On Friday, SleazeMZ broke the story that Rae Dawn Chong went on a rant about Oprah, no last name needed, when asked on a radio show whether or not the Mighty O treated her badly on the set of “The Color Purple.” Apparently that’s all she needed to break the damn holding back all the hate she’s harbored for at least 28 years.
In an appearance on a radio show, Chong went on a rant about Oprah being a “biotch” and went so far as to say she would have been a “field nigger” if it were the old days. I would like to invite Ms. Chong to have all the seats in Cowboys Stadium. Every. Damn. One.
I realize that some of you may be a bit too young to be familiar with Chong’s body of work. The Canadian born actress is the daughter of actor Tommy Chong and the sister of the FOINE Marcus Chong. She got famous playing characters like Squeak in “The Color Purple,” Cindy in “Commando” and Tracy in “Beat Street.” IMDb credits her as starring and appearing in several other movies and TV shows. I’ve only seen the three I mentioned but I’m pretty sure somebody enjoys her work, she keeps getting it. What I’m not sure of is if she’ll get anymore work.
In every profession, there is a person who you don’t want to piss off. Ever. I’m not saying Oprah has the ability to make sure Chong will ONLY perform in community theater and Vimeo short films but, she knows a lot of people in Hollywood. Maybe Chong didn’t think this thing all the way through. Even if she did, who is she to do that? I mean, Oprah could buy and sell this chick several times over. Comments like “field nigger” and “house nigger” only serve to further divide folks and I don’t know, maybe make people who feel inadequate feel better about themselves.
Comments like this is why black women will never have nice things like equality and relevance and solidarity. Perhaps Oprah is a Type A personality who HAS to be competitive to stay at the top of her field. Maybe if Chong would spend her time being competitive and working hard like Oprah, “the field nigger,” perhaps she wouldn’t have peaked at “Commando.”
For the love of all things holy, unholy and involving black women of all hues, Ms. Chong, go somewhere, anywhere and sitchoassdown.