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article imageRae Dawn Chong sorry for trashing Oprah Winfrey, claims context

By Marcus Hondro     Jul 21, 2013 in Entertainment
In late June, actor Rae Dawn Chong gave an interview on "Matty P's Radio Happy Hour" and Oprah Winfrey came up. What Chong said about Oprah wasn't nice and today she apologized, claiming that in context her remarks weren't offensive.
Before getting to what Chong, who appeared in 'The Color Purple' with Winfrey in 1985, said on the radio show, we'll give you the apology, with her insistence it was all about context. Chong, the daughter of comic actor Tommy Chong, apologized in a video and on her facebook page:
"OMG I wake up to TMZ highlighting comments I made on a radio show out of context," Chong said. "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. 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."
Rae Dawn Chong on Oprah
The 52-year-old Canadian asked that people listen to the entire interview and that doing so would give the context in which the remarks were made and mitigate their offensiveness. Now here's some of her remarks, these ones coming after she called Oprah highly "competitive" and 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 her," she said. "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."
Again, she claims context. Here's more:
"If you look at the way she looks – 60 years ago she would have been a housekeeper, luckily," Chong added. "She would not have been a house nigger, she would've been a field nigger."
Whether she meant that remark as a compliment is up for debate, others believe it to be racist. It should be noted that there is some history between the two and that in the past Chong has alluded to Winfrey not liking her. Chong, who is part black, hasn't spoken to Oprah since her remarks went public and Oprah hasn't responded to Chong's tirade.
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