February 22, 2018
Photo screengrab from The View
Mo’Nique appeared on The View Thursday morning to discuss her infamous Netflix boycott.
“Our finish line keeps changing. As a black woman in Hollywood, initially you’re told, build up your resume. And that’s what’ll get the money. And then you build up your resume and then they’ll say, well you know we see the resume but we’ll get them the next time. And you never meet your next time.”
For those who are unclear why Mo called out Netflix for gender and racial bias, the 51-year-old Oscar winner revealed to the ladies Wanda Sykes, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle and Amy Schumer all had the same agent, but Sykes was the one only offered a reported $250,000 from the streaming platform.
Mo’Nique also responded to the rumors of her being difficult to work with and the misconceptions of the label after Precious, to which Whoopi Goldberg replied, “contractually when you make a movie…your job is to go and promote said movie….we’ve had this conversation, and I said, if you had called me I would’ve schooled you on what was expected.”
And Mo’s response — outside of honest — was pretty epic. Watch the entire interview below.
If you’ve followed the Mo’Nique saga from the beginning, it’s no secret I have supported her rationale fully, resulting in hour long conversations around the office with colleagues who didn’t necessarily agree with me or Mo. I even penned an article on how supporting Tracee Ellis Ross in her quest for equal pay on the set of Blackish but bashing the comedian in her ask might make you a hypocrite. And I get it. Supporting Tracee is easier than rooting for Mo’Nique. Tracee is good and to a large number of you Mo’Nique is the big bad wolf. The viral videos of her blasting Oprah, Tyler Perry and Lee Daniels while on stage last year are forever etched in your head and what many say is “karma”. Take away the approach and the color and gender bias she’s exposing in her industry is very much a problem, as it is in practically every profession. In fact, reports say that black women have to work an additional seven months in order to make what white men make in a year. And when you factor in our entire career, Sunny Hostin revealed women of color lose over a million dollars in our lifetime. LIFETIME. So for that I applaud Mo’Nique.
I also loved what she said on Sway last month in regards to women of color taking a stand and demanding equal pay, “If I accepted $500k, what does Tiffany Haddish have coming. If I accept that, what does the black female comedian have coming? Because what they will say is, ‘Mo’Nique accepted this and she’s got that.’ So what do they have coming?”
Well-behaved women seldom make history and Mo, in her own, very unique way, is proving that she’s not going down without a fight, whether you support or not. Here’s to the multi-million dollar comedy special you deserve Mo’Nique!
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