Why I Won’t Be Joining Mo’Nique’s Netflix Boycott
Academy Award winning actress and comedian MoNique brings the laughs to Levity Live, Jan. 19-20. (Photo: EARL GIBSON III, AP)
I don’t usually spend a lot of idle time on social media, but when spending the weekend fighting bronchitis in bed–Social Media happens! Well, to be fair, it was a combination of Netflix and Facebook, so not a total binge. I watched the new Katt Williams stand up special (Hilarious!), took intermittent naps, and got a feel for what the people of Facebook were talking about. One of the bigger topics to splash my screen was conversations about Mo’Niques call to boycott Netflix. Having just spent so much time perusing Netflix I felt convicted to find out why she wanted me to stop.
I’m going to give a quick recap on this, so pay attention. Netflix offered Mo’Nique $500,000 to do a project with them to which she said no. She thought the price was insulting and asked them to rethink it. After rethinking it, Netflix came back and said thank you, but no thank you. Yep, instead of negotiating they canceled altogether.
Mo’Nique brought her talents to Sway’s radio show to let it all out about how she felt about the situation. She said she’s the most decorated living comedian and Netflix should’ve offered her as much as Dave Chapelle ($20 million), Chris Rock ($20 million), and Amy Schumer ($13 million). Mo’Nique called for a boycott of Netflix on the grounds of racism and sexism, and she went on to talk about how she felt taking a low offer would make it harder for women like Tiffany Haddish to make the kind of money they should.
There are two sides to this Hollywood coin. On the one hand, Mo’Nique is NOT “the most decorated living comedian,” but has certainly accomplished much in her career. In the past 18 years, she has had roles in 16 movies including her most