Say What Now? Mo'Nique Compares Herself to Martin Luther King and Muhammad Ali While Defending Her Status in Hollywood |

Say What Now? Mo’Nique Compares Herself to Martin Luther King and Muhammad Ali While Defending Her Status in Hollywood


Mo’Nique is still carrying on in the media about how she’s been blackballed by Hollywood after making the initial claims a few weeks ago.

She spoke with The Wrap about her frustrations and questioned why as an Academy Award-winning actress she can’t seem to get jobs.

“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.’”

She also denied being difficult and unreasonable, comparing her working demands to those of civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Muhummad Ali.

“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.”

Earlier this week, she told Good Morning America that she feels Lee Daniels’ is mad at her because she didn’t thank him during her Oscar acceptance speech — but she hasn’t spoken with him.

“No, I haven’t talked to Lee. If my brother Lee calls me up, I would most definitely accept that call.”

We get it, Mo’Nique. Finding good work has been tough. Halle Berry says the same thing. 

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