Hey my babies, y’all know Mo’Nique loves us for real, and she’s making sure that love is reciprocated when it comes to her career! Today she took to instagram to confirm that she is suing streaming giant #Netflix for gender and race discrimination.
According to NBC News, Mo’Nique is taking action for what she feels is discrimination against her race and gender. Now, let’s make sure we’re putting respect on Mo’Nique’s name, she’s an Oscar-winning actress, seasoned comedian and an all-around veteran in this entertainment industry. If you remember, a few months ago Mo’Nique wasn’t happy with the low-ball offer she received from Netflix for a stand-up comedy special.
Netflix reportedly offered other comedians like Amy Schumer $13M, Eddie Murphy $70M and reportedly offered MoMo around $500K for her special. And that’s the problem #Roommates! In the 39-page filing Mo’Nique calls out everyone and also addresses the lack of diversity in Hollywood as well as the gender wage gap, saying:
“Despite Mo’Nique’s extensive résumé and documented history of comedic success, when Netflix presented her with an offer of employment for an exclusive stand-up comedy special, Netflix made a lowball offer that was only a fraction of what Netflix paid other (non-Black female) comedians,” according to the lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages and was filed on her behalf by attorneys at the deRubertis Law Firm, APC and Schimmel & Parks, APLC.
Her lawsuit also included: “When the talent was not a Black woman, Netflix offered to pay, and did pay, astronomically more than it pays to Black women like it offered to Mo’Nique.”
MoMo also took to her instagram to give her own statement about what happened, she said: “Hey my loves- I can confirm that today I filed a pay discrimination lawsuit against Netflix. I had a choice to make: I could accept what I felt was pay discrimination or I could stand up for those who came before me and those who will come after me. I chose to stand up. I don’t have any further comment at this time, but I appreciate all of your support and love.”