Actress and comedienne Mo’Nique made it clear she wasn’t taking any prisoners when she came for media queen Oprah Winfrey. Now, Winfrey has spoken out about her ongoing feud with Mo’Nique.
Oprah Doesn't Have Time
Winfrey was asked if she would ever have a sit-down interview with not only Mo’Nique, but President Donald Trump when he blasted her amid speculation that she would be running for President in 2020. In true Winfrey form, she kept it all the way classy.
“I don’t focus on negativity,” said Winfrey during an interview with Hip Hollywood. “I don’t bring it into my sphere.”
Interestingly enough, Winfrey and Mo’Nique weren’t always on opposite sides of the pole. Things went left after Mo’Nique openly refused to promote Precious, a movie Winfrey had a huge hand in along with Tyler Perry and Lee Daniels. Mo’Nique said promoting the film was not a part of her contract, and has maintained that she did nothing wrong when she opted out of going to the Cannes Film Festival to help promote the then-new film.
Where It All Went Wrong
Mo’Nique has pointed the finger at Winfrey, Perry, and Daniels for her inability to work on a major project such as Precious in nearly 10 years after the three along with Lionsgate studio allegedly blackballed her.
“It’s affecting my livelihood,” said Mo’Nique in an interview. “My family is hurting because these low offers keep coming in… When those four entities, Oprah Winfrey, Lee Daniels, Tyler Perry, and Lionsgate, allowed that lie to go on and simply because I would not work for free.”
Mo’Nique has gone as far as saying that Winfrey does not stand behind the progression of African American women in Hollywood. She also made headlines when she called for African-Americans to boycott Netflix. She said the streaming service only wanted to pay her $500,000 for a comedy special while Amy Schumer, Chris Rock, and Dave Chappelle were offered well into the millions.
Stars With Mo'Nique
While Mo’Nique has also called out stars like Adrienne Bailon, Julie Chen, and Sheryl Underwood for saying she needs to apologize for blasting Winfrey and others, Mo’Nique does have celebrities who are not afraid to support her publicly.
“Non-white women and impoverished white women are underpaid, underrepresented and undervalued EVERYWHERE by EVERYONE,” said Jada Pinkett Smith in her tweet that supported Mo’Nique. “As a community, we should be supporting the light she is shining on this truth.”
Chance The Rapper also got lots of attention when he tweeted in support of Mo’Nique with no shame.
Im with Mo’Nique. — Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) February 24, 2018
Anybody remember when Mo’Nique filmed a special in a women’s correctional facility? — Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) February 24, 2018
I remember — Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) February 24, 2018
Black women, you deserve better. — Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) February 24, 2018
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