The award-winning actress/comedian hit the net recently with an open letter calling out the media mogul for the way she’s handled Harvey Weinstein’s legal issues with kid gloves versus the way she’s seemingly dived head first into similar cases where the accused were Black men.
Mo’Nique says she “felt compelled” to address Winfrey publicly to make her point.
On Monday (February 3), Mo’Nique wrote a lengthy message directed to Oprah where she once again calls out the media mogul’s actions, this time she’s targeting Oprah’s involvement in the #MeToo movement and how she feels Winfrey has targeted Black men while giving her caucasian counterparts a pass.
As you know, Mo’Nique has been at odds with Oprah for years as she once called out Winfrey, Tyler Perry, and Lee Daniels for allegedly blacklisting her in Hollywood.
While Mo’Nique has recently landed a new Showtime special, however she still feels that Oprah has played an integral part in making her life “harder”. So she hit the ‘gram to share her thoughts in a lengthly open letter…
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,