Now That You’ve Thought About It, Is It #TeamMonique or All About That #NetflixNChill Life?

Mo’Nique attends the BET Hip Hop Awards on Oct. 2, 2010, in Atlanta. (Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
Mo’Nique attends the BET Hip Hop Awards on Oct. 2, 2010, in Atlanta. (Taylor Hill/Getty Images)

Voices seem to be split on Mo’nique and her ask for us to quit Netflix because of what she calls its “gender and color bias.” She made the claim after the company offered her a paltry $500,000 for a comedy special, even though she’s an Oscar-winning actress with more than 18 years in the comedy game, while giving other women and black comedians (Amy Schumer, Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock) $11 million, $20 million and $22 million respectively—a big pay disparity.

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The actress recently took to Instagram and said the following:

I am asking that you stand with me and boycott Netflix for gender bias and color bias. I was offered a $500,000 deal last week to do a comedy special. 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.

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The blogger and cultural critic Son of Baldwin (born Robert Jones Jr.) offered compelling reasons for supporting the actress, including the fact that she’s been a longtime truth teller about Hollywood’s fuck shit, as well as respectability politics, colorism and anti-fat bias in our community:

So telling the truth is a bad thing now? Mo’NIque has been calling out all the hypocritical, misogynoiristic, white supremacist, patriarchal shit in the industry, on her own behalf and on the behalf of others, and folks think she “rightfully” should be punished for it?”

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Why do people find just supporting Mo’Nique so fucking HARD?

P.S. And don’t think I don’t peep the discrepancies and excuses being used to understand #TraceeEllisRoss’ protest and shit on #MoNique’s.#Colorism #Sizeism #Fatantagonism #RespectabilityPolitics

But Chris Rock’s brother Tony Rock predictably echoed the other side of the coin, telling TMZ that the comedian (the Academy Award-winning comedian, that is) should “get [her] weight up.”

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“You get your check to say what you want your check to say,” he said.

Say what?

What say you?

Do we support Tracee Ellis Ross because of how she looks and the fact that she “plays the game”?

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Is Mo’Nique too fat, black and flagrant to be supported?

Is Netflix too good to give up???

Ms. Bronner Helm is the Senior Editorial Director at Colorlines. Mouthy Black Girl. Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Fellow. Shea Butter Feminist. Virgo Sun, Aries Moon.

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DISCUSSION

Is Mo’Nique too fat, black and flagrant to be supported?

Is Netflix too good to give up????

These are four separate questions that are as pernicious as they are pertinent to Mo’Nique and her continuing, self-inflicted struggles. Let’s examine them together below:

#1 Is Mo’Nique too fat? Well, she is not my cup of tea, but I am a gay male, so there’s that. Is she modeling for Lane Bryant on the side? Don’t think so; Danielle Brooks is shining too bright there. Her personal brand is too flammable, and she is notorious for not wanting to shave her legs, but that is a whole different story. Appearances do matter, but SOMEBODY is sexing that woman, so that is relative. Let’s move on.

#2 is Mo’Nique too black? As in too woke, or too melanated? Like her or not (I don’t, personally) Mo’Nique probably has a standing invitation to somebody’s cookout. Mo’Nique is not winning any awards for being Wokest Woman, because she tears down her own kind with ferocity. If the question is on the topic of her skin color, she is a luscious brown, so carry on. If both Viola Davis and Halle Berry can both exist in Hollywood at the same time, there should be room for a well-behaved Mo’Nique if you must apply a melanin spectrum analysis.

#3 is Mo’Nique too flagrant? Is an elephant heavy? This question is the only question that really needs answering. Mo’Nique believes that she is owed certain things, just because she has been in the black zeitgeist for some time. The problem is that in that span of time, she was celebrated with an Academy Award for playing a horrible mother. Which is ironic, because with the way she treats her colleagues, and airs them out, is it art imitating life that she is a horrible person, or the other way around? Either way, this woman burns bridges.

#4 is Netflix too good to give up? Mo’Nique is not coming between myself and myself having a chill evening after work, and she damn sure is not coming between myself and some dick that wants to come over and pretend to watch a show on Netflix. Sis, get over yourself, you were never so funny that you could act the way you do amongst colleagues who play the damn game. Furthermore, you are not groundbreaking enough to change said game up.