It’s no secret that there has been major controversy over a deal that Netflix offered legendary comedian, Mo’Nique. It became “said controversy” because Mo’Nique decided to boycott them citing “gender bias” and “color bias.”
Fellow comedian Amy Schumer, Chris Rock and Dave Chapelle, have all been offered deals between 11-20 million…… Mo’Nique was not.
Now that you have a little bit of background, let’s get to the juicy stuff. Oh, and mind you, because of how out of proportion this has been blown up, I can’t give you everything in 500 characters….but I will give you as much as I can.
Mo’Nique has come for anyone that has disagreed about what she believes to be inequality. From Sheryl Underwood, Roland Martin, Oprah, Charlamange and a few others.
Now, I’ll be the first to tell you, I love Mo’Nique, I think she is legendary (as previously mentioned) and I do think that there are women all over the world dealing with an improper pay grade. Here’s where Houston has a problem…..
In today’s world/industry, relevance is key and reputation is everything. When you talk about relevance, realistically speaking, Mo’Nique is not what’s poppin’ right now. Sure, she’s had her movies where she’s been funny, however, relevance in this day means to cultivate a ‘thing’ with solely your name on it.
In her case, selling out an arena for a comedy show and not making workout videos on IG 24/7 would eliminate controversies such as these.
….Then there’s your reputation. When you don’t have money, relevance or either of the two, your reputation should speak volumes. As long as you have a good reputation, you can always build on that. Granted, I can relate to Mo’Nique in the fact that I’m not for everyone. I think in some cases, though, it’s more important to pick and choose your battles. This is definitely one of those cases.
Mo’Nique has compared herself to the incomparable Viola Davis, and many other black women who are experiencing an unfair pay grade. The difference is, Viola is relevant, has a great reputation, has the right to speak her truth solely because she’s in the category to do so and when someone doesn’t see her worth, she cultivates her own truth.
My opinion? I appreciate your fight, Mo, I really do….but open dialogue will always win over social media. “Coming for everyone” that doesn’t agree with you and coming up with receipt after receipt to prove your point will eventually get old. As far as most are concerned, it has. Get some money together, and go create your own special.