Rae Dawn Chong, who is the daughter of Tommy Chong (of Cheech & Chong), made some vicious comments about her ex-friend Oprah Winfrey, but the actress claims her statements were taken out of context. Her father Tommy defended what his daughter said, going as far as to claim, "Knowing Oprah, she would probably read [Rae's comments] and just chuckle and probably agree with Rae Dawn...she probably would be working in the field." Out of context or not, is Rae Dawn smoking some of her father's stash? You'd have to be out of your mind to insult Oprah the way she does.
Rae Dawn co-starred with Oprah in the 1985 Steven Spielberg film The Color Purple, which was about the life of a young African American woman living in the early 1900's. Apparently the two women hit it off during the filming of the movie, but that would change shortly after. In an interview with Matty P's Radio Happy Hour, Rae Dawn says, "She was lovely [on The Color Purple], It was after when I did Commando and I was starring with Maria Shriver's husband [Arnold Schwarzenegger] in the movie. That's when she was a total b---h."
Rae Dawn didn't stop there. She goes on to call her former friend a "great brown-noser." She says, "If you're in a room with her she'll pick the most powerful person and she'll become best friends with her. She was that fat chick that was a cheerleader, or the wannabe cheerleader in school that was the student council president, that was best friends with the principal. She was the fat chick in school that did everything and everyone loved her." So now she's attacking Oprah's physical appearance, but it gets worse...
Rae Dawn inexplicably and irrelevantly assumes what Oprah's status would have been had she been alive during the time of slavery. The actress states, "If you look at the way [Oprah] looks, she looks like 60 years ago she would have been a house keeper luckily. She would have not been a house [N-word] she would have been a field [N-word]." Yikes.
Rae Dawn goes on to finish her comments about Oprah with what she deems to be a compliment. Here's her loving words, "You gotta respect her, no matter how vile she is – because ultimately she's all about Oprah and she's boring." She adds, "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. 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." So she thinks that Oprah is a "miracle" and "she loves her." Rae Dawn sure has a funny way of showing it.
After TMZ released the audio of Rae Dawn's radio interview, the actress became distraught over the brouhaha her statements had aroused, and attempted to defend herself. A written statement on her Facebook page says, "OMG I wake up to TMZ highlighting comments I made on a radio show out of context, I swear I did not JUST say O was a field N and I was making a point about America during slave times...and I stand behind what I said, but out of context it is bad." It's bad in any context. Rae Dawn also released a video statement to TMZ in which she claims, "In context, I was actually complimenting Oprah. Do I have issues with Oprah? Yes. Am I perfect? No. Do I take back everything I said? No. Am I in pain that it's caused pain to me, to her? Yes." You have to wonder what Rae Dawn could possibly have been thinking when she went on a tirade against Oprah. What exactly did she think the response would be?
Tommy Chong appears to be the only one who understands the context that Rae Dawn is referring to, however Tommy Chong is a pothead, so take that into consideration. Chong agrees that, "If you think of what [Rae] said, she said back in the day Oprah would be working in the field because she's not that beautiful... whereas if you're beautiful, you're part of the master's bedroom."
Perhaps this was a calculated move on Rae Dawn's part. After all, when's the last time anyone's heard the name Rae Dawn Chong? All good publicity is good publicity. Except for this. This is bad.