Rae Dawn Chong "Regrets" Oprah Winfrey N-Word Slam

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Rae Dawn Chong "Regrets" Oprah Winfrey N-Word Slam

Still falls short of apology in bizarre video.

Published July 22, 2013

Rae Dawn Chong wants the world to know that while she "regrets" comments she made about Oprah Winfrey on Friday, she isn't sorry for them. The actress, who co-starred with Winfrey in The Color Purple, went on a shocking tirade during a radio interview last week, saying that the media mogul was less-than-friendly to her in the months after they worked together and Chong went on to call Winfrey a very specific version of the N-word.

Now Chong has posted a bizarre video in which she says her comments were taken out of context and that she was actually paying Winfrey a compliment by calling her a "field n*****." The hard-to-understand clip also references the Trayvon Martin verdict, with Chong saying the audio from her ill-fated interview was leaked at a "bad time." 

Finally, Chong says she "regrets" that her words were misinterpreted, but falls short of an apology. She says decisively, "Do I take back everything I said? No."

Chong, a mainstay in '80s camp classics like Commando, has been all but forgotten by Hollywood lately, though she has had bit parts in films like the indie Jeff Who Lives at Home. While she may have succeeded in getting the world to talk about her once again, her strange and offensive remarks will probably cost her dearly in terms of what remains of her career.

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Written by Evelyn Diaz


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