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Monday, January 29, 2018

Is Mo’Nique Really Worth $20 Million Like Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock?

Mo'Nique posted a video calling out Netflix for gender bias and race bias

Mo’Nique posted a video calling out Netflix for gender bias and race bias

Nationwide — Besides being a comedienne on-cam, Mo’Nique has been known for her strong-willed personality. In her latest issue, she asks her fans and supporters to boycott Netflix as she claims that its executives have discriminated her because of her gender and race.

In a series of Instagram posts, Mo’Nique has called out the multi-billion dollar company for allegedly discriminating her for offering significantly less money than the other male and white actors.

“I am asking that you stand with me and boycott Netflix for gender bias and color bias,” she stated in the first video. “I was offered a $500,000 deal last week to do a comedy special. However, Amy Schumer was offered $11 million, Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle $20 million.”

She continued explaining that when she and her team asked Netflix to “explain the difference” between her offer and the aforementioned names, they immediately responded that they believe “this is what Mo’Nique would bring.” Even after putting forward her broad work history and impressive awards, she said they “don’t go off of résumés.”

She also said that Schumer negotiated for an additional $2 million which Netflix had given.

Shortly after the initial video, Mo’Nique posted another one after knowing that Wanda Sykes received an offer from Netflix to do a comedy special for only $250,000. She said, “But how is it that when it comes to these two black female comedians that are still at the top of their game after 50+ years being in this business be offered $750,000 collectively?” she said. “Make that make sense.”

In the most recent video she posted on Instagram, she stood together with her husband Sydney in front of a shelf filled with her numerous awards, including her Oscars award for the movie Precious.

She did some math with the information they got from Box Office Mojo. She said, “In 2017, Amy Schumer did a film called Snatched. That film made $45 million domestically. In 2016, I did a film called Almost Christmas. That film made $42 million domestically. Amy Schumer’s budget for Snatched was $42 million… and it was in 3,511 theaters. Almost Christmas‘s budget was $17 million and it made $42 million — a $25 million profit — and it was in 2,379 theaters.”

She continued, “Could somebody please make it make sense? And can you see the disparity in that number and what bankability really is?”

She already clarified that she has nothing against Amy Schumer but it seems that she cannot just let another issue of “pay disparity” based on gender and race pass.

Netflix, however, said in a statement, “Netflix does not comment on contract negotiations.”