When I read Rae Dawn Chong called Oprah Winfrey a fat bitch that would’ve been a “field nigger” back in the days of slavery, I shared the same reaction as most of you: What in the hell is a Rae Dawn Chong? Once I turned to Google and saw an image, I screamed back at my computer, “That’s not Rosie Perez!” By the time I realized Rae Dawn Chong played the woman Oprah knocked the hell out of at the juke joint in The Color Purple, the actress had already issued the requisite non-apology apology that celebrities and celebrity-adjacents offer when controversy arises.
Chong basically offered a poor explanation guised as an “I’m almost sorry” that loosely translates into, “Please, Harpo, don’t hurt ‘em.”
You see, Rae Dawn Chong was actually “complimenting” Oprah when she said, “Sixty years ago she would have been a housekeeper, luckily. She would have been a field nigger.” The same goes for Oprah being a “great brown-noser” and that, “If you were in a room with her, she will pick the most powerful person and become best friends with them.”
And yes, if you’re keeping score, this, too, was a big kudos to Tyler Perry’s homie for life: “She was that fat chick in school that did everything and everybody loved her. That’s Oprah. Love me, love me, love me.”
Pulling the tried and true “It’s the media fault!” card, Chong quipped, “Thanks, TMZ.” She then went on to note, “Out of context, it’s a most unfortunate choice of words and I regret it. Do I take back everything I said? No.”
Rae also invoked the George Zimmerman case to denote it’s bad timing to throw out such inflammatory racially charged language. It may have taken the second delivery attempt, but at least UPS delivered Chong her missing clue. Now if only she could get those moments she wasted creating that video back. I’d like a refill my damn self.
Read the rest over at Clutch.