It is safe to say that Mo’Nique and Oprah Winfrey will not be going on vacation together because the feud is back on.
This week, the comedian took to social media where she penned on an open letter to Oprah, and she slammed her for remaining neutral in the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
Mo’Nique stated that there is a “disparity” in the way she treated Weinstein, Russell Simmons, and Michael Jackson.
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Mo’Nique had this to say about Oprah’s hypocritical way of handling of the #MeToo scandals: “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 a documentary on Michael Jackson and Russell Simmons, how is that not making it all about them?”
She continued with: “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 [did] you look for the silver lining for both like you said you did for H.W.?”
Mo’Nique went on to share her “personal experience” with Oprah by writing: “You’ve watched me as a black woman, 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. 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 he still haven’t said a word?”
The Precious star added: “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.'”
Reactions to the message were mixed at best. This person said: “Monique is not healed from this! 😢She couldn’t have shot her a text or email or handwritten letter?”
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Dear @oprah, 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, Mo’Nique
One follower stated: “Oprah really forgot her roots 🤦🏽♂️, but nobody is responsible for your actions but you. Keep that in mind.”
A third comment read: “A (well-deserved) read. Oprah’s actions and words aren’t adding up, and Mo’Nique just brought out the calculator.”
The fourth commenter shared: “Monique is always speaking facts, but other folks don’t be ready for her conversation.”
Oprah and Mo’Nique have been involved in this bitter feud since working on Precious in 2009.