Comedian and Academy-award-winning actress Mo’Nique is still speaking out following her call for a boycott of Netflix. Mo’Nique famously went on to Instagram in 2018 imploring her followers with a call to arms to boycott the streaming giant with claims of “gender bias and color bias” after being offered what she felt was less than she was worth for her comedy special. Many of her fans and supporters joined her in support while she also went on a media tour to explain herself. But in a recent interview with Vulture, Mo’Nique went in-depth and dragged two powerful players with her.
In the interview, the Precious star states that she has “absolutely no regrets whatsoever. If I had to do it all over again, I would do it the same way,” said Mo’Nique. They then begin to discuss her relationships with Tyler Perry, Lee Daniels, and Oprah Winfrey, all of whom she has worked with on Precious. As well, all of whom she didn’t have great things to say.
While discussing her media tour where she made highly publicized stops on platforms such as The Breakfast Club and The View, they began to discuss the moment where a clash ensued between Mo’Nique and Whoppi Goldberg. The legendary actress interrupted Mo’Nique during their interview segment in an attempt to school her on the duties and obligations an actor/actress must fulfill contractually. Goldberg also shares that the two had a conversation prior to the interview.
Mo’Nique didn’t hold back on her feelings towards Goldberg in her response to the publication. “When I sat there on that platform on The View, I felt sorry,” she stated. “I had empathy for my sister Whoopi Goldberg. Because what you’re saying to me is, ‘You must work for free. I could’ve schooled you.’ The very thing I went to The View to speak about was the very thing I experienced on The View. You give me three minutes to talk about inequality?
“Well, I was there the whole show,” she added. “When you have a woman saying, ‘I could have schooled you,’ someone would say, ‘What was the schooling going to be?’ When I look at this woman you say is our icon and our legend — she is. But, how many things has Whoopi Goldberg executive produced? Whoopi Goldberg has always been the help, and I say that humbly. So what is it that you’re going to school me on? I’ve been doing it for almost 30 years.”
Mo’Nique went on to say that despite accepting “Ted Danson in blackface”, she is highly praised by the African-American community. She also shared that the two had a conversation in Goldberg’s dressing room following the show’s taping where she explained to her why she simply couldn’t just let the matter with Netflix go.
“I said, ‘Whoopi, I can’t let it go. I gotta think about the little sister who’s not here yet.’ And our icon and our legend said, ‘You better stop worrying about the little sister who’s not here yet and worry about you’,” claims the actress. “In that moment I knew I was looking at a woman who didn’t give a damn about me. And if she’s telling me, ‘Stop worrying about that little girl who not here yet,’ well, she forgot about the ones that came before her who were worried about her.”