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Taraji P. Henson called out Oprah for being too frugal

Taraji sick & tired of being lowballed/YouTube

Taraji might give up acting. 

Blog King, Mass Appeal

HOLLYWOOD — Dammit Oprah! Look what you’ve done! Veteran actress Taraji P. Henson set the internet ablaze the other day when she insinuated Oprah Winfrey is a cheapskate who won’t pay fair wages. Taraji admitted she almost turned down her Shug Avery role in “The Color Purple” remake because Oprah, the film’s producer, lowballed her during contract negotiations. The 53-year-old thespian also contemplated quitting acting for good. She’s sick and tired of bustin’ her ass for peanuts. “I’m just tired of working so hard, being gracious at what I do, and getting paid a fraction of the cost,” a tearful Taraji told Gayle King, Oprah’s BFF, during a recent interview. “You get tired. I hear people go, ‘You work a lot.’ [Well] I have to. The math ain’t mathin.'” If you recall, comedienne Mo’Nique expressed a homogeneous sentiment a few years ago — claiming Oprah, Lee Daniels and Tyler Perry had her blacklisted in Hollywood for refusing to do an unpaid movie tour.

“As a black woman, you know, we do it with so much grace and get paid half the price of what we’re worth,” Taraji said during an appearance on SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversations. “And that becomes difficult. I haven’t seen a raise in my income since ‘Proud Mary.’ And I almost had to walk away from ‘The Color Purple.'” Social media reaction was pro-Taraji.

One commenter wrote, “Oprah should be ashamed of herself.”

Another chimed in with, “Stop these black gatekeepers: Oprah, Tyler Perry, etc… They are wicked.”

A third person added, “Billionaires get where they are by stepping on people.”

Can’t blame Oprah for being frugal.

The Color Purple flopped at the box office, losing more than $40 million.

That said, do you feel sorry for Taraji?

Is it time for Oprah, a multibillionaire, to come out the pocket?

Watch Taraji keep it 💯.

Share your thoughts.

This Post Has 56 Comments

  1. I always felt after Proud Mary.Taraji makes the perfect fit for Foxy Brown if ever there was a remake. Proud Mary shows she definitely has the Foxy Brown attitude.

  2. This is not tarajis fault! Honestly, a lot of people don’t have the money to even go to the movies in these times. People are struggling to afford bare necessities. People are also over Oprah and don’t want to support her. Taraji may not have helped, but let’s face it! If this were the year 2000, with Oprah’s name stamped on it, it would have grossed 10 fold. Oprah has been exposed, and people are done with her!

  3. Some films simply shouldn’t be re-made. The Color Purple was a movie of its time, for lots of reasons. But, 40 years later, 2024, it’s just a different world. When my wife told me that there was a new Color Purple (I didn’t know), I immediately thought it would be a flop, as I thought that ‘Roots’ would. The world moves on. It’s as simple as that.

  4. Oprah’s been problematic for years!!! I’m so glad everything is coming to light

  5. I love Taraji but where was this energy when all the other black actors females and males cried out ?

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