Oprah and Mo’Nique have been known to have had a complicated relationship over the years. While the pair met on the set of the film “Precious” and started off on a great foot, Mo’Nique eventually called Oprah out for becoming too involved in a personal family matter. While Oprah has remained silent about the feud as Mo’Nique has continued to air her grievances to the public, Mo’Nique maintains that Oprah is a part of the reason she was blackballed from Hollywood following her Oscar-winning performance in “Precious”.
Mo’Nique’s latest issue with Winfrey comes from the perception that Winfrey has not been showing fair treatment to men of color such as Michael Jackson and Russell Simmons, in regards to the allegations of sexual abuse and assault coming against them. Mo’Nique apparently feels that Oprah has shown more restraint in her condemnation of her former friend and movie producer, Harvey Weinstein, while attempting to support the #METOO movement through her involvement with two documentaries that essentially pronounce both Jackson and Simmons guilty.
Monique started off her open letter to Winfrey by explaining that she has noticed a “disparity” in the way that she is treating people. She continues with, “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 the 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.”
Following the premier of the renowned documentary “Finding Neverland”, which shed a light on the supposed abuse endured by two young boys at the hands of Jackson, Winfrey had both accusers on her show for a post-primier interview.
Mo’Nique further explained that, “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.”
Finally, Mo’Nique became more personal in the letter, stating, “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?”
She concluded her statement with, “Lastly, please consider standing by the people who are right and not just the ‘right people’. Love you to life.”