Taraji P. Henson Wants To Keep Conversations About 'The Color Purple' And Pay Disparities Separate

Taraji P. Henson Wants To Keep Conversations About 'The Color Purple' And Pay Disparities Separate

Krista B.
01/19/2024 10:07 AM EST

Taraji P. Henson is all about speaking on pay disparities however, she rather those conversations happen when “The Color Purple” is not a part of the topic. 

In a recent interview, the actress talked about her frustrations about those conversations and said that it’s “not fair” that her comments seem to be more important than the movie itself. “I hope they can focus back onto this film, because right now, to me, it feels like what I said is now becoming louder than this beautiful film,” she said. 

Henson continued, “And that’s not fair to me, or anybody in the film.” She added that the movie was about sisterhood and healing which she believes should be the main topic discussed when she speaks to media outlets. We reported that Henson became emotional during a movie promotion tour stop when speaking about pay disparities among Black actresses. 

In other interviews, she spoke about the claims she made about receiving unfair treatment while on the set of “The Color Purple.” She and he co-star Danielle Brooks revealed that they weren’t given dressing rooms at first and that they were expected to drive rental cars instead of being driven around as is customary. 

Her comments led people to think that she and Oprah Winfrey, the executive producer of the film, were at odds with each other. They would both deny those claims. Henson spoke on the issues and said that Winfrey was not the cause of her issues in Hollywood. 

“I see what’s going on, but there’s nothing spin there…You saw the woman doing the electric slide in the dust with us. She was right there in the field doing the electric slide. She held our hands the entire production. She showed up, she was there — there are producers that don’t show up on set…And what you’re not gonna do is pit two Black women together — not on my watch.”

Do you agree with Taraji P. Henson on this?