Gender equality and equal pay in Hollywood has been a prime topic of conversation in media for the past several months, and became a prevalent theme at the 2018 Golden Globes. But if you ask Mo’Nique, there’s still a whole lot of work to be done to ensure Black actresses are given their fair share as well.
Today, the Precious actress called for her Instagram followers to join her in boycotting Netflix while explaining the reason behind the ask.
“I was offered a $500,000 deal last week to do a comedy special [with Netflix],” she explains. “However, Amy Schumer was offered $11 million, Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle, $20 million. Then Amy Schumer went back and renegotiated 2 more million dollars because she said ‘I shouldn’t get what the men are getting, they’re legends, however I should get more,’ and Netflix agreed.”
Mo’Nique goes on to explain that the streaming giant wasn’t so generous when it was her turn to ask for more money.
“When we asked Netflix to explain the difference, why the money was so different, they said ‘we believe that’s what Mo’Nique will bring.’ We said, ‘Well, what about my résumé?’ They said, ‘We don’t go off of résumés.’ Then we asked them what was it about Amy Schumer and they said, ‘Well, she sold out Madison Square Garden twice and she had a big movie over the summer.’ Is that not Amy Schumer’s résumé? And then Netflix said, ‘By the way, we believe Mo’Nique is a legend too.’ Why shouldn’t I get what the legends are getting? Please stand with me in this boycott of Netflix. I love us for real.”
This isn’t the first time Mo’Nique has been vocal about equal pay for Black women. The comedian/actress, who was only paid $50,000 for her Oscar-winning role in Precious (which grossed $47 million at the box office), told Variety that she trusted the film’s director Lee Daniels to look out for her financially. “Myself and Gabourey Sidibe, we should have become multi-millionaires off that movie, had we been given the right information.”
Mo’Nique is not alone in this fight. Tracee Ellis Ross reportedly might be cutting back her Black-ish appearances after discovering she makes “significantly less” than her co-star Anthony Anderson.
Do you agree with Mo’Nique’s reason for boycotting Netflix?
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