Mo’Nique has never been afraid to speak her mind, recently calling out streaming giant Netflix over what she deems “gender bias and color bias.”
The Oscar-winner took to Instagram to galvanize fans into joining her mission, explaining that Netflix offered her $500,000 for a comeback stand-up special while offering Amy Schumer $11 million last year. They also reportedly offered Chris Rock $40 million for two specials and Dave Chappelle $60 million for four, according to Business Insider.
When asked why her extensive resume wasn’t considered while making the offer, Mo’Nique claims the streaming service replied, “We don’t go off of resumes,” only to read off Schumer’s resume as reason for her hefty paycheck.
The former sit-com star also claims Netflix referred to her as a “legend,” which means she should get paid similarly to what legends, such as Rock and Chappelle, were paid.
Check out her full explanation below.
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Some feel the comic is asking for too much.
No living comedian should be making $12 mil off a 1 hour Netflix special. Clearly Netflix realized their mistake with throwing the bank at Amy Schumer but now it’s got Monique feeling salty.
— Erik Kylemonger (@muzikyle) January 19, 2018
We’re supposed to boycott Netflix cuz Monique can’t negotiate a deal? pic.twitter.com/WxHMXKsdmn
— Hotep Jesus 🤴🏾 (@VibeHi) January 19, 2018
Others agreed with the star.
monique on IG asking us to boycott netflix and she made some valid points. damn @netflix why didn’t y’all want to offer her more money? 😩
her offer- $500K
amy schumer- $12 million
— t. (@tadzSOcrucial) January 19, 2018
Monique deserves more than 500k honestly . Netflix could give her at least 1 million. 🤷🏽♀️🤷🏽♀️🤷🏽♀️
— kay🧜🏽♀️ (@noguava) January 19, 2018
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.