Comedian Mo’Nique is coming to the defence of disgraced comedian Roseanne Barr, telling the Chicago Tribune the former “Roseanne” star isn’t a racist.
The Oscar-winning actress says Barr can’t possibly be a racist because she appeared on “The Mo’Nique Show” when there were black entertainers who wouldn’t “because it was quote-unquote ‘too black.'” Mo’Nique says Barr didn’t question making an appearance.
“When I called on my sista, she said (imitating Barr): ‘Where is it and what time you need me to come?’ And when she showed up, when the cameras weren’t rolling, she said to me: ‘Listen, you’re the real deal. Don’t let them use you up and take advantage of you, because they will. Don’t you let them do that to you,'” Mo’Nique explains.
“Now, a racist woman ain’t gonna say that to me,” she adds.
When pressed specifically about the racist tweets that led to the eventual firing of Barr from her eponymous sitcom, the “Precious” actress brushes it off as a comedian doing a bit, revealing the pair did speak about her choice of words.
“I’m gonna say this: We’re comedians. And I know her. And what she thought was funny, as a comedian, that’s what it was,” she says. “When we talked privately – and we’ve talked privately a lot – she’ll break her jokes down and I’ll know where they’re coming from. She’s like, ‘Listen, you know how I grew up, so how could I start making fun of anybody? I’m not trying to hurt anybody.'”
The comedian adds: “Has she ever said, ‘Kill black people?'”
Mo’Nique continues to defend her pal Barr, explaining that the comedian is doing a lot away from the cameras, including “fighting for the black (concert) promoters” and pushing a documentary about Malcolm X with “a with a brother who’s a Muslim.”
“So when I know about this these things personally, did my sista say some things in poor taste?” Mo’Nique asks. “Some people could say yes. But what I won’t label her as a racist. When she sends me a DM that says, ‘My love, we will rise again like the Phoenix’ – a racist woman wouldn’t do that, would she?”
This isn’t the first time Mo’Nique has defended Barr. In July, the talk show host called Barr her “universal sister” and said she won’t “throw her away for making a mistake.”