Mo’Nique is accusing Netflix of gender and racial bias after what she feels was an unfair offer.
In a new Instagram message, the comedienne calls for fans to boycott the streaming service, alleging that they offered her a deal to perform a stand-up routine at a fraction of the rates they offered Amy Schumer, Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle.
“I was offered a $500,000 deal last week to do a comedy special,” she says in the video. “However, Amy Schumer was offered $11 million, Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle [were offered] $20 million. Then, Amy Schumer went back and renegotiated [$2 million more], because she said, ‘I shouldn’t get what the men are getting – they’re legends. However, I should get more.’ And Netflix agreed.”
Last August, Schumer clarified reports that she asked Netflix for the same payment as Rock and Chappelle, revealing on Instagram, “I didn’t ask for the same as my friends. I did ask for more than the initial offer.”
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Hot dog dog. Thanks for chiming in on what you feel I deserve to be paid. I believe women deserve equal pay. However I don't believe I deserve equal pay to Chris and Dave. They are legends and 2 of the greatest comics of all time. I would like to say that I have been selling out arenas these last couple years. Something a female comic has never done. That's a big deal to me, especially because I know I do my best every night on stage for the audience and they have a good time. I didn't ask for the same as my friends. I did ask for more than the initial offer. I will continue to work my ass off and be the best performer I can be. The reports of me "demanding" or "insisting" on equal pay to them aren't a true. #fat #stealsjokes
Mo’Nique’s video also accuses Netflix of ignoring her resume, which includes an Academy Award for her 2009 role in “Precious”, a Grammy nomination and nearly 20 years of TV and film credits, while justifying Schumer’s fee by citing her two sold-out gigs at Madison Square Garden and recent box office success. “Is that not Amy Schumer’s resume?” Mo’Nique asks.
Adding insult to injury, the actress claims Netflix acknowledged her as a legend despite denying her a higher rate, prompting her to ask, “Why shouldn’t I get what the legends are getting?”
Meanwhile, a Netflix spokesperson tells ET Canada, “We don’t comment on contract negotiations.”
Jada Pinkett Smith later weighed in on the controversy, imploring fans not to “allow [Mo’Nique’s approach] to make you blind to the fact that non-white women and impoverished white women are underpaid, underrepresented and undervalued EVERYWHERE by EVERYONE.”
It’s not the first time Mo’Nique has stirred the pot publicly; last year, she made headlines after calling out Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry and Lee Daniels during a stand-up routine, telling them, “You are not treating me fairly, so y’all can suck my d**k if I had one.”