Mo’Nique’s been on fire lately, reigniting her long-standing feud with some of today’s top performers and personalities. Fighting against the perception of being “blackballed,” the Oscar award winner is continuing her crusade for the truth – and trying to pull forward Tyler Perry while doing so.
Despite the perception of being blackballed, Mo’Nique and her husband Sidney Hicks feel as if they are winning, because they’re sticking to their guns and their integrity. Mo’Nique’s career has slowed because of her insistence upon being treated fairly, and some years later she’s getting some external validation – not that she needed it.
A judge recently ruled that her discrimination lawsuit against Netflix can move forward, a major win for the actress and many others potentially.
Mo’Nique had claimed Netflix discriminated against her on the basis of her race and gender when they offered to pay her $500,000 in 2018 for a comedy special, a fraction of the tens of millions of dollars Netflix paid for specials from other comedians including Amy Schumer, Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle. Mo’Nique further alleges Netflix retaliated against her when she complained about the “discriminatory low-ball offer” by refusing to negotiate fair pay with her.
Her being “blackballed” also stems from her staunch insistence as to the people who particularly are responsible for her own specific complaints, who just happen to be 3 of entertainment’s biggest names, Black or otherwise. Mo’Nique has called out Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, Lee Daniels and has added Whoopi Goldberg to the list, of Black celebrities that only are interested in protecting themselves, their money and their access to the elite.
The couple appeared recently on Out Loud with Claudia Jordan and shared a story in which fellow actress and comedian Whoopi Goldberg gave Mo’Nique some disheartening advice around the time of her ordeal around the Precious movie and it’s only further empowered Mo’Nique.
When the actress shared that Whoopi said to her, “It’s your husband, you gotta get rid of your husband,” Mo’Nique immediately let her know that it was the same husband she was slandering that had “negotiated the biggest deals I’ve had in my career.”
Whoopi still pressed on, ultimately trying to tell Mo’Nique that she couldn’t win against “the machine,” and Mo’Nique is insistent that she can do just that – with her truth in hand being all she needed. Once again, Mo’Nique took an opportunity to call out Perry for his own admittance that her name should be cleared.
Using the recent reunion of Will Smith and the cast from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air which aired recently on HBO Max, Mo’Nique found a teaching point for Perry and hoped that he would take Will’s example and apologize for hurting Janet Hubert-Whitten’s career, the first actress to play the “Aunt Viv” character, after she’d left the show.
“Hats off to Will Smith for apologizing for what he did to Janet Huberts (everybody’s Aunt Viv) career/life when he was young. Perhaps Tyler Perry, who has admitted in private that he was wrong will follow suit & be man enough to apologize in public like he promised. We’ll work on Oprah & Lions Gate a little later,” the actress wrote on her Instagram post.
She even included the original leaked phone call that she had with Tyler Perry that she believes serves as an admittance of guilt and calls out the fact that Perry just won an E! People’s Choice Award for being the “People’s Champion,” and admonishing him to do the same thing for her – be a champion.
See the post below.