While promoting the film A Wrinkle in Time, Oprah Winfrey took the time to address why she chooses to “take the high road” when confronted by fellow celebrities in the media, with Global Grind asking about President Donald Trump and Mo’Nique, specifically.
“Oh, my gosh. It’s impossible. It’s a law that if you meet negative with negative, you will just have a combusted negative force and negative energy,” she said. “You can’t meet negative energy where it is. You have to rise above it. You have to transcend it.”
Trump recently called the talk show legend “insecure,” and sarcastically encouraged her to run for president, while Mo’Nique has accused Winfrey and others of contributing to her being unjustly blackballed within the entertainment industry. Still, the OWN creator chooses to dismiss what she feels is “negative energy.”
“You can’t meet negative energy where it is. You have to rise above it,” she said. “You have to transcend it. You have to be the light. It only takes a little bit of light to banish the darkness … so I would never stoop to try to meet somebody where they are negatively. Don’t care who they are.”
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Global Grind Interview: @Oprah speaks out about the negative comments that she’s been receiving and why she doesn’t entertain negative energy with a response. A MUST SEE. The FULL interview is on GlobalGrind.com right now. Shout-Out to our Entertainment Editor, @blogxilla! • #GlobalGrind #AWrinkleInTime
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Mo’Nique has since responded via Twitter, saying while her actions may be perceived as negative, she’s done nothing but tell the truth.
@Oprah there is a difference between negativity for the sake of being negative and there is a difference between the truth which may be negative. If you notice what your not saying is I’ve lied about anything and that is very telling don’t you think. #truthwillsetyoufree
— Mo’Nique Worldwide (@moworldwide) February 24, 2018
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.