Oscar winner Mo’nique has been sweating under the spotlight recently, but bravely speaking out about how she feels she’s been “blackballed” since winning her Oscar.
One would expect that the offers might fly in after such an honour is given to you, but Mo’nique has said it’s actually been the complete opposite…
“When you win an Academy Award, what do you believe that the award is supposed to do? Should it elevate your career financially? So, when we get offers that appear as if I just got off the Greyhound bus and just got to Hollywood and we say, ‘Well, can we get what’s fair?’ that’s gonna appear overly aggressive if [the studios and production companies] not used to people saying, ‘Can you just give us what’s fair.'”
“We’re not asking for any more, but we’re not asking for any less. We’re just asking for what’s fair. When you hear my sisters Gwyneth Paltrow and Patricia Arquette who happen to be white women, and they say, ‘Can we have wage equality in Hollywood?’ Well, if there are white women saying that, what do you think we’re getting?”
“So, it makes us smile to the universe when we hear, ‘[My business partner/manager] is overly aggressive,’ because we’re asking for fair. That’s the same thing some people said about Dr. Martin Luther King. He was ‘overly aggressive’ because he was simply asking to be treated fairly. Some people said the same thing about Muhammad Ali because he said, ‘I will not go fight in the war when those people have done nothing to me.’ Now, by no means am I comparing myself to those amazing people.”
Mo’Nique wrote an essay in the February 27 issue of The Hollywood Reporter that she got a phone call from director-producer Lee Daniels and he said ‘Mo’Nique, you’ve been blackballed.’ She said, ‘Why?’ And he said, ‘Because you didn’t play the game’. She then asks, ‘Well, what game is that?’ Daniels gave her no response. EEESH! That’s some Hollywood mafia type shit! Kiss the right asses, folks! OR — if you’re like Mo’nique and your pride is too strong, DON’T!