegedly not paying his artists.
Oprah is not the only who received an earful from Mo’Nique. Back in November, Mo’Nique sued Netflix for gender and race discrimination.