Yesha Callahan

Rae Dawn Chong Airs Her Dirty Oprah Laundry


Remember “Squeak” from “The Color Purple” and her infamous line, “Who ‘dis woman, Harpo?”

Or maybe you remember Rae Dawn Chong from “Soul Man”?

Either way, Rae Dawn Chong’s acting credits span over 30 years. From memorable roles, like “The Color Purple”, to not so memorable ones.  Recently, Rae Dawn appeared on “Matty P’s Radio Happy Hour” and talked about how her personal relationship with Oprah Winfrey changed throughout the years. Apparently they went from being buddies, to Oprah hating her.

Here are a couple of interesting tidbits from the interview:

–“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**ger she would have been a field n**ger.”

— “She’s so enormously insecure. If you wanna distill Oprah Winfrey down to like her most basic components. She wants to be beautiful.”

— “Imagine being [Oprah]. She has all of the world. All the power in the world … and she only wants something that is only chemical, purely impossible.”

— “The thing that’s really great about Oprah that you cant take away from her is that she’s a great brown-noser.”

Rae Dawn apparently didn’t mean all of those harsh words she had for Oprah, because shortly after the audio was released, an apology was made. In which of course she blames TMZ.


I’m sure Rae Dawn isn’t even on Oprah’s radar.  Here’s a stadium full of seats for to have.

  1. July 19, 2013 - Reply

    If Oprah hates her, why is she on-air ranting about Oprah?

    Oprah aint no damb saint but I’m pretty sure she isn’t pinning for your approval Rae Dawn Chong. Actually I don’t think anyone is…

  2. July 19, 2013 - Reply

    It’s so sad when a person allows envy, jealousy and bitterness to eat them alive. I don’t know who pissed in Rae’s Cheerios but her “house n*gger” rants are totally inappropriate and lower than low class.

    I’ll say a prayer for her narrow-mindedness and her arrogance. She must be in a lot of pain to verbally go there.

  3. July 19, 2013 - Reply

    These are really vile things to say about anyone. She just revealed her horrible character.

  4. July 19, 2013 - Reply

    Wow! Really? She’s insane.

  5. July 19, 2013 - Reply

    What an awful woman. SMH…

  6. July 19, 2013 - Reply

    very interesting.

    a mixed (part black) woman who has to refer to the worst time in AA history to be able to trump a darker skinned woman.


    jealousy? no, of course not. if you ask Apple, Miakoda and a host of women (and black men) on here it’s always the darker skinned women that are jealous of the lighter-skinned women right?


    • July 19, 2013 - Reply


      Agreed. I wonder if in this particular case, Rae Dawn Chong feels more entitled to Oprah’s success than her based on her appearance. Why else bring up that time in history?? Why go on to say Oprah would be a field n****a? Does she not feel Oprah deserves being worldly recognized simply because she is darker?

      • July 21, 2013 - Reply


        Darker and bigger with an afro etc etc #greeneyes

    • July 22, 2013 - Reply


      Hold on heaux I never EVER said dark skin women are jealous of anyone!! I don’t even comment on dark skin articles !!! Get your facts right before you go name calling

  7. July 19, 2013 - Reply

    This b* sounds high & looks it.

  8. July 19, 2013 - Reply

    I think she is dealing with a mental health issue. No joke. She has a world of hurt, disappointment and bitterness laying on her chest. Oprah’s success is probably just a glaring reminder of her failures. So she attacks her in the only way she can – on looks. We should pity her.

  9. July 19, 2013 - Reply

    If people want to go in on Oprah for her business practices, her network, some of her social activism that is perfectly ok but, this was nowhere near the vicinity. What Rae Dawn said was VILE OUT OF BOUNDS AND OFFENSIVE in a manner that puts her in Paula Deen category. If she was so offended why go on that Color Purple reunion special Oprah had with all of the cast, also her complaints are all as vapid and shallow as she claims Oprah is. Its all about her weight, her looks how she got famous mixed with of yeah but, you have to hand it to her for being successful like heffa what drug cocktail are you on, to be so incoherent. Don’t get me started on how stupidly her historical references are 60 years ago we had segregation not slavery fool.

    Also all of her complaints mention Oprah’s weight and looks leads me to believe that Ms. Rae Dawn is pissed off that after The Color Purple where she was lauded to be the break out star she wasn’t. Clearly she is bothered by the fact that the thick hipped, dark skinned wide nosed sista was the one whose the international ICON and not her, I’m sure she had it buzzed in her ear for years about her looks and developed quite the Lolo Jones type complex, being she’s the socially acceptable version of beauty to the white masses, and that it alone should make her a big deal. It sticks in Rae’s craw that Oprah is OPRAH and she is HARPO WHO DIS WOMAN, girl go crawl back into that 1985 Soul Man hole.

  10. July 19, 2013 - Reply

    Max come get your daughter

  11. July 19, 2013 - Reply

    I never saw where Rae Dawn Chong of the Bong was pretty. I think she’s a bit horse-faced. But when she was young, she was thin with a slim nose, and that’s all it took to be a star.

    I know my response is trite, but that’s all Miss Chong deserves — it matches her existence and career.

    • July 19, 2013 - Reply


      Thank you…I think it must have been the hair b/c she is very wide jawed and I never thought she was particularly attractive but you know how for some people, anything not dark (b/c she is hardly nearly white looking) with curly hair is apparently the bomb.
      But for the record, while Oprah isn’t yellow, I’d hardly put her in the category of someone that I’d expect to be mocked for being too dark-skinned either.
      So yeah, that surprises me.

      • July 21, 2013 - Reply


        “But for the record, while Oprah isn’t yellow, I’d hardly put her in the category of someone that I’d expect to be mocked for being too dark-skinned either.”

        I think it’s a matter of weight and facial features for someone like Rae Dawn Chong. She’s not that light; in fact, she and Oprah are within the same range color-wise.

        It was all the other stuff that was considered so mesmerizing during the narrow-minded 80s.

        Curly hair.

        A slim nose.

        No booty of which to speak.

  12. July 19, 2013 - Reply

    Very classy comments (sarcasm). Actually l don’t remember who this is but if you swing at America’s Queen you better not miss!

  13. July 19, 2013 - Reply

    Bitter and jealous! You can always tell when something is about jealousy when the comment is unprovoked, seething with contempt and out of control.

    I am not saying she has to love Oprah, but at least make your claim with more grace than spewing off about house and field n***a. Oprah’s appearance should have NOTHING to do with why Rae Dawn Chong’s comment. If what she said is true that she changed, fine, but don’t stoop to making comments about her looks. It speaks of insecurity as if she looks at Oprah’s success and believes someone who looks like Oprah shouldn’t be that successful because back in the day….shutup Rae.

  14. July 19, 2013 - Reply

    I’m sure Oprah is not caring about her comments or her apology video with unfinished walls in the background.

  15. July 19, 2013 - Reply

    Real life pulled right out of that scene of Squeak vs. Sophia in Color Purple, smh.

    • July 19, 2013 - Reply


      I agree.

      Now if Sophia came outta nowhere to knock her butt through some floorboards, that would be a sight to see!

  16. July 19, 2013 - Reply

    Rae’s been hitting her daddy’s stash a little too hard lately. Gurl BYE…

  17. July 19, 2013 - Reply

    Rae Dawn better “slow her roll” while she at it. I’m sure she remembers what happened the last time she got all up in Oprah’s face–calling her a “heiffer” and whatnot.

  18. July 19, 2013 - Reply

    I’ve always wondered why women are so nasty to each other. We call each other “girl”, “sister”, “my bitches”, and even the old standby, friend. But, it seems that some of us will take advantage of every waking moment to hurt someone else. I’m guessing that Rae Dawn knows she’s not as rich or powerful as Oprah but she believes she’s prettier (pretty but dumb as a rock). Wow! Could you get any more petty? I rarely tell someone to shut up, but this time I’ll make an exception – “SHUT UP” and get a life that does not involve putting others down.

  19. July 19, 2013 - Reply

    Rae Dawn Chong was hot sh*t in the 80’s. Mostly for her looks, not acting. Here she is in this movie with Oprah, who by society’s standards, isn’t cutting it in the looks department… overweight, dark-skinned black woman.

    In Rae Dawn Chong’s crazy, delusional, and bitter mind I’m sure she’s wondering how her own chance at fame slipped through her fingers (even though it was mostly based on her looks). How did this big black woman go on to be more famous than she is or will ever be? I’m sure she didn’t have to work half as hard as Oprah did, yet she thinks she’s entitled to her Oprah’s fame and success based off of her looks.

    Sigh, it’s so important to tell your daughters they are great for their character, achievements etc. Don’t just tell them how beautiful they are. It’s so sad to see grown women destroyed when they realize that looks will not get them everything in life.

    • July 19, 2013 - Reply


      @ whatever a thousand amen to that!!!!

    • July 19, 2013 - Reply


      What’s funny is that Ms. Chong is almost the same skin color as Oprah, (she’s definitely aint passing a paper bag test lol), and she has a wide nose just like Oprah, so she is nothing but a skinny, shallow, less ambitious version of Oprah. Perhaps her beef should be with the person that led her to believe that she was going to be the next Hollywood “it girl” based on looks alone.

      • July 20, 2013 - Reply

        @Dee D

        Thank you…she’s not light. Curly-haired yes, but not light. It’s kind of interesting to me how some people are described in terms of skin tone, b/c it reminds me of how people will insist that Zoe Saldana is barely black with “fine features” but then call Kerry Washington dark-skinned when to my eyes they look about the same and Kerry has a much smaller nose than Zoe.
        I almost feel as if somehow when you know a person’s ethnicity or heritage, you somehow don’t see them as they are. B/c it seems as if the medium-toned women who are known to be biracial frequently get lumped into the “light-skinned category” but women who have two black parents but are the same color are viewed as brown or dark.
        I said before…Oprah does have broad features but she is not really dark-skinned. And she has long hair too…it’s just not curly.

  20. July 19, 2013 - Reply

    And yet so many of us still want to claim this tri-racials and quadroons as black women but then we wanna turn around and get mad and wonder why dark skinned black women are dissed by their own community. Rae Dawn Chong is fine with being a “sista” as long as she can always be on top, which she believes is her rightful place because of her mixed DNA.

    Rae Dawn Chong is a joke. And I’m glad that that dark-skinned, wealthy, overweight, full lipped, broad nosed, black queen named Oprah Winfrey still has her irrelevant ass pressed after all these years.

    • July 19, 2013 - Reply

      @Kelley Johnson

      lol, black men are the ones who claim them so that they can have access to lighter skinned women , not the women.

  21. July 19, 2013 - Reply

    The sad thing is she really thinks she was giving Oprah a compliment. smh

    She clearly has some resentment issues and is envious of Oprah’s success. She needs either get over it or talk to a therapist. She also needs to issue a real apology. That half-arse apology is garbage.

    • July 20, 2013 - Reply


      “… she really thinks she was giving Oprah a compliment.”

      Yeah, like PD claiming not to be racist then goes on to describe her “black friend” as, “black as the board behind him.”

  22. July 19, 2013 - Reply

    It makes me so sad to see a grown woman acting like an immature child. I mean, it’s really pathetic that she’s gone through life being so hateful and immature. Her comments say more about her insecurities than Oprahs.

  23. July 19, 2013 - Reply

    That’s probably ONE of the several reasons she’s not where Oprah is today.

  24. July 19, 2013 - Reply

    I am fairly certain that everyone has someone who views them in a negative light as opposed to a positive light. However, that is besides the point. Not only was her interview rooted in ignorance, but so was her apology. The fact that she doesn’t readily admit that it is the “context” of her argument that is not only insulting, prejudicial, and in a way self-hating speaks volume. Essentially, she has described Oprah as having the attributes of “Mammy”. And because the “Mammy” is loveless and unattractive, she is confined to housekeeping duties. However, apparently Oprah is not thin nor “light skinned” enough to get a coveted spot in the house. So, she gets to be sent to the fields. And everyone “knows” that when you are “Black”, you can’t be both “Black” and “fat”, slow, ugly, too dark, or have any other attribute that Anglo-Saxon Western Society deems undesirable. Ironically, Rae Dawn’s light complexion and “good hair” hasn’t extended her career past the 80s and 90s. I have seen the Color Purple multiple times, but I haven’t heard of her, seen her, or remembered her (if I have seen her) in too many roles . Little has she acknowledged that “mammy” is a caricature that was born out of Slavery and kept alive during Jim Crow. I wonder if she is proud of the fact that some of the fair-skinned relatives (some, not all ) that were born through slavery were birthed after the raping of slave women? I wonder, if she is proud of the probability that if it were the early 1800s, our only choices of existence would to be to work in the house or in the fields (Btw, 60 years ago would have been in the early 50s, so she is not very bright either)? Perhaps, she would be fine with that coveted spot in the Massa’s house and wouldn’t hesitate to tell on those field Negroes should they get too “uppity” for wanting freedom, dignity, and respect. With all of this, she has made a “caricature” of her herself –a bitter woman who feels the need to tear another (successful) woman down by delving into “alleged” insecurities about physical attractiveness to make herself FEEL BETTER about herself. Nevertheless, she and Lola are one in the same. Self-love and self-hatred cannot coexist. No matter how much bidding she and Lola does on the behalf of people who have hatred toward Black people, they will never love them as one of their own. Although Oprah wanting most of all to be beautiful is debatable, Rae Down is clearly ugly on the inside. Even with her “supposed” candor and her small pittance of her CYA apology, she is still transparent as Saran Wrap.

    • July 19, 2013 - Reply


      who is Lola?

      • July 20, 2013 - Reply


        I think she means Lolo Jones.

      • July 20, 2013 - Reply


        I meant Lolo Jones.

      • July 20, 2013 - Reply


        I’m pretty sure it’s a typo and should be Lolo (Jones) who said that Rachel Genteal looked like Madea.

  25. July 20, 2013 - Reply

    I like it. I like her and Oprah. She is probably right about Oprah.

  26. July 20, 2013 - Reply

    Color me confused.

    Was that a recording of her auditioning to be on the Zimmerman jury or a member of the “Black People for Paula” rally?

  27. July 20, 2013 - Reply

    Y’all apparently this Heffa has a history of throwing shade. Check out this quote she said about Whoopi. Something is really wrong with her.

    “Whoopi Goldberg is a blazing trail for black women – for just black anything to be successful. Still, I often ask myself if I have to be a 30-year-old ex-junkie who lived in Berkeley and did stand-up comedy in Germany, before I can get some respect.”-Rae Dawn Chong

    • July 20, 2013 - Reply


      wow, so she has issues with the two women who she deems less attractive than her who broke out after being in the same movie as her and attained amazing success while she didn’t ?

      I think this is why Denzel Washington urged his daughter to get some real talent .

      • July 20, 2013 - Reply


        Exactly. Her hate of them is irrational too. So she’s mad because Oprah knows how to work a room and is a “brown-noser”? Honey, that’s why Oprah is famous and rich. I sincerely doubt that Oprah was ever unkind to her. I know this bc if she was…she would have said it instead of mentioning that she dislikes Oprah because of her opportunist personality.

        Goes to show that sometimes, pure talent is better than being conventionally beautiful. The industry doesn’t always work like that but I’m happy that it did in this situation. In the words of Judge Judy, “Beauty fades but dumb is forever”. Rae Dawn Chong is a perfect example.

      • July 20, 2013 - Reply



        ” ““Beauty fades but dumb is forever”. Rae Dawn Chong is a perfect example.”


        Thanks for sharing that.

  28. July 20, 2013 - Reply

    Her rant is the same as those of the Republican Party when President Obama won the 2008 election and 2012 re-election.

    She and “maybe” Stacey Dash (Republican) don’t mind being part of a racially discriminated and oppressed group of individuals as long as they can be massa’s “preferred” niggras of choice.

    As the saying goes: Be careful of the feet you step on today, they may be attached to the behind you have to kiss tomorrow.

    Truly stupid! She’s an actor, Ms. Winfrey has her own network, I would be trying to apply the “brown-nosing” strategy you “claim” got Ms. Winfrey to her level of success.

  29. July 20, 2013 - Reply

    Well, people shouldn’t act surprised or as if we don’t know what would motivate these statements. The black community has accepted fair-skinned women and bi-racial women as those most beautiful, desireable and valuable, so she’s just coming for her payout. The vast majority of black female celebrities and popular culture figures are fair and/or bi-racial. So of course she must be confused as to why she did not achieve the same level of success as others, and further why a darkie like Oprah could rise so far. Negroes OWE her! Now sit down!

    • July 20, 2013 - Reply


      It does smack of a huge sense of entitlement. I guess getting put on in the 80’s made her think she was going to be the “first” for a lot of things. Instead she’s barely been on the radar.

    • July 21, 2013 - Reply


      “he vast majority of black female celebrities and popular culture figures are fair and/or bi-racial.”

      This was the case back before the civil rights era in black Hollywood. It seems that during and right after the civil rights era, black success in media became LESS predicated on have near white, white or racially averaged features.

      However, it seems that things started to change, again, in the mid 1990s up until recently, like only 2-5 years ago when black in social media started calling Hollywood, and black Hollywood, out on their B.S.

  30. July 20, 2013 - Reply

    wow. is she still in character?

  31. July 20, 2013 - Reply

    Chong believed looks alone would trump talent – as per Hollywood’s standards. That did not work in her favor. And Oprah defied the odds by becoming a total success based on her talent. I guess she cannot fathom how someone like Oprah who isn’t fair skinned, a size 3, round nose and curly hair become a success as she has. Oprah is a beautiful woman but according to Chong there is no way in a million years she herself should have not benefited from her looks and be in Oprah’s shoes.
    Oprah should not even waste time addressing this absurdity.

  32. July 21, 2013 - Reply

    Ahhhhhh the stadium of seats though? LMFAO – HAHAHHAHA
    #dead – are they ikea seats? Need to be basic. This woman’s bashing is pure evil, listening to this burned my ears. Sure i don’t like or agree with all things oprah does, but dang! This was pure trolling. Where’s the spray?

  33. July 21, 2013 - Reply

    Who is Rae Dawn Chong?

    • July 23, 2013 - Reply


      She is squeake from the color purple movie….a nobody

  34. July 23, 2013 - Reply

    Rae Dawn always said she was multicultural or half black. She was always self-ahting and this shows. Bye Rae Dawn.

    • July 25, 2013 - Reply


      technically, she is multicultural and half black. I’m not a fan of hers, but she is not obligated to say she is ‘black’ since she is mixed with Caucasian and Asian…

      • July 27, 2013 - Reply


        No her multiculturalism was always presented in a way to minimize her blackness. Her comments against Whhoopi, Oprah and other blacks proves this. She is self hating for sure. I have never heard her say she is black. Ever. She may be Caucasian, Asian too but if that is the case then why not black?

  35. July 24, 2013 - Reply

    I can’t even recall her being in anything and had to google her photo to see who she is. She’s a little on the ugly side. Not pretty. Half black, WHOLE crazy. Who gave her that made-up name? Silly, isn’t it?

  36. July 27, 2013 - Reply

    I don’t co-sign anything this drugged bitter woman is saying.

    But the part where she says: “The thing that’s really great about Oprah that you can’t take away from her is that she’s a great brown-noser, she – she knows – she’ll go into – if you where in a room with her she will pick the most powerful person and she will become best friends with them. When we worked with her, one thing about Oprah she was that fat chick that was the cheerleader or the wannabe cheerleader in school that was the student council president that was the best friends with the principal, that was the, you know, that was the co- volunteer nerd, she was the fat chick in school that did everything and everyone loved her.”

    Body shaming bitter bs aside. She had an odd point about a kind of person who operates like this. I don’t think Oprah is this kind of person BTW. Oprah is obviously very intelligent hard working and talented.

    But I have seen and known people like this. They don’t advance on ability or talent because they don’t really have it. But they DO have the ability to blow smoke up the right person/people’s asscrack. I get that this is a useful talent, playing the game, so to speak, but I think it only takes a person so far in life and they often use their talents to get other, more talented hardworking people, to do the work for them. They approach the most talented and powerful, and cultivate friendships/relationships with them and then get these people to do for them.

    They can be a good ally or the worst annoyance. It depends on their ethics and most importantly their ego. If you run into one with a big ego and no or a mediocre ability to match, they can be a annoying to a nightmare to deal with.

    I don’t begrudge them the success they have by using this tactic. I don’t really respect it because I prefer to advance on merit and my own abilities But I respect that you have to use what you got to get where you need to go. I view this kind of person the same way I view a person who sucked and screwed their way to the top. I’m in awe of the fact that a seemingly worthless talent can take them so far, but I also find it distasteful and I myself would not do it.

  37. July 27, 2013 - Reply

    Stupid rancid trash.

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