January 29, 2016 at 2:20 pm #213728
She’s the same girl that Tom used to pillory for not attending rando critics awards back in 2009, but I personally love that.
In other words: Classic Mo’Nique.
[b]Do you feel the Oscars is not a ceremony for black people?[/b]
How long have you been watching the Oscars?
[b]Probably since the late ’70s.[/b]
Now, if you’ve been watching the Oscars since the ‘70s, how many people of color — because I don’t want to just make it about black people — have won that award versus people who are white?
[b]Maybe 3 percent versus 97 percent? Maybe less?[/b]
So it’s 2016 and you’re asking me, as a person of color, “Do I really think that the Oscars are not for people of color?” Now I’m asking you, as a person not of color, what do you think? Do you believe your eyes or are you going to let them lie to you?
[b]Obviously the system is unfair and there’s a discrepancy that needs to be fixed and now they’re taking active steps to do that. But Oscar has acknowledged certain African-American artists over the years, beginning with Hattie McDaniel and Sidney Poitier and Halle Berry through to yourself. It’s taken time to acknowledge these parts but they do get recognition.[/b]
When you say “it’s taken time,” what do you mean by that?
[b]The way I see it, it’s all indicative of a bigger problem in mainstream filmmaking. And not just about people of color. For a long time gay people and trans people and all kinds of people did not see their realities reflected on screens. In 2016, the world does not look how it looked 50, 80 years ago and it is time for a much faster change. That’s how I feel.[/b]
So if you as a white man feel that way, how do you think we as people of color feel? So that’s why when I say oftentimes it’s better that we have a conversation and it not be questions and answers. Then we have a better interview. Because when you start answering your own questions, you answer the question you’re asking me. Which is, “Mo’Nique do you really feel that it’s not for people of color?” Well, you answered it. You as a child have been watching the Oscars since the ‘70s and you said it’s 97 percent white. Well that’s a huge gap. You’re not saying it’s 60-40. Not 70-30. It’s 97-3.
[b]Are you planning on boycotting the Oscars?[/b]
No. But I wasn’t planning on watching the Oscars. (Laughs.)
[b]Do you expect to be invited? You are an Oscar winner, after all.[/b]
They did invite me last year. Do I plan on boycotting? No. But I haven’t planned on watching it. Because growing up as a little girl, I didn’t see people like me getting that award.
[b]But you won one. Against all odds you got an Oscar. And like you said, you didn’t campaign for it. You got it for the strength of your performance.[/b]
I think that there are some performances that happen in this movie industry that the people say, “You can’t deny that performance.” But when you say you won one, what does that mean, that I should always watch the Oscars because I won one?
[b]Let’s say they said to you, “Mo’Nique, we want you to present the best actress award this year. Yes the field is all white women, but we want you to represent on the Oscar stage.” Would you do that?[/b]
At this point I would not because I’m on tour. And anytime I get with my family, that’s where I spend it. So if they were to call, I would say, “I appreciate it, but when I’m on the road, I am with my family.” The year after I won my award, they asked me to come back and present. That was tradition. Well, I don’t live in California, I live in Georgia, so I said, “Sure, I’ll do that. I don’t have a problem with tradition. However,” and it actually was my husband having the conversation, “you will have to fly Mo’Nique and her team out and you would have to pay for her team — for hair and makeup and wardrobe — because that’s a night where there’s a lot of picture-taking and it’s TV.” And they said, “That’s not something that we do. We don’t fly anyone in and pay for anyone and put anyone up.” And we said, “We understand. But that’s not something we do either. We don’t pay out money to come on your program. We understand tradition but it’s our tradition that we can’t do it for free.” They said they understood and there were no hard feelings and we said maybe one day down the road we can do business. That’s what it was.
[b]To be clear, you’re not boycotting, but if they were to pay to fly you and your team out, you still wouldn’t do it because you’re on tour right now.[/b]
I’ve said it twice: When I’m on tour, any time I get off I spend with my family. I’m a wife and a mother. Now, I’ve said it to you twice and you come back with, “But if they offered you this,” as if to say, “Your family is unimportant, this is Hollywood.”
[b]What if they paid to fly your family out too?[/b]
I put my family before fame. When you read those [show business] biographies, a lot of them say, “I gave everything to the business and nothing to my family. So when I got to the end of my journey there was no family there nor was there the business.” I don’t want that to be my story. So it’s not just the Oscars — it’s any awards show. Now if someone calls and says, “We want to offer you a movie deal,” and it makes sense, then yes. Because it’s a financial benefit for my family. We do what we need to do but not for the sake of having my picture taken.
[b]What work by black actors and filmmakers did you feel was egregiously overlooked by the Academy this year?[/b]
I don’t put that kind of value onto an award show. But Idris Elba’s performance in Beasts of No Nation was amazing. Michael B. Jordan in Creed was amazing. All of the brothers that played N.W.A. in Straight Outta Compton were amazing. But their award and reward will come when they get the paychecks that go along with those performances. If you ask any talent — black, white, Asian, Latino — would you rather have: a trophy or the multimillion-dollar paycheck that goes along with your performance, which would you rather have?
[b]I would take the money.[/b]
(Laughs.) Right! You would take the money.
[b]But sometimes you can have the money and the Oscar. And sometimes the Oscar gets you the money.[/b]
I agree with you, that is the tradition. But who does it get the bigger paychecks for?
[b]I guess you’re saying just white actors.[/b]
So when you say, “Well, like, I guess white actors,” let’s not take a guess. Who gets attached to the big paychecks? How many stories have you read that a black actress signed a multimillion-dollar movie deal after winning the Oscar?
[b]Halle Berry’s done well for herself. And Denzel Washington gets paid millions of dollars.[/b]
I said black actresses. Denzel Washington was already a multimillion-dollar actor. Now you named Halle Berry. Name me another one.
(Laughs.) As my husband has said to me over and over again, he says, “Mama, it’s not that they’re bad people. They just haven’t had the conversations that allow them to think differently.” So when people ask me about Hollywood and racism, it’s not that there’s racism and they are horrible people. No. We’ve just been conditioned and it’s a tradition that it’s only been done this way.
[b]Do you resent your Oscar?[/b]
Here’s the thing: Please don’t ever put words in my mouth or think that you know what I’m thinking. I’m grateful for every award where some people said, “We think you deserve this.” May it be Maxine Waters Preparatory School where 12 women who are getting their life back on track said, “Mo’Nique, we want to give you this plaque.” I’m grateful for every award I’ve ever been given. I have never been resentful about anything because that would say a lot about me. No, I don’t resent it. I am simply saying I haven’t received the big paychecks yet.
Note: I am completely not to blame for the shitty formatting, the board did that itself and I can’t fix it..January 29, 2016 at 2:43 pm #213730
Lmao. Does she have ADHD? She should go back to her comedy career. This woman is inexplicably funny. My hero!January 29, 2016 at 2:45 pm #213731
Yyyesssss….Mo’Nique was ready and on point.January 29, 2016 at 2:55 pm #213732
Mo’Nique is a piece of work, isn’t she lol? Her Oscar win is still one of the most worthy that the Academy’s ever thought to bestow. Too bad she’s like . . . this in real-life, but whatevs. Do you, Mo’!January 29, 2016 at 5:27 pm #213733
Ummm, LMFAOOO!January 29, 2016 at 5:55 pm #213734
She is a hot mess, and I always loved that about her. She needs to get back to comedy.January 29, 2016 at 7:02 pm #213735
She’s so fucking dismissive. And I’m sorry, she can get her point across without being rude. But she’s always so combative. I thought the reporter was asking fair questions, but she just seems so condescending. Good riddance.January 29, 2016 at 9:46 pm #213736
MoNique is a mixed bag for me. Her performance in Precious is amazing, but I’ve seen MoNique before Precious in both standup and movies, and she always had a fiery temper boiling beneath her; the role she played was not a stretch by any means. She played the “angry drugged up mom” role as well as others could have.
Her attitude is appauling, and very sad. She seems angry. A lot. Not sure if she just went through rough patches with agents and producers, but it seems bizarre. She seems to claim her quotes are coming from her husband a lot. I’ve seen him standing next to her in interviews and shows and he seems very quiet and yet there’s this snooty air about him. It could be my perception but the whole relationship seems crude and focused on money. Not that other actors don’t like money, but she puts a lot of emphasis on getting paid to show up- constantly and repeatedly.
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Haters to the back, because Mo is giving us some T.R.U.T.H.
She’s not being rude. She just ain’t got no time to beat around the bush.January 30, 2016 at 5:03 am #213738
She has reason to be angry. They shouldn’t have pissed her off from the start. Let the woman speak.January 30, 2016 at 7:02 am #213739This post was found to be inappropriate by the moderators and has been removed.January 30, 2016 at 8:51 am #213740
Remember when Tom Cruise fired his longtime publicist Pat Kingsley? He found himself spinning out of control in the media, and his career has never really recovered.
I feel that way about Mo’Nique. Who is guiding her? She continues to make foolish errors in the media. It almost appears that she thinks truth is the solution. She doesn’t appear to understand that journalists and media outlets need sensationalism to sell product. She feeds that need to her own detriment.
I admire her work. Mo’Nique was a revelation in Precious. She knocked it out of the park in Bessie. Yet, she doesn’t work much. I think she would have been a knock out as Minny Jackson in The Help. Where was she a few years back in the cable remake of Steel Magnolias? She would have put some teeth in that ho-hum effort.
I never really believed Lee Daniels and his claim that she was blackballed. I do believe that a good publicist would go a long way to improving her image.
She is who she is. She’s loud, brash, impertinent, brazen, and sometimes, impolitic. I like that about her more than her skills as an actor. She just may eat any good publicist alive, and simply go her own way, which it appears, she mostly does.
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Philip K Dick Blade RunnerJanuary 30, 2016 at 11:14 am #213741
Oh Mo’ Nique!!!!!!
I can see her facial expressions and hear the inflection in her voice as I read this interview. I respect her because while she is waiting on “Hollywood” to call she’s still out there making money.January 30, 2016 at 6:39 pm #213742
Preach, Mo’Nique! I love and respect her honesty. #Realism
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