Mo’Nique has been slammed by Lee Daniels who criticized the comedienne/actress for accusing him of blackballing her career.
In a new video interview on TMZ’s web talk show “Raq Rants”, Lee Daniels believes the only person to blame for Mo’Nique‘s career troubles is Mo’Nique.
The comedian, who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in Daniels’ “Precious,” previously slammed the director, along with Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey, for allegedly blackballing her from Hollywood and paying her unfairly for her work on the film, an accusation all involved have vehemently denied — and one that Daniels finds incredibly offensive.
“I fought hard for her to get that job. I wanted her to get that job. And she was paid her money,” Daniels, 58, told “Raq Rants” on Friday.
“She was paid the money for the budget that we had. And for her to badmouth myself and Tyler and Oprah is disrespectful and it’s wrong. She’s out of pocket. She’s really wrong.”
“I respect her [as an] actor because she gave me her soul, but I gave her my soul. And for that she was given the Golden Globe and the Academy Award … and it breaks my heart that she feels that we blackballed her. No one blackballed her. Mo’Nique blackballed her. And for her to continue to speak about Oprah and myself and Tyler is disrespectful.”
The “Mo’Nique Was Blackballed After Winning an Oscar For Precious” narrative has been an ongoing part of popular culture for just over three years. It began when the actress told The Hollywood Reporter that the film’s director, Lee Daniels, and producers, Tyler Perry and Oprah, were responsible for an industry-wide blackballing because she “didn’t play the game.” The “game,” it turns out, was dutifully participating in Precious’s awards season promo.
Mo’Nique reportedly refused to campaign for “Precious” during awards season despite taking home the Golden Globe and Academy Award for her role as Mary Lee Johnston, the abusive mother of the titular character.
In February 2015, Mo’Nique lamented to The Hollywood Reporter,
“I got a phone call from Lee Daniels maybe six or seven months ago, and he said to me, ‘Mo’Nique, you’ve been blackballed.’ And I said, ‘I’ve been blackballed? Why have I been blackballed?’ And he said, ‘Because you didn’t play the game.
At the time, Daniels responded to Mo’Nique’s criticisms, saying:
“During the [Oscar] campaign, she was making unreasonable demands, and I remember thinking ‘this is when reverse racism happens.’ You have to thank the producers of the film, you have to thank the studio, and she didn’t understand that. People aren’t going to respond well. I love her, I’ve spoken to her. She’s brilliant, and I love working with brilliant people.
Sometimes artists get in their own way — I know I certainly do often, I have my own demons. I think that there were demands that were made on the ‘Precious’ campaign that everyone knows hurt her. I told her that. You’ve gotta play ball. This is not just show — it is show business.”
Last year, Mo’Nique railed about Daniels, Perry and Winfrey in a vulgar rant during a comedy show, saying she wasn’t blackballed at all. No, she was “whiteballed.” Said Mo’Nique:
“What is that black d—k connected to? That black man? So no, I was not blackballed. I was white-balled by some black d—ks who have no balls.
Thank you, Mr. Lee Daniels. Thank you, Mr. Tyler Perry. Thank you, Ms. Oprah Winfrey. See, I know they like to say, ‘Mo’Nique, you talk too motherfuckin’ much.’ It would kill me not to say the real shit. You are not paying me equally. You are not treating me fairly, so you can suck my dick if I had one.”
Since then, she has also called for a boycott against Netflix for alleged sexism and racism she faced during failed contract negotiations.
Other stars, including Charlamagne Tha God and Whoopi Goldberg, have come out against Mo’Nique’s claims, with Goldberg telling the comic she would have “schooled [her] on what was expected” for refusing to promote “Precious.”