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In early 2018, comedienne and actress Mo’Nique (pictured left) released a social media video in which she made an impassioned plea to fans of her movies and live stand-up comedy performances.
In the 51-year-old’s approximately three-minute Instagram video, the Academy Award-winning Precious star calls for a boycott of Netflix, a multi-billion dollar media service provider, which is the 10th-largest internet-based company in the world.
The primary grievance with the subscription-based streaming giant was based on Mo’Nique’s allegations, which accused executives there of trying to low-ball her for what at the time was a prospective Netflix comedy series featuring the Phat Girlz star.
Mo’Nique’s anti-gender and anti-racial bias campaign against Netflix got mixed reactions from fellow celebrities who have their own platforms and audiences.
One of those fellow celebrities was EGOT Club member and legendary comedienne/actress Whoopi Goldberg (pictured right). Mo’Nique actually crossed paths with Goldberg before the public on The View where the Sister Act star is a co-host. The vocal exchanges between Mo’Nique and Goldberg were in no way kosher.
Visibly frustrated by the back and forth rambling, Goldberg eventually offered Mo’Nique a stern lecture on how to successfully navigate Hollywood’s red tape in her favor.
“I’m going to stop you because, contractually, when you make a movie, regardless of who you sign the deal with, your job is to go and promote said movie. And we’ve had this conversation, and I said if you had called me, I could’ve schooled you on what was expected.” Goldberg, 63, told her fellow comedy legend and thespian.
Nowadays, Mo’Nique appears to have found a way to put her real feelings on record. In a fresh off the press interview with Vulture Magazine, the Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner gave a delayed and distanced response to the on-air tongue lashing her elder peer gave her on The View.
The former The Parkers sitcom queen ushered in her inner 2007 Kanye West swagger by basically telling Goldberg what West rapped on the chorus of his Jeezy-assisted song: “You can’t tell me nothing!”
“How many things has Whoopi Goldberg executive produced?” Whoopi Goldberg has always been the help, and I say that humbly. So what is it that you’re going to school me on? I’ve been doing it for almost 30 years,” Mo’Nique told Vulture in her yearlong anticipated clap back at Goldberg.
“This is a woman who accepted Ted Danson in blackface, and our community praises this woman,” she said in a follow-up jab.
The opening bells for a title bout have obviously already rung. Mo’Nique even has a history of throwing blows at the great Oprah Winfrey, who Mo’Nique accused of conspiring with other puppet masters in Hollywood to blackball her from the industry.
If entertaining black female celebrity beef is the thing to do now (hopefully it is not), then Mo’Nique is certainly making the games begin.