The reports are false. Mo’Nique took to Twitter to address the rumors. Here is what she had to say:
Hey my loves. So I gotta address this $10 million Netflix deal. What’s a word that rhymes with ‘jokes’ but starts with an ‘H’? Y’all got it, it’s a got damn hoax. That is not true, my babies. Now just like that lie can become the truth within 24 hours, just like they can make something like that up, they can make something up like your girl is difficult and demanding. So this is what I’ll say to y’all: the truth only goes away if we stop talking, and y’all know I ain’t gon stop talking.”
Netflix did not want to pay Monique what she is worth
You all may remember that actress and comedian Mo’Nique asked fans to boycott Netflix because of the low offer they wanted to pay her for a comedy special. In fact, the amount was only $500,000. This was really an insult to Mo’Nique who had won Oscar for her staring role in the movie “Precious” by director Lee Daniels.
Monique went on her Instagram page and talked about how she felt about such a low offer when other comedians were making so much more. Chris Rock and Dave Chapelle were paid more than $20 million each for the comedy specials on Netflix. Not to mention, that new comedian and actress Amy Schumer was going to be paid $11 million for her comedy special. When Schumer found out that
Amy Schumer was initially offered $11 million for her special. She then negotiated for a higher payday after the offers for Chappelle and Rock were released.
From the Streets of Balitmore
Comedian and actress Mo’Nique was born on December 11, 1967, in Baltimore, Maryland. Monique Imes started her stand up routine in college on a dare from her brother Steven. She took the stage one night during open mic at the Comedy Factory Outlet in Baltimore. The audience loved her, and the club owners offered her the chance to host her own show at a local beauty parlor the following week for $25.
Mo’Nique got her big break because she used her comedy to celebrate plus size women while making fun at “skinny b****”, this resonated with women, especially plus size women. Mo’Nique opened for big name acts such as Keith Sweat and Bobby Brown,”The King of R&B.” In 1989 Mo’Nique appeared on ,It’s Showtime at the Apollo, Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam and BET’s Comic View. Mo’Nique would go on to have a re-occurring role on the hit show Moesha which led to her own show, The Parkers, where in 1999 she c0-starred with reality TV star Countess Vaughn. Mo’Nique made Nikki Parker a household name. The sitcom ran for five seasons and garnered Mo’Nique three NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
Is Mo’Nique the hardest working black women in show business?
Mo’Nique remained on the Parkers ,kept her stand up routine going. She was one of the stars in the hit comedy special, The Queens of Comedy tour, with Adele Givens, Ms. Laura Hayes and Sommore. It was the first time women of color headline a comedy special that was so successful. In 2007 Mo’Nique made headlines with her comedy, performing a landmark show at the Ohio Reformatory for Women called, Coulda Been Your Cellmate.
Mo’Nique did not stop there. All while she was working in show business Mo’Nique got married, raised her sons and embarked on a movie career. Her resume is a mile long, to say the least. Mo’Nique is the author of the book,Skinny Women Are Evil: Notes of a Big Girl in a Small – Minded World. She pinned as second book titled, Skinny Cooks Can’t Be Trusted, which was published in 2006. Here is the kicker, Mo’Nique did not have any formal training like most actors and actresses but she managed to rise to the occasion every time with stellar performances in the hit movie, Good Fences, 2003. Mo’Nique had smaller roles in, Soul Plane, 2004, Hair Show, 2004, and she co-starred with Vivica A. Fox in, Two Can Play That Game, 2001. Mo’Nique was nominated for NAACP Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture.
In 2005, Mo’Nique returned to TV to host the Oxygen Network’s Mo’Nique’s F.A.T. Chance, a beauty contest featuring all plus – sized women. In 2006, the comedian’s extra pounds were at the center of Phat Girlz, a film about an overweight fashion designer in search of love. (This was one of my favorite movies)
Mo’Nique’s role in Shadowboxer, which starred Helen Mirren and Cuba Gooding Jr. displayed her range and depth as an actress. In this movie Mo’Nique was cast as a drug addict. This particular role got Mo’Nique attention she deserved. By the way, the movie was directed by Lee Daniels.
Lee Daniels loved how Mo’Nique portrayed the character and offered her the starring role in, Precious, 2009 , a film based on the novel, Push by Sapphire. Mo’Nique’s character was an angry and abusive mother. This film was very controversial because it displayed Mo’Nique’s character as a child molester and an abusive parent to her obese daughter. Mo’Nique admitted that the role was very difficult for her to play but she knew all to well about the affects of child molestation. Mo’Nique was a victim of child molestation. Allegedly, her older brother was her predator.
Mo’Nique has had so much success in the movie business. It is very puzzling that Netflix would not consider offering Mo’Nique at least the same amount as comedian Amy Schumer. Mo’Nique has a right to be furious with Netflix. Mo’Nique has been a phenomenal actress and comedian. She has paid her dues. We agree with Mo’Nique, she should absolutely be paid $10 million. Of course, we all know that Netflix may not budge on that lousy offer.
Now, you can all see why Mo’Nique is livid with Netflix. For a girl from the inner city of Balitmore, Mo’Nique you have proven you can rock with the best!
Hey, Netflix, pay our girl what she is worth, Wouldya?!!?!