Rae Dawn Chong in a scene from the 2011 film 'Jeff, Who Lives at Home.' (Photo: Hilary Bronwyn Gay, Paramount Pictures)
Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY
Rae Dawn Chong has some nice things to say about Oprah Winfrey. But the actress, who was in The Color Purple with Oprah in 1985, also has some very nasty things to say.
TMZ got a hold of a June 27 interview that Chong did for Matty P's Radio Happy Hour and the harsh comments are spreading quickly.
"She was lovely [on The Color Purple]," says Chong at first when asked about if there was bad blood between the two on the set of the movie.
Chong goes on to say, "It was after when I did Commando and I was starring with Maria Shriver's husband in the movie. That's when she was a total bioootch."
Chong says that Oprah invited her on her talk show but says Oprah "wasn't having me. ... She never called me on stage."
Then Chong says, "She is amazing. I respect her; I think she's done great things for women of color, women of a certain size. I think she's an icon."
But, she says, Oprah is a "great brown-noser. If you're in a room with her, she'll pick the most powerful person and she'll become best friends with them. When we worked with her ... she was that fat chick that was the ... wannabe cheerleader that was the student council president that was best friends with the principal ... she was that fat chick in school that did everything and everybody loved her. That's Oprah -- love me, love me, love me."
But she continued, "You gotta respect her, no matter how vile she is - 'cause ultimately she's all about Oprah and she's boring - but aside from that, you gotta kinda go, 'Hello, hats off, you have done an amazing thing. You have actually shifted the DNA of the universe."
Then she attacked Oprah's looks. "She took a woman, if you look at the way she looks -- 60 years ago she would have been a housekeeper, luckily. She would not have been a house (n-word), she would've been a field (n-word)."
She went on, "We have to give her props. ... I have to stop and say 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 shape. I love her for that. I don't care what she's about, I don't care that I know her ins and outs, I just think that she's done a lot. I love her for that."