Posted: 10:03 p.m. Thursday, July 18, 2013
By Gina Carbone
Rae Dawn Chong just went on a very passive-aggressive attack against Oprah Winfrey.
The 52-year-old star of The Color Purple, Commando, Cheech & Chong, and Soul Man was on Matty P's Radio Happy Hour, where she was led into a discussion on Oprah being a diva to her. According to TMZ's roundup from the interview (listen to it here), Rae said O was "lovely" to her when they worked on the '80s film The Color Purple, but when Rae was in her next movie, Commando, Oprah became "a total biotch."
"She’s competitive. She didn’t like me. She just wasn’t having me."
Rae said Oprah is "so enormously insecure. If you wanna distill Oprah Winfrey down to like her most basic components. She wants to be beautiful."
Rae said you have to give Oprah credit for being a great brown-noser. She was like "that fat chick at school" who was a wannabe cheerleader, student council president, volunteer, tight with the principal, everybody's best friend. "The thing is, I have to respect her, you gotta respect her no matter how vile she is — ultimately because she's all about Oprah and she's boring — but aside from that, you've gotta kinda go 'OK, hats off. You've done an amazing thing. You have actually shifted the DNA of the universe, in terms of thinking and power structure.'"
The backhanded compliments actually get worse. Rae tried to applaud Oprah on how far she's come, despite being less than a 10 on the looks scale, by comparing where she'd work on a slave plantation.
"She took a woman — if you look at the way she looks, she looks like 60 years ago she would have been a housekeeper, luckily. She would have not been a house n**ger she would have been a field n**ger. Let's be really raw here. ... So we have to give her props. No matter how much, like my personal vibe with her, I have to stop and say 'This woman is a miracle and I respect her and I say kudos to you.' And I don't give two cents about the other parts of it, because she shifted the DNA in terms of our thinking of a woman of a certain size and a certain shade. I love her for that."
Hmmm... If she really wants to compliment Oprah on all she's done for women, she may want to leave out the insults and the part about being a "field n**ger." Maybe leave the n-word out completely.