Jennifer Hudson opens up about racial prejudice and Harvey Weinstein

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Susan Devaney
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Jennifer Hudson has spoken up about the racism she faces on a daily basis and why women must continue to stand together in 2018. 

From scooping an Oscar for her role as Effie White in Dreamgirls in 2006 to singing at Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2013, Jennifer Hudson has achieved many incredible accolades since first gracing our screens as a contestant on American Idol in 2004.

But, even with awards in tow and fame on her side, the singer still faces many prejudices on a daily basis.

“There have been several situations where I get on a plane and [the air steward] assumes that I’m [meant to be] in the back of the plane. That happens a lot. I’m like ‘No, my seat is up there [in first class], thank you’,” Hudson told Cosmopolitan UK.

And it doesn’t stop there. The singer admits that her driver sometimes causes confusion too.

“People also assume that my home belongs to my white driver, Charles. One time, I was having something moved into my house and they wanted to know where to put it.

I said, ‘There.’ [The removal man] just stood there. When Charles came in, he asked him, ‘So where would you like these things?’ Charles said: ‘She said she wanted it right there. You’re talking to the wrong person’.”

Hudson said that despite defying “all the odds being African American, living in a wealthy neighbourhood and being a working mum” her achievements and great successes are still seen by some as “foreign things” and their views were “ignorant”. 

The actress – who is set to return as a judge on this year’s The Voice UK - also weighed in on the recent sexual assault allegations made against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

“I hate that these things have happened, but I’m glad that women are taking a stand for themselves,” Hudson said, referring to the numerous women who’ve come forward. 

“They should have the right to be able to do that. And no one’s power should be able to take over someone else’s. That’s not cool.”

We hear you, Hudson.

Images: Rex Features / Instagram