Comedian Mo’Nique, who recently sued Netflix for discrimination, recently bared her mind on her issue with Oprah Winfrey who allegedly stands up for white offenders; but enables the backlash on black accused.
In a lengthy Instagram open letter, Mo’nique says;
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.?
Mo’Nique Highlights Oprah’s Hypocrisy
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,
Last year, Oprah hosted a Q&A with the two men who accused Thriller singer Jackson of molesting them as young boys in the Leaving Neverland documentary. She was then involved in a documentary looking into the allegations against Def Jam founder Simmons before pulling out of the project.
The comedian also got personal with Mo’Nique criticising Oprah for not defending her when she was ‘blackballed’ from the movie industry after winning the best actress Oscar for her performance in 2009 drama Precious.