Mo’nique has been on a campaign to “educate” women on how they should look, act, and appear to be “presentable” while in public lately. Her mission, should everyone choose to accept it, is to have everyone set and be the example rather than “look any old way” and have themselves become subject to criticism. The actress’s words and actions on social media, however, are coming off as harshly critical for quite a few on social media, and some are ready to remind her of her past doings after her latest Instagram post might’ve gone too far.
These last few weeks have been a bit “preachy” if you will from the Oscar-winning actress. Mo’nique sparked a debate on social media on women wearing their bonnets in public while witnessing what she viewed as a spectacle in Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
A percentage of those that viewed her message on social media agreed with her sentiments, while there were those that disagreed. Some users felt as though the “Precious” star should be canceled and needed to “mind her business,” which prompted her to respond saying it would be hard to do that because “ya’ll are my…business,” she said in a follow up video.
“When you wear that damn bonnet and your pajama pants. and your slippers anywhere you go, don’t you know you block your beauty? Let your beauty be seen and be shown,” Mo’nique said to the critics. “See remember the time we were raising hell because they didn’t want us to wear our natural hair. They didn’t want us to do the things we wanted to do with our natural beauty. Now, why ever would you block it? So I am unapologetic about what I said because I said it with nothing but love, and I said it with no judgment. For the sisters that got it, I’m glad. For the ones that didn’t, I’ll wait.”
Further wanting to drive her point deeper, Mo’nique recently posted a snapshot of a woman seemingly in an airport as she prepares for travel. However, the woman is barely clothed in short shorts and a tank top, and she has what looks like a plastic bag on her head in the form of a bonnet. The photo, which Mo’nique says was sent to her, no doubt upset the actress. She took to Instagram to share her displeasure.
Hey BEAUTIFUL QUEENS,” she begins the caption as she normally does before warning, “NO SHAMING. If this is the BEST YOU CAN DO NO JUDGMENT DO YOU. This was sent to me as an example of what we’re talking about that goes on in our community. However, if this is not your BEST, then do BETTER! Being that ultimately the decision, either way, is yours. I LOVE US 4REAL.”
Monique will not shake Black women on my watch. I’m not reposting the photo of the sister she is directing this post towards because it’s disgusting that she did this! pic.twitter.com/JT8pq4Cg6C— Imani Bashir (@SheIsImaniB) June 27, 2021
Mo’nique’s decision to place the woman on her page, although you do not see her face, angered her supporters, who felt like she went too far this time. Her comment section is now in shambles as many took the time to share with her that this time, she is in the wrong. “Leave ppl alone,” commented one user. “Love you monique, but how about we just mind our business,” another wrote.
“Ok we get it. It’s becoming redundant and your concern seems fake. ATP your agenda is to prove your point not love. Saying “sweet babies” and I love us for real” doesn’t mask intent,” wrote another Instagrammer. Some chose to remind her that she herself has played characters that would fall into the stereotypical category.
“Monique you have played black stereotypes on television contributing to the degradation of the perception of black people YET when people dress comfortable in public you draw the line? bye girl,” they wrote. Elsewhere, on Twitter, they joined in and also let Mo’nique have it. One Twitter user’s 2018 rant against Mo’nique from was revisited and heavily retweeted from many as they felt it was relevant to today. Check out a few of those retweets below as well as some other user reactions. Also with that, what are your thoughts on the matter?
I can’t support Monique anymore. She posted a Black woman’s picture to her IG page to be judged by her milliona of followers. She’s spending all of her time coming after Black women when we were the same ones supporting her when no one else would.— 👻 Nakers Gimme Heebee Jeebees (@blackfemmesoul) June 27, 2021
y’all dragging the bonnet shit. like, ok already. 🙄— JaVonté (@jav0nte) June 28, 2021
Monique is EVIL. She went on a campaign for years crying about being blackballed and how BW deserve more respect, only to turn around and drag us for simply existing. pic.twitter.com/KbpDQ7JVcf— L E X (@iamlexstylz) June 27, 2021
this trend of taking photos of strangers just to attempt to ridicule them on the internet is so tired. It says a lot more about Monique and her character than this person she’s trying to embarrass. https://t.co/dXEyk9xvsR— jordan • they/them 🏳️🌈🥳 (@jd_occasionally) June 27, 2021
Look at Monique getting slandered on the same stage she once walked as a Host, the fall is hard, i fear!!!!— The Casual Sex Captain (@jiggyjayy2) June 28, 2021