Rain Pryor, the daughter of late comedian Richard Pryor, is firing back at the claim producer Quincy Jones made (and his widow affirmed) about her father’s sexual history. Jones said that actor Marlon Brando would “f— anything” — including Pryor. When the comic’s wife, Jennifer Lee, was asked about it, she chalked it up to ’70s drug culture.
“If you did enough cocaine, you’d f— a radiator and send it flowers in the morning,” she told TMZ Wednesday, Feb. 7.
Now, Rain Pryor is slamming Jones, known as Q, for his “sensationalized” Vulture interview and Lee for “tarnishing” her dad.
“All you who touted Faux News and preach about wanting Blacks to be represented in a great light and then posted Q’s interview are irrelevant and full of your own BS,” she wrote in her initial Facebook post on Thursday, Feb. 8. “Q, was once a brilliant music producer who is losing his mind, and decided to garner publicity for himself with a sensationalized interview; and because y’all think and equate Fame and Money with decency, you ate it up like thirsty dogs, as he spewed out a lie about my father who’s not here to defend himself.
“Then on top of it all, my dad’s so-called widow validated it, because she needs to keep legitimizing herself and tarnish our dad even after he’s dead,” she added. “She hated Q and Daddy.”
After dissing the Jones interview as “sensationalized,” she said, “People who lie or share information to raise themselves up are bottom feeders no matter how much money or influence they have.”
But that wasn’t all. A longer post made several hours later noted Pryor’s father was open about his life and that his relations with a trans woman weren’t even newsworthy. But while that part of his sexual history may be true, Pryor seemed to dismiss the idea that her dad had romps with Brando.
“However, Daddy did NOT have relations with Brando,” she wrote. “There were no trips to his South Pacific Oasis, no flowers or love notes between. Not even a film role.
“Why this sudden need to drag Daddy through the Hollywood mud? I find it tasteless and infuriating. At least get the details right, but of course, we live in the age of faux news is real unless we disagree for our own agendas, and people need to stay relevant by dishing dirt.”
Pryor said she’d like to focus on her father’s accomplishments, like his comedic genius and producing and directing work.
“Bottom line. This man Richard Pryor is not your Hollyweird scandal performance,” she concluded. “He is our Daddy. He is our perfect imperfection. He is our legacy and we are most certainly his. So get a life and focus back on what’s really going on in the world.”
Regardless of how Pryor’s third daughter feels about his sexual past, his widow is still forging ahead with publishing his diaries which detail his history.
“Instead of putting labels on it, Richard just saw himself as a sexualized creature, who wasn’t afraid of exploration and experimentation,” Lee told Vulture in a Thursday interview. “And in the ’70s, of course, we were all doing it.”
Once again addressing the drug culture, she said the fact that the “coke was still good, and the quaaludes were abundant” made it so that people felt allowed to experiment with sex.
“He really discusses his bisexuality in a very nuanced and profound way,” she said. “I should say his bisexual experiences. He didn’t consider himself bisexual, but he was very open about his sexuality and never put a label on it.”