Actor and comedian Mo’Nique is urging her fans to boycott Netflix on the grounds of color and gender bias.
She took to social media this weekend to explain her thoughts.
“BOYCOTT NETFLIX FIR COLOR BIAS AND GENDER BIAS,” she wrote on Twitter. “PLEASE STAND WITH ME. I LOVE US.”
— Mo’Nique Worldwide (@moworldwide) January 19, 2018
She also included an Instagram rant where she accused Netflix of discrimination.
“I was offered $500,000 last week to do a comedy special,” she explained. “However, Amy Schumer was offered $11 million, Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock $20 million.”
So it must be Netflix that has a problem. Not the fact that literally nobody knows or cares about Mo’Nique.
What we have here is a classic example of pulling the race/gender card for convenience. It’s much easier to accuse a massive corporation of prejudice than have to face the truth that maybe you’re just not that funny.
What’s really confusing here is that Mo’Nique accuses Netflix of both racism and sexism when racial and gender minorities have been widely successful on the streaming platform. On the one hand, she says Netflix is racist, yet Chris Rock and Dave Chapelle — two black comedians — are two of the highest paid comedians in history. She also claims Netflix underpays women but Amy Schumer, a female comedian superstar, routinely sells out arenas and just raked in $13 million for one show.
The bottom line here is that Netflix told Mo’Nique the truth and it hurt her feelings. Netflix has zero reason to believe that Mo’Nique can compete with Dave Chapelle, Chris Rock, or Amy Schumer. It has absolutely nothing to do with her race or skin color, and everything to do with her talent. Maybe once she starts acting like a professional and stops whining about conspiratorial pay gaps, entertainment execs will take her a little more seriously.
Besides, I don’t think there’s much of a market for politically correct comedians just yet.
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