‘Color Purple’ Co-Star Rips Oprah Winfrey — Here’s the Tape, Which Is Being Called a ‘Racial Attack’

Jul 19, 2013  •  Post A Comment

An actress who co-starred with Oprah Winfrey in the 1985 Steven Spielberg feature "The Color Purple" had harsh words for Winfrey in a tape posted by TMZ.com, which you can hear below.

"Rae Dawn Chong just UNLOADED on the talk show queen — claiming O is a self-centered fat ‘biotch’ who would have been a ‘house n**ger’ back in the slave days," TMZ reports. "Rae Dawn — who’s part black — appeared on ‘Matty P’s Radio Happy Hour’ and talked about how her personal relationship with O went from good to really REALLY bad back in the 80s."

Chong says on the tape that Winfrey was "lovely" to her during filming of "The Color Purple," but later became "a total biotch." 

Said Chong: "I starred in ‘Commando.’ And she just wasn’t having me. She’s competitive. She didn’t like me. She just wasn’t having me."

TMZ, which calls Chong’s tirade a "racial attack," adds: "It’s clear, Rae doesn’t like O either — ’cause for the next several minutes of the interview, she ranted on and on about how much she hates Winfrey — and stooped so low, she even took shots at her appearance and invoked slave imagery."

Chong appears to say that Winfrey would not have worked in the house, but rather would have been in the field, in slavery days. She also manages to praise Winfrey, giving her credit for "shifting the DNA" of how the nation perceives women "of a certain size and a certain shade."  

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