You should know by now that Mo’Nique is a fighter who’s not afraid to speak her mind. She accused Lee Daniels of black balling her for “not playing the game” and being difficult to work with, even after she won an Oscar in Daniel’s Precious. She also came after Oprah and Tyler Perry and accused them of conspiring to snatch the role in The Butler out from between her hairy legs. Now Netflix is on Mo’Nique’s hit list for what she perceives as color and gender bias based on the relative offers received by herself, Amy Schumer, Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle for comedy specials on the network. And she’s asking for a boycott.
Mo’Nique was offered a measly $500,000 while, if you’ll remember, Amy was was offered $11 million dollars and successfully negotiated an additional $2 million based on her relative worth compared to Chris and Dave (who each got $20 million). Apparently Netflix told Mo’nique “nah, we good. But you a legend tho!” when she tried to negotiate similarly.
Here’s Mo’Nique’s side of the story.
I know there is gender and color bias in every little thing Hollywood does. But the task of teasing out a fair number where you have on one hand, Mo’Nique who honestly, is not for everyone, and Amy, Chris and Dave who, on the other hand, are also not for everyone but are definitely for more, is impossible. And legend she may be, but sadly there is no mathematical equation with which to measure it and calculate how many monies it’s worth. But I absolutely agree with Mo’Nique.
I’m not going to boycott Netflix over this, because I’m selfish and I also love American Vandal. But c’mon, $500,000 for Mo’Nique compared to Amy’s $13 million? Get your house in order, Netflix!