Mo’Nique is calling for fans and followers to boycott Netflix, claiming the streaming service is guilty of gender and color bias.
The Oscar-winning actress, 50, claimed in an Instagram video that Netflix recently offered her a $500,000 deal for a comedy special, while other comedians such as Amy Schumer and Dave Chappelle received $13 million and $20 million.
Mo’Nique said she went back to Netflix and asked about the pay disparity, also citing Chris Rock’s reportedly massive $20 million-per-special deal.
“‘Well, we believe that’s what Mo’Nique would bring,’” she recalled executives telling her. “I said, ‘What about my résumé?’ ‘We don’t go off of resumes.’”
The “Precious” star then asked what made Schumer worth millions, and Netflix allegedly cited her two sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden and a hit summer movie. “Is that not Amy Schumer’s résumé?” she asked, rhetorically.
Mo’Nique says Netflix ended its conversation by telling her that she, too, is a “legend.” “Then why shouldn’t I get what the legends are getting?” she said in the video.
A spokesperson for Netflix told Page Six on Friday, “We don’t comment on contract negotiations.”
Currently, Netflix has a Mo’Nique special airing on its service titled, “I Coulda Been your Cellmate.”
This isn’t the first time the stand-up comedian has lashed out about pay disparity, as she previously slammed Oprah Winfrey, Lee Daniels and Tyler Perry for blackballing her in Hollywood.
“I know they like to say, ‘Mo’Nique, you talk too motherf—kin’ much.’ It would kill me not to say the real s—t … You are not paying me equally,” she said during her performance at the Apollo Theater in May. “You are not treating me fairly, so you can suck my d—k if I had one.”
Source: Page Six (Francesca Bacardi)
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